Facial Cosmetic Surgery by Age
At What Age Should I Consider Facial Cosmetic Surgery?
Generation X adults were born between 1965 and 1985. Millennials or generation Y, were born between 1982 and 1994. These young and mid-age adults may be noticing that time is creeping up on them!
The oldest generation X’ers are now 50, and may be showing signs of aging which is bothersome. Even when today’s oldest millennial woman looks in the mirror, she may notice that age is beginning to creep up on her. She still looks beautiful, but her laugh lines don’t go away when she relaxes her face, and the lines on her forehead seem deeper than before. Her lips don’t look quite as full, and she notices a permanent puffiness under her eyes. What to do?
As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, I have met many wonderful, determined millennial men and women who are not about to age gracefully. They are ready to fight, and here is how it usually goes:
Ages 30 – 40: Botox and Fillers
Many of today’s oldest millennials and youngest gen Xers aren’t quite ready to go under the knife for a facial cosmetic procedure. The effects of aging are still subtle enough that they can relax away wrinkles with Botox injections and add volume with fillers like Juvederm.
Ages 35 – 45: Laser Resurfacing
When the mirror begins to reflect back more fine lines and wrinkles, men and women often want to do something but feel that surgery is still too drastic. A good middle option is laser resurfacing. At my practice, I offer several different laser procedures, each with its own specialties. Typically, laser resurfacing can help reduce fine lines, blemishes, skin discolorations, and large pores.
Ages 40 – 50: Eye Surgery and Mini-Facelift
As we age, our skin changes. Collagen begins to break down, and the layer of fat beneath our skin that gives our face volume begins to thin. As a result, the brows and upper eyelids descend. As the ligaments around the eyes relax, fat deposits shift under the eye, producing that baggy, exhausted look. Between the ages of 40 and 50, I see men and women who ask for brow lifts, upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or a forehead lift. Many of my patients combine all of these procedures and come in for a mini-facelift. The result of a mini-facelift is a smoother forehead, brows that sit higher, and more youthful-looking eyes without bags or puffiness below.
The millennials and generation X’ers I meet in my office aren’t vain or shallow. They simply feel great and want to look the way they feel. They work hard, have the money to treat themselves, and don’t feel guilty about looking as good as they can for as long as they can.