Rise in numbers of OAPs seeking cosmetic surgery

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Plastic surgery procedures such as nose jobs and boob jobs might often be considered the domain of the younger woman seeking their ideal body, but according to a new report, the number of pensioners paying for a nip and a tuck is on the rise.

In a poll by Nuffield Health, more than 60 per cent of surgeons said they had seen an increase in the number of over-65s looking to improve their image, with overall demand up by 50 per cent since 2007.

The report revealed the most sought after procedures for women last year were boob jobs, tummy tucks, eyelid surgery, breast reduction and nose jobs, while men - who are also increasingly turning to surgery to improve their body image - opted for breast reduction, nose jobs, eyelid surgery, ear correction and liposuction.

Ian Whitworth, consultant plastic surgeon at Nuffield Health Bournemouth, told the Daily Mail: "I'm now seeing many more people in their 60s, 70s and even their 80s seeking plastic surgery."

He went on: "They aren't usually looking for radical work, normally face-rejuvenation, and providing they are fit and healthy, we can use new techniques and technologies which are ideally suited to them.

"I also see many more men. Fifteen years ago, surgery on men was very rare. Now they make up around 10 to 15 per cent of the people I see."

Mr Whitworth said he expected the rise in OAP surgeries to continue as the age group grows, but while the older generation are increasingly looking to surgeons to help them look younger, figures released by the plastic surgery body BAAPS revealed that the total number of procedures in the UK dropped by almost 5,000 last year.

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