In Our 20s: Think Skin
It is important to make sure you protect and maintain your skin. I recommend wearing daily sunscreen and using good facial products.
The most common procedures tend to be those that are made necessary by family genetics: breast reductions, breast augmentations, and liposuction.
In Our 30s: Think Skin, Breast, and Body
This is a time to optimize non-surgical ways to keep your skin looking young. The skin ages as a result of sun, use, and loss of elasticity. During this time skin care is paramount: you can reverse some of the damage with good skin care products or skin resurfacing (TCA peel, laser.) This is also a time to “prevent” wrinkles from happening. BOTOX® injections can prevent or reverse wrinkles of the forehead, crow’s feet, or between the eyebrows.
Common surgical procedures are breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction, eyelifts, browlifts, abdominoplasty, or liposuction.
PREGNANCY and WEIGHT LOSS affect many areas of the body. Plastic surgery can help return a woman’s body to back to “normal.” Frequent procedures are breast augmentations or breast lifts to return fullness, volume, and lift to the breast. If you are a liposuction candidate, it is good to do liposuction while your skin tone is still good, so the skin retracts tightly after fat removal. Also a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is particularly good to tighten underlying abdominal musculature and remove skin laxity, fat, and stretch marks caused by pregnancy or weight loss.
In Our 40s: Think Eyes and Brow
Unfortunately, aging continues. This is still a good time for skin care (products /peels /soft tissue fillers /BOTOX® Cosmetic) and common plastic surgical procedures (breast surgery, liposuction, tummy tucks).
People in their 40s start to notice they look “older” or tired. This is usually predominantly due to aging around the eyes. The procedure needed is either a browlift, an upper eyelid lift / lower eyelid lift, or a combination of these. Sometimes, lower facial aging becomes noticeable. If your jowls or neck are becoming noticeable, this may be a good time to consult a cosmetic surgeon about a facelift or facial liposuction.
This is also a time to start doing a skin survey, looking at moles and other skin lesions, as skin cancers become more common as we age. If you have not had a mammogram, get a baseline, and make sure you do self exams. To speak with a Palo Alto cosmetic surgeon about maintaining your health and appearance, contact my practice today.
In Our 50s: Think Face
By our 50s, most people start to notice the face is slacker: the line from the mouth to the nose, the jaw line, and the neck. This is a common decade for people to get a facelift, and if they did not do so before, an eyelift/browlift.
There is no age “limit” for plastic surgery. With our lifespan getting longer, we perform surgeries at older ages. A 60-year-old today is not “old” by most standards. Your medical health, type of surgery, and goals determine if surgery is appropriate for you. Cosmetic procedures are usually browlifts, eyelifts, and facelifts. Reconstructive procedures focus around skin and breast cancers.
As a Palo Alto cosmetic surgeon who has served the plastic surgery needs of patients throughout the Peninsula, I have the knowledge, skill, and inviting demeanor to guide patients through treatment. Contact the practice of Lauren Greenberg, M.D., today to schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation.