Cosmetic Surgery For People Who Are Just Plain Old

Silicone breasts at 80? No problem! In Europe and the U.S., the cosmetic industry is actively courting a new clientele: the bona fide 'elderly,' who have plenty of time and money to spend on face lifts and tummy tucks and a final pursui

Marie Dové

Normally, when plastic surgery gets media attention it's when a 12-year-old has a nose job, or a teenager gets breast implants. But the idea that the cosmetic industry is targeting a younger population is misleading. On the contrary: the industry's fight for new clients is taking place at the other end of the age spectrum. And not only that -- according to the latest figures, those opting for surgery are getting older and older, in the U.S. but also in Europe.

Meet 83-year-old Marie Kolstad of Orange County, California. This grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 13, made headlines recently for being possibly the oldest woman to receive breast implants. She certainly isn't shy when it comes to showing off her new cleavage to the tabloid press.

On the day she was operated on, one of Kolstad's daughters told her the operation would kill her. That didn't stop Kolstad from going ahead, something she certainly doesn't regret: she says life with her new $5,000 breasts is better than ever. She has been touring the TV talk show circuit, explaining that before the operation her "two girls' had lost volume but that they were now back in top shape.

Marie Kolstad's case may seem a little over the, er, top, but it nevertheless reflects the latest trend in plastic surgery. If traditional surgery patients in their 30s and 40s are trying to forestall aging, this new group aims to recover their youth. In the U.S., over-65s now account for 8% of the clientele at plastic surgery clinics. The American Society for Plastic Surgery's 2010 statistics indicate that nearly 700,000 operations were performed by plastic surgeons in the U.S. on patients over 65. Aging baby boomers clearly have the time and money to polish up their golden years.

Facelifts for her and tummy tucks for him

The same trend is also emerging in Europe. In Germany, for example, 7.4% of those who go under a plastic surgeon's knife are over 60, according to the German Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (DGÄPC). For women over 60 the most frequent operations are facelifts, surgery to tighten the skin around eyes, and wrinkle injections. Tummy tucks and eyelid surgery are the most prevalent among men.

On the German website www.senioren-ratgeber.de, one of the country's most renowned plastic surgeons, Count Joachim von Finckenstein, imparts the following information: "In principle, the health risks of plastic surgery to older patients are no greater than for younger patients." However, he cautions, the older the patient the longer it will take for post-operative wounds to heal. But surgery at an older age also has its advantages: "With facelifts it's better to be older because the scars are usually invisible."

Whether we share this optimism – or not – the fact remains that over the coming years plastic surgeons are going to see the number of older patients rise significantly thanks to baby boomers, which is to say those born between 1946 and 1964. These "new" seniors are like Marie Kolstad: for them, old age is not a hindrance, and their outlook on beauty and aging will be gladly supported by the plastic surgery industry.

A note concerning breast operations among older women: most do not choose the route taken by Kolstad, opting instead to have their "girls' -- which often become larger and heavier with age – made smaller.

Read the original article in German in Tages Anzeiger

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Welcome to Wednesday, where chaos hits Syria, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is accused of crimes against humanity and a social media giant plans to rebrand itself. For Spanish daily La Razon, reporter Paco Rodríguez takes us to the devastated town of Belchite, where visitors are reporting paranormal phenomenons.



• Syrian violence erupts: Army shelling on residential areas of the rebel-held region of northwestern Syria killed 13 people, with school children among the victims. The attack occurred shortly after a bombing killed at least 14 military personnel in Damascus. In central Syria, a blast inside an ammunition depot kills five soldiers.

• Renewed Ethiopia air raids on capital of embattled Tigray region: Ethiopian federal government forces have launched its second air strike this week on the capital of the northern Tigray. The air raids mark a sharp escalation in the near-year-old conflict between the government forces and the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) that killed thousands and displaced over 2 million people.

• Bolsonaro accused of crimes against humanity: A leaked draft government report concludes that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, forging documents and incitement to crime, following his handling of the country's COVID-19 pandemic. The report blames Bolsonaro's administration for more than half of Brazil's 600,000 coronavirus deaths.

• Kidnappers in Haiti demand $17 million to free a missionary group: A Haitian gang that kidnapped 17 members of a Christian aid group, including five children, demanded $1million ransom per person. Most of those being held are Americans; one is Canadian.

