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Summary: If you thought high-fashion, Vogue magazine, and Digital Fashion Week are catering exclusively to a younger audience, you would be wrong. Please meet Carmen Dell’Orefice, the 83 year old sensation taking over the scene and showing everyone that beauty can come later in life.

Carmen Dell'Orefice

An American fashion model is making big waves involving this month’s Digital Fashion Week in Singapore. Among headliners such as Naomi Campbell, there’s Carmen Dell’Orefice. Her stunning beauty has already landed Dell’Orefice the coveted cover of Vogue magazine, contracts with the likes of fashion standouts Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler, and the adoration of more than a few legendary photographers.

Also, she’s 83.

With sultry eyes as striking as her sky-high cheekbones, Dell’Orefice has proved that true beauty is timeless. Dell’Orefice, who started modeling in her early teen years, has made headlines before and has long championed the idea that a pleasing aesthetic doesn’t come with an expiration date.

In a 2012 interview with NBC’s Today, she said, “I think America may be growing up and accepting the fact that the bulk of life exists beyond 50. Because demographically … the vast population is over 50. This is not to negate the young people coming up. But what kind of an example are we giving young people?” In the same interview, Dell’Orefice admitted to using injectable fillers, saying “If your ceiling was falling down, wouldn’t you fix it?”

There are plenty of men and women in their golden years who share this attitude. The latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) reveal a growing trend among people age 55 and older who are receiving both surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, with the total number of procedures performed on this age group increasing by 4% from 2012 to 2013.

As it turns out, not only is it common for men and women in their golden years to keep up a youthful appearance, but it’s also safe. A study released just this month during October’s annual scientific meeting of the ASPS in Chicago revealed older men and women who undergo cosmetic procedures have no more complications than their younger counterparts when surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Not surprisingly, the ASPS study showed that elderly patients had significantly more facial procedures performed than younger patients. One such procedure popular with the elderly is blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery. Dr. Camille Cash, a double board-certified plastic surgery specialist in Houston, Texas, says on her website that eyelid surgery allows older patients to avoid looking tired, sad, or even angry while requiring minimal inconvenience. Patients are left looking more rejuvenated without losing their natural beauty. In the case of loose skin, as is common with seniors, eyelid surgery may also improve vision.

Most patients and surgeons agree that eyelid surgery is one of the simplest anti-aging surgeries for the face, with tiny, discreet incisions and just a few days of downtime. Other hugely popular treatments for this demographic are completely non-surgical, though, including injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as laser and energy treatments that keep the skin firm and even.

As senior citizens prove they’re not slowing down, the perception that beauty is only for the young might be losing steam. Dell’Orefice, whose family didn’t yet have a telephone when they learned about her first modeling jobs, now prepares to take to the catwalk in Digital Fashion Week, the world’s first such live streaming-only event.

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