O ne of the most common misconceptions I get from my patients is that they think they are either “too old” or “too young” for a certain procedure. Generally, my older patients feel that it is too late for them to restore their looks. If they are younger, they think it is “too early” for them to need treatment.
At the end of the day, regardless of your age, it is never too late to take advantage of modern medicine and technology to bring out the best in you.
For each of the various stages of life, there are procedures that can make slight enhancements, protect your skin from premature aging, correct issues that have always bothered you, or help you find the look you’ve always wanted.
W hile each of us ages differently, there are certain procedures that are more common at certain points along the aging journey. I hope this guide can be a resource for you as you map out the ways you want to preserve or enhance your look over time. Take a look, and then join me for a consultation so we can perfect your look for years to come.
In your 20s, your body makes its full transition from adolescence to adulthood. Sometimes, that result doesn't match what we have in our mind's eye. Common plastic surgery procedures for this age group are usually about fixing that dissonance. Breast alterations and rhinoplasty are common for all genders, as our patients in their 20s use plastic surgery to correct the spots where genetics wound up missing the mark.
Other common procedures for this age group include liposuction, Botox, or dermal fillers. Skincare regimens and other preservative treatments are also important at this stage, as protecting the skin young can delay the need for more invasive procedures later in life.
The beginning signs of age can start to show in your 30s, which is why many of the popular procedures for this age group are preemptive techniques. Laser treatments, Botox, dermal fillers, Sciton Halo, and skincare procedures can be used proactively to ward off visible signs of aging (and reduce their severity should they appear). For example, Sciton Halo helps your body produce new collagen, and can help eliminate early dark spots, which are a sign of aging skin.
Many of my patients in their 30s ask if they should be “worried” about certain developments, such as hair loss, wrinkles, or other natural signs of aging. My response? Don’t worry. Plan.
Worrying causes wrinkles. Planning prevents them.
In your 40s, the body starts to undergo certain changes. These are due to shifts in hormones, the loss of “baby fat”, and a decrease in skin elasticity.
Fat transfer procedures and tummy tucks are particularly effective at correcting several of these issues at once. They can tighten skin, remove fat from stubborn areas, and then transplant it to areas of the body that have lost volume or firmness over time.
This is also the age of the mommy makeover. Breast lifts, breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and skin tightening are often used to help moms correct the lasting traumas that come from pregnancy and childbirth, so they can focus on the joys of parenting.
Skin laxity and body fat accumulation tend to further develop at this age range. This leads to a corresponding increase in lift-related treatments such as facelifts, neck lifts, and breast lifts. Eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) are also very common, as are laser treatments and skin tightening.
Preservation and self-care are critical at this stage of life. Often, patients in their 50s are the ones who tell me that it’s too late to restore their youth. I tell them that the goal of plastic surgery at this age isn’t to look like you’re in your 20s. The goal is to still look like you’re in your 50s when you’re in your 80s.
If you are in your 60s and still a stranger to plastic surgery, you may also feel like it’s “too late” to gain any benefit from rejuvenating procedures. That is simply not true. Many of our new patients come to us in their 60s and are thrilled with the results of their first procedure.
Restorative skin treatments like laser resurfacing can produce instant results by improving collagen production and tightening your skin. If you are considering exploring plastic surgery, laser resurfacing treatments and fat transfers can turn back the clock by 7 to 10 years. Like in the 50s, facelifts, neck lifts, and blepharoplasties are common surgical procedures to address skin laxity.
W hile these benchmarks are a handy reference to better understand the aging process, the right procedure for you is ultimately determined by the condition of your body and your goals… not by your birth date. I’ve seen patients in their 60s who just need a little filler, and patients in their 30s undergo eyelid surgery. If you have any questions about if plastic surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with me. I would love to answer your questions and help you improve or protect your looks for life.