• Putin bows out of COP26 in Glasgow: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not fly to Glasgow to attend the COP26 climate summit. A setback for host Britain's hopes of getting support from major powers for a more radical plan to tackle climate change.

• Queen Elizabeth II cancels trip over health concerns: The 95-year-old British monarch has cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland after she was advised by her doctors to rest for the next few days. Buckingham Palace assured the queen, who attended public events yesterday, was "in good spirits."

• A new name for Facebook? According to a report by The Verge website, Mark Zuckerberg's social media giant is planning on changing the company's name next week, to reflect its focus on building the "metaverse," a virtual reality version of the internet.


"Oil price rise causes earthquake," titles Portuguese daily Jornal I as surging demand coupled with supply shortage have driven oil prices to seven-year highs at more than $80 per barrel.



For the first time women judges have been appointed to Egypt's State Council, one of the country's main judicial bodies. The council's chief judge, Mohammed Hossam el-Din, welcomed the 98 new judges in a celebratory event in Cairo. Since its inception in 1946, the State Council has been exclusively male and until now actively rejected female applicants.


Spanish civil war town now a paranormal attraction

Ghosts from Spain's murderous 1930s civil war are said to roam the ruins of Belchite outside Zaragoza. Tourists are intrigued and can book a special visit to the town, reports Paco Rodríguez in Madrid-based daily La Razon.

🏚️ Between August 24 and September 6, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, more than 5,000 people died in 14 days of intense fighting in Belchite in north-eastern Spain, and the town was flattened. The fighting began on the outskirts and ended in house-to-house fighting. Almost half the town's 3,100 residents died in the struggle. The war annihilated centuries of village history. The town was never rebuilt, though a Pueblo Nuevo (or new town) was built by the old one.

😱 Belchite became an open-air museum of the horror of the civil war of 1936-39, which left 300,000 dead and wounds that have yet to heal or, for some today, mustn't. For many locals, the battle of Belchite has yet to end, judging by reports of paranormal incidents. Some insist they have heard the screams of falling soldiers, while others say the Count of Belchite wanders the streets, unable to find a resting place after his corpse was exhumed.

🎟️ Ordinary visitors have encountered unusual situations. Currently, you can only visit Belchite at set times every day, with prior booking. More daring visitors can also visit at 10 p.m. on weekends. Your ticket does not include a guaranteed paranormal experience, but many visitors insist strange things have happened to them. These include sudden changes of temperature or the strange feeling of being observed from a street corner or a window. Furthermore, such phenomena increase as evening falls, as if night brought the devastated town to life.

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We still cling to the past because back then we had security, which is the main thing that's missing in Libya today.

— Fethi al-Ahmar, an engineer living in the Libyan desert town Bani Walid, told AFP, as the country today marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The leader who had reigned for 42 years over Libya was toppled in a revolt inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings and later killed by rebels. Some hope the presidential elections set in December can help the country turn the page on a decade of chaos and instability.


Iran to offer Master's and PhD in morality enforcement

Iran will create new "master's and doctorate" programs to train state morality agents checking on people's public conduct and attire, according to several Persian-language news sources.

Mehran Samadi, a senior official of the Headquarters to Enjoin Virtues and Proscribe Vices (Amr-e be ma'ruf va nahy az monkar) said "anyone who wants to enjoin virtues must have the knowledge," the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported, citing reports from Iran.

The morality patrols, in force since the 1979 revolution, tend to focus mostly on young people and women, particularly the public appearance for the latter. Loose headscarves will send women straight to a police station, often in humiliating conditions. Five years ago, the regime announced a new force of some 7,000 additional agents checking on women's hijabs and other standards of dress and behavior.

Last week, for example, Tehran police revealed that they had "disciplined" agents who had been filmed forcefully shoving a girl into a van. Such incidents may increase under the new, conservative president, Ibrahim Raisi.

Speaking about the new academic discipline, Samadi said morals go "much further than headscarves and modesty," and those earning graduate degrees would teach agents "what the priorities are."

Iran's Islamic regime, under the guidance of Shia jurists, continuously fine tunes notions of "proper" conduct — and calibrates its own, interventionist authority. More recently the traffic police chief said women were not allowed to ride motorbikes, and "would be stopped," Prague-based Radio Farda reported.

Days before, a cleric in the holy city of Qom in central Iran insisted that people must be vaccinated by a medic of the same sex "as often as possible," and if not, there should be no pictures of mixed-sex vaccinations.

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