Summary: While cosmetic procedures are performed at nearly every age, some procedures are preferred more for certain age groups than others. What are the most common plastic surgery procedures by age?
In the late teens to mid-20’s, the signs of aging simply aren’t a concern. With collagen production still running high and excellent skin elasticity, facial features remain fresh and wrinkle-free during these years, and any cumulative sun damage that exists is still invisible to the naked eye. As a result, younger patients show the greatest interest in purely cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation.
At this age the other popular choice is minimally invasive or noninvasive cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, laser skin rejuvenation, and microdermabrasion. These treatments improve the texture and tone of the skin for a smoother complexion, and can be particularly good for improving the appearance of acne scars and other blemishes. Another popular choice: laser hair removal for unwanted hair on the legs, back or other areas of the body.
The First Signs of Aging
Commonly, a person’s body metabolism starts slowing by around age 30. Even those men and women who previously enjoyed eating whatever they wanted without gaining a pound may now find that their bodies are gaining fat where they never had it before. This can occur even when dietary and exercise habits remain unchanged. In response, people in their 30’s often consider liposuction and other body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting® and tummy tucks.
The 30’s continue to be a prime time for medical spa treatments. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, resurfacing treatments and dermal fillers are all increasingly popular in the early 30’s and beyond. These minimally invasive procedures are ideal for addressing (and diminishing) the earliest signs of aging.
By the 40’s, the aging process is much more evident, especially through the facial features. Drooping of skin on the eyelids and forehead becomes much more common, and nasolabial folds deepen. The thinner, delicate skin in the eye area makes this region particularly susceptible to the signs of aging, so it should come as no surprise that blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) gains popularity for this age group. For patients in their later 40’s and early 50’s, incorporating a brow lift along with eyelid surgery also becomes more common.
By the mid-50’s, the structural effects of aging are more prominent. Facial musculature sags in response to gravity and ligament weakening. Buccal fat pads in the cheeks diminish, creating a fallen, hollow look to the cheeks. Adipose tissue often increases through the jaw and neck, blurring facial definition. In this age range, facelifts become increasingly popular. A facelift lifts and repairs lax facial muscles before redraping the skin and removing any excess. This results in an improvement in lower face and upper neck definition for a more youthful look.
Taking the Right Approach
When it comes to plastic surgery, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Facelifts may be performed on patients in their 40’s, while women in their 50’s may opt for breast augmentation. The best treatment approach enhances your existing assets while minimizing the more advanced signs of aging throughout the face and body for a natural look.