In the nearly thirty years that I have been helping men and women look younger as a board-certified plastic surgeon, I have found that facial aging can best be managed with a gradual treatment plan that begins in a patient’s twenties or thirties and continues into their sixties and beyond, a plan that incorporates a combination of non-surgical and surgical cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Every patient is unique, and even different areas of the same face can often show signs of facial aging at different rates, so there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” treatment. Instead, the best results are usually obtained when we start early in the aging process, when the patient is in their twenties or thirties, with advanced skin care and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments to preserve the face’s naturally youthful features. In the patient’s thirties or forties, when muscle and skin laxity has further progressed, we can begin to gradually incorporate minor surgical procedures, as they become necessary. Typically, these procedures are targeted to address specific areas of concern, like eyelid surgery or a mini-facelift. Eventually, when they reach their fifties, we can graduate to procedures that affect the entire face, like a traditional full facelift or a deep chemical peel. Here is an overview of the procedures that I have found most effective for patients of specific age groups:
As a face ages, there are structural changes that occur which can cause a loss of skin firmness (or laxity) and a loss of skin volume. Variations in these factors can mean that techniques that were extremely effective on patients in their thirties or forties, like injectable facial fillers, have a much less noticeable effect on patients as they grow older and so are better used to maintain plastic surgery results. Similarly, those same structural differences are the reason that full cosmetic plastic surgery procedures can sometimes look unnatural when performed on younger patients. When we instead pursue a gradual approach that addresses only the patient’s specific areas of concern as they manifest, we can more easily avoid the “wind-blown” look of an over-aggressive procedure or the “over-filled” look that comes from reliance on injectable facial fillers. This, in turn, makes it much less obvious that a patient has had work done and allows us to achieve more seamlessly natural-looking facial rejuvenation results.
In short, every face requires a customized approach, so if you are interested in finding out exactly what specific facial plastic surgery procedures would be best for you please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein so that we can schedule a full consultation and view simulated images of your potential results. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.