More Americans age 55 and older are seeking cosmetic procedures, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
There were nearly 50,000 more cosmetic procedures performed on those 55 and older in 2018 than in the previous year, with spikes in surgical procedures like liposuction and breast augmentation, as well as minimally invasive options like Botox and fillers.
This age group also accounted for nearly half of all eyelid surgeries and two-thirds of facelifts performed last year, ASPS reports.
The rise in older Americans seeking cosmetic procedures comes as many re-enter the dating scene. The divorce rate among baby boomers has roughly doubled since the 1990s and roughly 20 million of them are using online dating sites where stakes are high as singles make snap judgments about potential dates as fast as they can swipe, the group states.
“People want to feel and look their best, and they will often tell you, ‘I feel great, and I want to look as good as I feel,’” explains New York City plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso, MD, president of ASPS, in a news release.“Whether it’s surgical or non-surgical, cosmetic procedures give baby boomers something that they can achieve on their own to feel better, look better and give them greater confidence when meeting new people.”