Plastic surgery – to mold or to form – has been used throughout the ages to enhance people’s lives. From the beginning of recorded time plastic surgeons have been there to repair and enhance one’s personal form. From congenital issues to the ravages of time, trauma or a disease process that has left the body changed or altered, plastic surgeons have been called upon to perform. Over time we tend to notice trends in plastic surgery. Each decade of our lives is filled with different issues. In the first decade of life plastic surgeons often repair prominent ears, skin lesions such as hemangiomas or preauricular skin tags, cleft lips and palate or webbing of the toes and fingers. Dog bites, falls and minor lacerations are also common forms of trauma for which plastic surgery is also called upon to repair the damage and restore the intangible beauty.
The Roaring 20’s
In the second decade of life, plastic surgeons often address nasal deformities such as humps and bumps and crooked noses, breast hypoplasia or asymmetries, large ears and skin changes associated with acne as well. The restoration or harmony offered through cosmetic plastic surgery can really improve the self confidence and self esteem in the second decade of life and alter the course of one’s chosen career or life path. Fitting in is so important for a young person starting out in life. Altering a crooked or humped nose with rhinoplasty can make all the difference in one’s life and it is so very rewarding to be able to help one through this process.
The Active 30’s
In the third decade of life plastic surgeons often assist with skin rejuvenation, fine lines and fillers as well as breast restoration from having children and liposuction or body contouring procedures. This is a decade in which we see new career paths, or advancements being made. Little procedures such as fillers and chemoneuromodulators may offer a little boost to the appearance and often help improve the outlook at work as well. These years are filled with hopes and aspirations. It is wonderful to be a part of this as some are working on families and others on professional careers.
The Vibrant 40’s
As we reach the forties the face and eyes often require refreshing procedures such as laser resurfacing, blepharoplasty, brow lift, mini and full face lifts or neck lifts and rhinoplasty. Breast lifts and tummy tucks are often requested as well. These are the high earning years for many. They are also the years in which children go off to college and career changes are very common. It is a time of renewal and excitement. It is a time that we see more people becoming very comfortable with their lives however they often feel more vibrant than they look and are seeking harmony. For men, BOTOX® Cosmetic and other neurochemomodulators become commonly requested procedures as liposuction and eyelid lifts remain popular as well.
The Fabulous 50’s and 60’s
In the fifty and sixties arm lifts, thigh lifts, facelifts and eyelid lifts remain popular as maintenance of previous procedures. In the seventh and eighth decades, lasers, fillers and skin care become the commonly requested procedures. Certainly throughout the ages plastic surgery is there to help you with your appearance and allows you to put your best face forward and not only feel but look your very best.