As your physical appearance matures, the plastic surgery options that yield the best results will change as well. Depending upon your unique aesthetic needs and physical characteristics, which change with age, some procedures are more suitable than others for achieving the look you desire. Learn more about cosmetic procedures that are commonly performed on people in your age group and watch our plastic surgery video to find out if treatment is right for you. Please note that a full consultation with a cosmetic surgeon is necessary to determine precisely which procedures will be safest and most effective for you.
In Your Teens
According to statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, teenagers (aged 13-19) underwent more than 90,000 plastic surgery procedures in 2006. According to the organization, rhinoplasty, male breast reduction, and otoplasty are the most common procedures performed on teens.
In Your 20s
Patients in their 20s typically do not have to worry about cosmetic concerns associated with age. Cosmetic surgery procedures performed on patients of this age group are aimed at improving a specific area of the face or body. Breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction are some of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed on patients in their 20s. Skin care treatments are also popular amongst 20-somethings. Minimally invasive skin care procedures can improve the health and texture of the skin, and reduce the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and other skin problems that can appear during adolescence.
In Your 30s
In the 30s, most patients only need a little upkeep to maintain a rejuvenated appearance.
Men and women in their 30s may start to notice fine lines in the facial area, but they can typically be addressed with non-invasive treatments that require little to no downtime. For men and women seeking to refresh their skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, the following treatments are effective solutions:
- Chemical Peels
- IPLTM Photofacial
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Laser Skin Tightening
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
By the time men and women hit their 30s, they typically find that their bodies don't respond to diet and exercise the way they did in the teens and 20s. Women who have had children may experience difficulty ridding their body of the excess skin and fat that accumulated during pregnancy. A slowing metabolism can result in pockets of fat that become more difficult to remove through diet and exercise. Body contouring treatments are designed to target problem areas, and can effectively tighten and refine specific areas of the body.
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Lift with Implants
- Stretch Mark Removal
In Your 40s
Depending upon the severity of wrinkles, loose skin, and excess fat affecting the face and body, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend less invasive skin care treatments or a surgical procedure that provides more dramatic results. Below are some common areas that cosmetic patients in their 40s seek to have addressed through cosmetic surgery and dermatology procedures.
The Eyes and Brows
The main area of focus for patients in their 40s is often the eyes and brow region. During this time, the effects of aging and sun damage begin to appear in the form of fine wrinkles, which progress to moderate and deep wrinkles in areas of repetitive expression such as the forehead, brows, and eyes (crow’s feet). Because skin elasticity and facial fat volume is also diminishing in people in this age group, you may also begin to notice excess skin above and below the eyelids and drooping brows.
- Eyelid Surgery
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
The Area around the Mouth
Skin laxity in the mouth, cheek, and jaw area is common among men and women in their 40s. Surgical and non-invasive treatments can improve the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles. The recommended treatment for patients seeking a change in their appearance include:.
The Neck Area
Men and women in their 40s may experience some loosening of the skin in the neck area. The formation of jowls along the jaw line and loose neck skin can be addressed with neck lift surgery, liposuction of the chin and neck, or a combination of the two.
During your 40s, your figure may also benefit from the assistance of a cosmetic surgeon. For many women in this age group, the breasts begin to droop and lose volume, which can be easily remedied with a breast lift with or without breast implants. Liposuction and tummy tuck are also popular plastic surgery procedures among both genders, as they help to help smooth and tone specific areas of the body.
The appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, varicose veins, and spider veins are a common complaint among patients in their 40s. What many men and women do not know is that there are now effective treatments that can target such problems.
- Cellulite Reduction Treatments: VelaShape and VelaSmooth have been shown to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
- Stretch Mark Removal Treatments: Natural stretch mark removal, laser stretch mark removal, and surgical stretch mark removal can reduce or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks.
- Vein Removal Treatments: Natural vein removal, laser vein removal, sclerotherapy, and surgical vein removal can reduce the appearance of veins.
In Your 50s
The majority of patients in their 50s are interested in undergoing facial plastic surgery, skin care treatments, and reconstructive surgery. Read on to learn about some of the most common treatments performed on patients in their 50s.
Facial Plastic Surgery
Individuals in their 50s are usually most concerned with facial aging. Loss of skin elasticity and diminished facial volume can cause folds, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin, all of which can be addressed through facelift. Facelift offers both men and women unparalleled facial rejuvenation, and its effects can be enhanced when it is performed in combination with other plastic surgery procedures and skin treatments.
For those who have lost facial volume due to aging, facial implants for the chin and cheeks can restore youthful contours, redefine facial structure, and can easily be combined with a facelift. During your consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, you will have the opportunity to explore all of your facelift options and discuss additional procedures that may improve the final overall result, such as neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and non-surgical treatments.
For individuals in their 50s who are concerned with skin care, a cosmetic surgeon may recommend more powerful skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, deep chemical peels, and intense pulsed light treatments to combat wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots, and sun damage. Daily use of physician recommended skin care products can help you maintain the results achieved with skin treatments, minimize signs of aging, and protect your skin.
In Your 60s
As long as you are a considered a “good candidate” for plastic surgery, it can be performed at any age. Your cosmetic surgeon will consider your physical health, the type of surgery, and your expectations when recommending procedures that can help you achieve your goals.
Most patients in their 60s and beyond undergo facial plastic surgery procedures, including facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery, to regain a youthful appearance.
The success of body contouring techniques, including liposuction, tummy tuck, and lift procedures, among those in this age group depends on the thickness and elasticity of the skin, as well as the patient’s overall health.
Consult a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist
If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery or professional skin care treatment, it is important to speak with a qualified cosmetic surgeon who can help you determine which procedures will best help you meet your goals.