You'd think by the time a person has reached their 80s, they would be comfortable with what they look like. That is apparently not the case with Marie Kolstad, who at the ripe old age of 83 just got breast implants.
The New York Times reports that the California woman, who has 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, underwent the procedure on July 22.
“Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” Kolstad said. “My mother lived a long time, and I’m just taking it for granted that that will happen to me. And I want my children to be proud of what I look like.”
Kolstad said looking good is not just for the young.
"I find that you have to keep up your appearance physically, even if you just want a companion or someone to ask you to dinner," she said. “That’s not going to happen if you don’t have a figure that these geezers are looking for.”
The Times reports that Kolstad is among a growing number of elderly folk who are electing for plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 there were nearly 85,000 procedures among patients age 65 and older.
That number is expected to rise as baby boomers reach 65 and beyond.
While some in the medical world are split over whether plastic surgery for the elderly is worth the possible medical complications that could arise, others say if young people can do it, so can the older population.
“Part of our stereotype of old people is that they are social, warm and likeable, but powerless and sexless,” said Nancy Etcoff, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School who studies biology and social beliefs about beauty. “Here we are in the age of Viagra, which is very well accepted, but suddenly the idea of older people, mostly women, wanting to be sexually attractive at that age makes us uncomfortable. If an older woman wants to regain eyelids or wants a breast that she doesn’t have to tuck into a waistband, then why not?”