Obsession with looking young isn’t new, but the number of ways in which we can achieve those results is growing at a rapid pace. One of the most surprising demographics pursuing cosmetic enhancements are those over age 60. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in the last five years, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have increased by 93 percent in adults aged 65 and older.
Changes in the population and economy have clearly played a role in how older Americans are approaching aging. Statistics from the United Nations show that there are 901 million people in the world over the age of 60. Experts expect that number to pass 1 billion by 2030 and 2 billion by 2050.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace
More older Americans than ever are finding themselves unable to get jobs despite desperately needing them. Many seek out part-time jobs to stay busy and active in retirement, but those jobs have been hard to come by as well.
“One factor many patients over 60 discuss as a reason to consider cosmetic procedures is age discrimination in the workplace,” said Dr. Ken Collins of Spokane, Washington. “The first time I heard it I was shocked, but it makes sense with so many older Americans needing to work well past the traditional age of retirement.”
Although it’s illegal to discriminate based on age because of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, cases of age discrimination can be difficult to prove. Even though proving most individual cases is almost impossible, economists at Tulane University and the University of California conducted a study in which they sent out 40,000 fake job applications and then monitored the responses. They found the callback rate for the applications of people over the age of 64 was a staggering 47 percent lower than for the applications sent out for younger workers.
The Always Alluring Fountain of Youth
Not all older Americans are seeking out cosmetic treatments for such serious reasons as work and finances. Some over-60s simply want to look as young as they feel. A study by Pew Research found that the older we get, the younger we feel. Of the surveyed people aged 18 to 29, only a quarter said they felt younger or older than their actual age. However, out of those 65 years old and over who were surveyed, 60 percent reported feeling younger than their age. Not just a few years younger either: A third actually felt 10 to 19 years younger than their current biological age.
“The advancements in cosmetic procedures that have made it possible to look younger without having to go under anesthesia have made the process so much more accessible for older Americans,” said Collins.
Some of the most popular non-surgical treatment in the United States include dermal injections such as Botox or Juvederm, which are usually safe for patients who aren’t in good enough health to go under the knife for more drastic procedures.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788