Cosmetic Surgery for Every Age
by Janette Lonsdale
Turning back the clock may not be possible, but with the help of the surgeon’s scalpel, more and more people are finding it’s possible to hold back the years. Not only do the procedures available change depending on your age, but also the reasons for considering treatment vary as you advance through life. When you are in your 20’s plastic surgery is all about fixing things you don’t like about your appearance. Women consider breast augmentation surgery, rhinoplasty (nose job), and liposuction to tackle inherited fat deposits. For anyone with acne scars, minimally or moderately invasive treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing can help fade the scars and tone the skin. In your 30’s fine character lines start to become permanent marks around your eyes, mouth and on the forehead. BOTOX and derma fillers can smooth out persistent wrinkles and help prevent new ones. “Starting in your thirties and forties and through your sixties Botox can be used to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” says Michelle Kichura, owner and director of Eternity Medical Spa in Creve Coeur. She adds,“Botox also serves to help prevent the wrinkles from getting deeper. Botox injections are usually administered in the forehead, glabellar (the frown lines between the eyes) and the crows feet. It is a great way to freshen your look and rejuvenate your appearance.” Discovering obstinate pockets of fat on your body is a sign that age is slowing down your metabolism. When diet and exercise don’t work, plastic surgery offers a range of body contouring procedures. Liposuction can remove fat from almost any part of your body, and tummy tucks, butt and arm lifts are a popular way to reshape your form. After childbirth, pregnancy fat and excess skin can be unsightly. The increasingly popular Mommy Makeovers combine breast and butt lifts with tummy tuck, liposuction and other procedures. The mommy makeover is so ubiquitous that surgeon Michael Salzhauer has written a book My Beautiful Mommy to help moms explain the procedures to their children. As you enter the next decade, hormones, gravity and changes in skin elasticity take center stage causing wrinkles and loose skin on
your face. For your 40’s brow lifts and eyelid surgery offer dramatic enhancements for sun-damaged skin with repetitive expression lines. More subtle results can be achieved with BOTOX, which may be combined with derma fillers to plump out the wrinkles. Less invasive cosmetic dermatology treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing can refresh aging skin. Face-lifts are the recommended treatment for loose skin around the mouth, cheek, neck and jaw. Although they offer good results at any time in the next three decades, relatively good skin elasticity in your 40’s means results that last longer.
How To Choose a Doctor
Check that the surgeon you select is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member. The ASPS is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. The body also goes through changes in your 40’s and women notice that their breasts begin to droop and lose volume making breast lifts with or without implants popular. For those who have lost significant weight, a lower body lift is designed to re-sculpt loose skin to a slimmer form. “I am doing a lot more surgeries for weight loss,” says Dr. Edmond Cabbabe, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Other popular treatments at this stage of life are liposuction for stubborn fat deposits, thigh, butt and arm lifts, cellulite and vein removal. Continued on page 33 Summer 2011 | Yoga & Spa Magazine
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By the time you reach your 50â€™s plastic surgery techniques can restore a youthful jaw and full cheeks with facelifts, in combination with chin, cheek and lip implants. And powerful skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and deep chemical peels can combat wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots and sun damage. Liposuction and other body contouring techniques can help retain your bodyâ€™s shape and hand rejuvenation surgery can remove excess wrinkled skin. Although risks and healing times increase as you age, plastic surgery is still an option up to retirement and beyond. â€œIt has more to do with physiological age, than chronological age,â€? says Cabbabe. â€œSomeone who is in their early 80â€™s and is healthy and free of disease can have the same risk profile as a person in their 40â€™s who is not healthy.â€? Whether you are seeking the help of a surgeon for the first time or considering a second facelift to build on the work you had in the past, facelifts, brow lifts and eyelid surgery can turn the clock back on your looks. Liposuction and other contouring
procedures such as tummy tucks can remove excess skin, fat and restore your silhouette. In 2010, surgeons performed more than 13 million cosmetic procedures in America, a five per cent increase over 2009. Women, between 40 and 55-years-old are the most likely to visit the surgeonâ€™s office, however men are increasingly joining them. Facelifts for men rose by 14 percent in 2010 and male liposuction increased 7 percent. Freelance writer Janette Lonsdale is an internationally published journalist, who, despite living in Asia for a number of years, did not take her first yoga class until she returned to the US. She is Reiki trained and meditates often.
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