If you do not know what the problem is, how do you expect to fix it? Understanding the aging process throughout your lifespan is a necessary skill to have if you plan on correcting it. Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon that understands the aging process can be your secret weapon in aging gracefully in a natural way. As a Plastic Surgeon, remember we are in the face protection not witness protection program for our patients. Below you will find an outline of common aging concerns per decade as well as surgical and non-surgical ways to correct them.
When you are in your twenties you have finally reached adulthood, so you do adult things like drink, smoke, take adventures in the sun, and party. Your twenties are filled with self-discovery of who you are and, depending on your lifestyle, can wreak havoc on your skin. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to develop a skin care regime that includes sunblock daily, limit alcohol consumption, exercise regularly, and definitely don’t smoke. Smoking and sun damage can rapidly effect the aging process, and most of the damage you do will not be seen until later in life. Popular non-surgical and surgical procedures for this age group include skin resurfacing, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, Botox, laser hair removal, and soft tissue fillers.
In your thirties, stress coupled with the beginning losses of elastin (that keeps your skin tight) and collagen (that keeps your skin supple and firm) seems to be the major driving force to aging. Maybe you are progressing in your career, maybe you are starting a family, or maybe a combination of both. Your thirties can be a stressful time, and your body knows it. Popular surgical procedures for this age group include postpartum breast augmentation/lift or reduction, and liposuction. Popular non-surgical treatments include skin resurfacing, Botox, and fillers.
Forties and Fifties
The eyes are the windows to the soul and in your forties and fifties that window will start to show drastic signs of aging. Loss of volume in the face leads to sunken eyes and sagging skin that was never there before. The key to plastic surgery in this age group is to keep you looking like yourself but only better. Popular surgical procedures include breast augmentation, eyelid rejuvenation, and liposuction. Popular non-surgical treatments continue to be skin resurfacing, Botox, and fillers.
Sixties and Upward
Patients in their sixties and beyond will likely have the same concerns as those in their forties and fifties however the appearance will be much more pronounced. Thus, more invasive surgical procedures such as facelifts, neck lifts, and fat transfer are required to reestablish a balanced and youthful appearance. Popular surgical procedures include eyelid rejuvenation and facelifts. Popular non-surgical treatments continue to be skin resurfacing, Botox, and fillers.
At any age when considering plastic surgery, you need an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in the field that can show you proof of exceptional results. For your safety, I cannot stress the importance of discussing your goals with a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands the aging process and can determine whether a noninvasive is an invasive procedure will be required to achieve your desired results.