83-year-old woman spends $5k on cosmetic surgery

83-year-old woman spends $5k on cosmetic surgery

SINGAPORE - Money wasted or well spent?

Shin Min Daily News reported that 83-year-old Chen Yuxia spent more than $5,000 to lift her sagging cheeks and restore her youth.

She spent a total of $5,400 on six bottles of dermal fillers to be injected into her cheeks, smoothening away the lines and making her look younger.

While it is not rare to find older women opting for micro-plastic rejuvenation, it is rare to see a woman of Madam Chen's age going for plastic surgery to look younger, the paper reported.

Beauty specialist Dr Tan Dequan who treated Madam Chen said she is the oldest customer he has ever seen. Last month, Madam Chen came to his clinic at the request of her daughter, Zheng Xue Lian.

Ms Zheng said she had been planning to go to an aesthetics clinic for laser treatment when she noticed that her mother's cheeks were sagging severely, and asked her to go along for a consultation.

"It's not unusual for my mother to have saggy cheeks at her age, but I thought that since there is this technology (to lift saggy cheeks), I wanted to let her experience it," Ms Zheng said.

Ms Zheng offered to pay for the treatment out of filial piety and Madam Chen, while not being vain, gladly accepted.

Madam Chen said the procedure was not uncomfortable, and likened it to the sensation of ant bites. After the procedure when the doctor revealed the transformation, Madam Chen said she was surprisingly happy about the results.

While there was just a "slight improvement", it was enough that when her daughter's friends saw her before and after photos, they clamoured to go for the procedure themselves.

Increasing demand

Increasing demand

Dr Tan said that while Madam Chen is his oldest patient, there is an increasing number of older people not afraid to spend money on plastic surgery.

He said more and more people, as they reach 60 to 70 years of age, opt to improve their appearance so that they will not receive contempt by society or in the workplace because of their age.

"In the past, 60-year-old people did not need these procedures. Today, it is not unusual to see people in their 70s (undergo aesthetic procedures). In the last four years, more and more elderly have come to me on their own initiative," he said.

He said while the requests are not demanding, the price is still quite steep. However, they do not balk at paying even up to $25,000 for the procedures.

As fillers typically last only up to a few months, does Madam Chen intend to continue the procedures?

In answer to the above question, she said no. As the procedures were from her daughter, she accepted it as a one-time gift and will not be going back again, she said.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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