Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures vary greatly depending on what your personal preferences are. However, there is a big factor, which all the patients considering plastic surgery should take into account before settling on a procedure – their age. There are certain treatments that can be performed on patients of all ages, but some are geared toward restoring youth and vigor that may be better left for more seasoned cosmetic treatment patients.
Let’s take a look at what procedures might be best for your age-range and how they cater to your individual needs and goals:
If you are in your 20’s
You are young and shouldn’t need to do much in the way of reconstruction or restoration. However, once the 20’s hit, many individuals start to notice that certain parts of their body do not seem to improve. Patients in their 20’s may be considering liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat deposits that they cannot get rid of through exercise or diet alone, or perhaps an enhancement treatment like breast augmentation they may have given consideration to. Patients in their 20’s usually turn to plastic surgery to correct minor imperfections, not to redo their entire look. Far too many celebrities have succumb to the plastic surgery craze and have gotten too much done in their youth, only to later regret it. It is wise to stick to minimally invasive treatments or those that target specific areas of the body, like liposuction, breast augmentation or rhinoplasty. There’s plenty of time to worry about the rest as you get older.
If you are in your 30’s
At this point, you may be starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles developing around your face. This is the ideal age range when patients seek rejuvenating skin procedures, such as Botox, to take care of small lines around the face. Since the goal of plastic surgery is to improve a patient’s natural features, it is wise to avoid permanent surgical treatments like face lifts at this point before trying other, temporary treatments to get a feel for the type of look you are going for. Botox is great in this regard because effects last around four months long and patients can either choose to get more Botox or discontinue the treatment. Restylane is one of the most successful fillers in the worlds, allowing patients to get rid of folds and wrinkles in the face for at least 6 months. Restylane is also used for making ones lips slightly fuller for that perfect pout.
This is also the time when many women opt for the famous “Mommy Makeover.” After having children, many women notice they cannot lose weight as easily or are left with loose skin in their abdominal area as a result of large pregnancy. The Mommy Makeover includes liposuction and a tummy tuck to help moms feel confident with their bodies and regain the tightness they may have lost due to child birth. Breasts are commonly addressed at the same time either restoring their lost volume or getting a lift.
If you are in your 40’s
Patients in their 40’s usually seek plastic surgery treatments that restore volume to their face, which is lost over time as the body produces less collagen and fat cells are slowly decreasing in numbers. Botox is also popular during these ages, but many patients opt for a treatment that’s a little more longer lasting, such as injectible fillers like Restylane or Perlane. For the patients who wish and can afford the best, Fat Transfer is the ultimate tool in the fight against the signs of aging.
If you are in your 50’s and beyond
This is the time when many patients consider getting a face lift or eyelid lift. These procedures are great for turning back the hands of time and removing excess skin and fat that develops as we age. Typically these procedures are combined with Fat Transfer, where the fat is removed from one area and grafted into the face restoring the youthful appearance without the scar associated with old techniques. Face lift plastic surgery treatments restore vigor to a patient’s face and allows them to feel young and vibrant.
New York plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Grossman offers a multitude of different treatments for patients of all ages from minor skin rejuvenation to surgical treatments like abdominoplasty or liposuction. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Grossman today to discuss your aesthetic goals and determine the treatment that is best for your age, desired look and body type.