Most people don’t realize how truly versatile facial plastic surgery can be. Not only are there many different procedures that can address a variety of different issues, but both the usefulness and the effectiveness of these procedures can change depending on the age of the patient. That’s why facial plastic surgery can provide benefits to patients of virtually any age group. Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) compiles detailed demographic statistics about the most commonly-performed reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, and those statistics make it clear that the reasons that people seek out facial plastic surgery vary as patients grow older.
Under 30: Correcting Abnormal Features
Patients that have not yet experienced any significant facial aging generally tend to gravitate towards procedures that can specifically address problems with key features, like the nose or ears. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, which can both improve the appearance of the nose and potentially address breathing problems, is the most popular. However, younger patients may also undergo ear surgery, or otoplasty, to address ears that are unusually small or that protrude too far from the head.
30 to 40: Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
While rhinoplasty is still the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure among patients aged thirty to forty, during this time the popularity of various minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments really starts to sky-rocket. As the signs of facial aging first start to manifest, patients seek Botox® injections to address fine lines and wrinkles, specifically around and between the eyes, or injectable facial fillers, like Juvéderm®, to restore volume and a youthful fullness to key areas of the face.
40 to 50: Targeting Sagging Skin and Fat Deposits
As patients move into their forties and the real signs of facial aging have started to fully manifest, non-surgical remedies often need to be supplemented with targeted surgical procedures. Among the most popular of these is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, a procedure that removes sagging skin, along with tiny fat deposits, from the upper and/or lower eyelids to make patients look more rested and youthful.
50 and Older: Lifting and Smoothing the Entire Face
Different areas of the face tend to age at different rates, but patients in their fifties often have multiple areas of concern. A traditional facelift, or rhytidectomy, is specifically designed to address the visible signs of aging that can affect the face and neck. These may include: general sagging of brow, deepening of the nasolabial folds, and the appearance of jowls or a double chin. Many patients choose to combine a facelift with other procedures, like eyelid surgery or fat transfer, to achieve a more complete and natural-looking result.
No matter what your age, there are potentially ways in which facial plastic surgery can benefit you. If you have questions about how best to address your own facial concerns, or if you are interested in any of the facial plastic surgery procedures I perform, please contact my office, to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.