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Plastic Surgery For Senior Citizens A Rising Trend (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 08/24/2011 9:12 am Updated: 10/24/2011 5:12 am

The younger generations are often criticized for seeking body perfection, but what about the older generations?

The "Today" Show investigated the latest trend in plastic surgery patients: senior citizens. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, almost 85,000 people age 65 and older have gone under the knife and not only for anti-aging procedures like face lifts.

Correspondent Aditi Roy introduces us to Sherri, a 75-year-old woman getting a breast lift and breast implants. She's getting older, she says, and her body is not what it used to be.

"I always tell me husband," said Sherri, "that older women always end up looking like oatmeal boxes or match sticks. And I don't want to look like either one of those." (Oatmeal box -- that's a new body type we hadn't heard of before.)

Simply put, Sherri just wants to get back a bit of her more youthful figure, acknowledging that she can never fully regain her former form but can get close. And like Sherri, many other older women (and men) are doing the same, trying to make their exteriors match the youthful spirit they still feel inside.

But fighting Mother Nature, many argue, is pointless. Just recently Kate Winslet, still years away from senior citizen status, vowed that she would never go under the knife. Her pal Emma Thompson agreed, saying, "We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60."

Is plastic surgery at 75 a reasonable confidence booster -- or a delusional denial of the simple fact of aging?

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