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 palates, or webbing of the toes and fingers. Dog bites, falls, and minor lacerations are also common forms of trauma for which plastic surgery is called upon to repair the damage and restore the intangible beauty.
As we reach adulthood, elective plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures offer a way to address a variety of concerns one may have about their appearance. Below, you will find some of the more commonly performed treatments for patients in specific age ranges:
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. The restoration or harmony offered through cosmetic plastic surgery can really improve 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 the nose with rhinoplasty, enhancing body contours, or renewing the health and appearance of the skin can make all the difference in one’s outlook, and it is so very rewarding to be able to help individuals through this process.
The Active 30’s
In the 30s age range, plastic surgeons often assist with skin rejuvenation, fine line reduction with cosmetic injectables, breast restoration after having children, liposuction to address pockets of excess fat, and other body contouring procedures. This is a decade in which we see new career paths or advancements being made. Less invasive procedures like dermal fillers and neuromodulators (such as BOTOX® Cosmetic) can offer a little boost to the appearance and may 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 many are working on families, professional careers, or both!
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, or perhaps a rhinoplasty procedure. 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 neuromodulators become commonly requested procedures, as liposuction and eyelid lifts remain popular as well.
The Fabulous 50’s and 60’s
In the fifties and sixties, arm lifts, thigh lifts, facelifts, and eyelid lifts remain popular as first-time treatments or maintenance of previous procedures. These are the decades in which wrinkles, lax skin, and other signs of age tend to become even more prominent. Both surgical procedures and certain non-surgical aesthetic enhancement options can benefit women and men in this age range, often with significant results that take years off one’s appearance.
The Sensational 70s and Beyond
In the seventh and eighth decades, lasers, cosmetic injectables, and skin care become commonly requested procedures. Other treatments include facelift, browlift, eyelid surgery, knee lift, chin augmentation, liposuction, and fat transfer to the face and hands. The 70s, 80s, and beyond are not what they used to be—many individuals remain vibrant, healthy, and full of energy in this age range, and simply want to look as young as they feel!
Throughout the ages, plastic surgery is there to help you with your appearance, allowing you to “put your best face forward” and feel great about the way you look. If you would like to learn more about ideal treatments for your unique needs and concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Chrysalis Cosmetics today.