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Does “aging gracefully” require plastic surgery?

In this latest report from the BBC, we see that our friends across the pond are just as obsessed with appearance as we are in America. Apparently, women in their 70’s and 80’s are getting cosmetic breast surgery and face lifts.

One surgeon is quoted as saying:

“We have a growing population of pensioners – and for those who want to maintain a good appearance, ageing gracefully, the surgical options are there.”

Since when did gracefulness have anything to do with surgery?

I wonder if we’re missing the more important things in life (friendship, love, kindness, charity) by focusing on our exteriors? Beauty is a matter of the heart, I think.

Sophia Lauren once said, “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful…” but then again, it looks as if she’s chosen to have extensive cosmetic work done as well.

What do you make of the growing trend in plastic surgery among seniors?

This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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One Response to “Does “aging gracefully” require plastic surgery?”

  1. Victoria50 says:

    I think I would love to have a face lift now that I am approaching 60.  I have always been physically fit and active and feel young.  So, I have a little cellulite on my hips and stretch marks from having twins, but I can cover those up with my clothes.. My face however, is always in plain view, I can’t hide that….I do not like the the tired and scowling look that develops on our faces as we age.   I do smile a lot , but when I’m not , I don’t like that look.  Americans are living much longer and if cosmetic surgery makes you feel better about yourself, I don’t see anything wrong with it.   

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