By Rosie Wilson

The number of cosmetic surgery patients over the age of 65 has risen by 49% in the last 7 years.

According to Nuffield Health’s first annual Plastic Surgery review, almost two thirds of surgeons have seen a noticeable rise in the amount of older patients requesting cosmetic surgery. In fact, the number has risen between 2007 and 2014.

 “I’m now seeing many more people in their sixties, seventies and even their eighties seeking plastic surgery. 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,” said Ian Whitworth, a Plastic Surgeon at Nuffield Health Bournemouth.”

“I also see many more men. Fifteen years ago surgery on men was very rare, now they make up around 10 to 15% of the people I see.”

The study also looked at which were the most popular surgeries via Nuffield Health in 2014, for men and women of all ages. For women, the most commonly requested were breast augmentation, adominoplasty and blepharoplasty. For men, they were male breast reduction, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty.