Baby Boomer Boob Jobs

When 60 is the new 30, is aging gracefully outdated?

"I want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside," proclaims Sherry Cook as she heads into an operating room for breast implants. This would be utterly unremarkable if it weren't for one thing: She's 75 years old.

Her plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael McCooly, explains that he doesn't see any reason why elderly women shouldn't get as much cosmetic enhancements as younger women because as long as the patient is healthy there are no additional risks to the surgery nor a longer recovery time. And with nearly 85,000 people aged 65 and older getting plastic surgery he is in good company.

While I'm no medical professional I do see a few reasons why I would hope elderly women wouldn't get plastic surgery:

1. This completely blows away my theory that I will eventually reach a certain age where I will no longer be expected to look "sexy" or "hot." I want to be able to tuck my boobs into my waistband and not care.

2. Where do you stop? Not to be insensitive to the plight of aging but I would think that if your breasts are suddenly perky then your stomach would look saggier, your face wrinklier and your arms jigglier.

3. There is nothing wrong with old. In a culture where we so worship youth that 30-year-olds with their hair dyed gray are used as models in wrinkle cream ads, we forget it was not always this way and the elderly used to be revered for their knowledge and achievements.

I sympathize with Ms. Cook as I would also like to look as young as I feel (21 was a good year for me -- can I pick that one?) and five kids in seven years was not kind to my body. I totally know how she feels when she says she looks in the mirror and thinks "this isn't me!" But when she says that the best perk (ha!) of the surgery will be a morale boost, I have to wonder if a boob job is the best and most lasting way to feel better about one's self.

What do you think -- if Grandma has the money and it makes her happy then what's the harm? Or are you leery of this new trend?

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