Age Appropriate: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Thanks to non-invasive treatments, the audience for cosmetic enhancement is now significantly younger than it was when cosmetic surgery mostly meant facelifts for seniors.

When it comes to maintaining youth and beauty with the help of cosmetic enhancement, however, timing is everything.

Men and women who want to look the age they feel, need to know when it’s time to go under the knife and when a non-surgical treatment is in order. We hope this article will help.

Celebrity-Obsessed Teens Want Cosmetic Surgery

Manipulated by the media and fooled by the trickery of photo retouching, teens as young as 13 are asking for cosmetic surgery that will permanently alter their appearance. There is a worldwide movement to prevent this practice.

In 2013, The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) advocated for stricter, government-regulated guidelines to be put in place to stop surgeons from performing lip augmentation and liposuction on patients under the age of 18. A national ban would bring other Australian states in line with Queensland, where it is illegal for surgeons to perform a medical procedure on a child, except for clinically proven psychological or medical reasons.

Cosmetic Enhancement in Your 20’s

Twenty-something’s are at a crossroads in life when they have the opportunity to define and refine themselves. They are not yet beset by cosmetic concerns associated with age. Instead, their surgical needs focus on improving a specific area of the face or body. The most common (and appropriate) procedures include:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Rhinoplasty

A broad range of non-invasive treatments can improve appearance by treating early wrinkles and prevent the development of more, without exposing patients in this age bracket to surgery. Topping the list of non-surgical treatments for people in their twenties are

  • Injectable cosmetic medicine (muscle relaxants and dermal fillers)
  • Chemical peels
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion

Cosmetic Body and Facial Treatments in Your 30’s

This is the time when men and women begin to notice fine lines in the facial area. Not yet deeply ingrained, these first signs of ageing are typically treated with non-invasive treatments that require little to no downtime. These include:

  • Chemical Peels
  • IPL
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Skin Tightening
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Cosmetic Injectables

Changes are also happening in the human body where, for example, a slowing metabolism makes it harder to stay slim with diet and exercise alone. Body contouring treatments like the ones below can effectively tighten and refine target areas of the body:

  • Liposuction
  • Non-surgical Body Contouring
  • Breast Lift/Breast Augmentation
  • Stretch Mark Removal

Cosmetic Enhancement Options for 40-Year-Olds

In your 40’s, the face will show the effects of ageing and sun damage in the form of fine lines that become moderate and deep wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Skin elasticity and facial fat volume diminish after 40, too, which can lead to excess skin above and below the eyelids and drooping brows, as well as on the neck. Surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments to improve these areas are

  • Brow Lift
  • Neck Lift Surgery
  • Upper and/or Lower Eyelid Surgery
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Muscle Relaxants

Surgical procedures at this age can help smooth and tone specific areas of the body. Among the most popular

  • Breast Lift/Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Varicose Vein Removal

Fabulous at 50 and Beyond with Cosmetic Enhancement

The majority of patients in their 50s (and over) are interested in facial plastic surgery and skin care treatments. For patients in good physical health, facial cosmetic enhancement is appropriate even after the age of 70, with the best solutions being offered by

  • Neck lift
  • Upper and Lower eyelid surgery
  • Brow Lift
  • Dermal Fillers and Cosmetic Injectables

The success of body contouring techniques in this age group depends on the thickness and elasticity of the skin, as well as the patient’s overall health. In-demand procedures are:

  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Lift/Augmentation

In Conclusion

Time marches on, but well-timed cosmetic enhancement can help you put off more invasive surgeries, lifts and pulls, or possibly avoid them altogether. The goal isn’t to look decades younger, but rather to look fresher, vital, and more attractive at your current stage of life.

Dr. Jamie Ryan

Dr. Ryan is a surgeon at the surgery Fernbrae Clinic based in NZ.

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