Facial Surgeries for Early Signs of Aging
July 3, 2015
For patients in their late thirties and early forties, surgery may seem like a huge leap in facial rejuvenation, one that should only be explored after age 45-50. However, many signs of aging start fairly early, and it can pay to seek surgery early, in order to maximize results, and slow down the "clock" of aging for several years. So what are some of the best surgeries for early signs of aging?
BlepharoplastyMore commonly known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is great for improving excess, sagging skin, repositioning fat, and resolving dark circles under the eyes. The eyes start aging early, and the drooping skin of the eyelids, along with bags under the eyes can make a person look perpetually tired or disinterested. Blepharoplasty can reverse this, and brighten up the resting expression.
Forehead LiftThe forehead begins to droop as we age, and also develops deep horizontal frown lines over time. A forehead lift is used to lift the brow overall, improving any resting facial expressions, which may indicate fatigue, anger, or other negative emotion, and deep furrows are eased for a more youthful look. The brow is often one of the first areas of the face in which people notice significant aging, and a forehead lift can turn back the clock for younger patients, slowing down the aging process somewhat.
"Mini" LiftA less comprehensive version of a facelift, mini lifts tend to be focused on one area in particular, rather than the face overall. The surgery is also less invasive than a full facelift. Mini lifts are highly customizable and can be performed on many areas of the face, but most often the cheeks or lower face. The procedure works by tightening the facial musculature structure, removing excess skin, and improving any sagging that may be present in the area. The mini lift is most appropriate for younger patients who do not have loose facial folds. The results from this procedure last about 5 years.
Non-Surgical OptionsWhile surgical procedures often produce the most dramatic and long-lasting results, non-surgical treatments have become very effective over the last few years, and may suit some patient’s budget requirements, lifestyles, and goals better than surgery, especially for younger patients. So what are some non-surgical options for anti-aging?
- Botox wrinkle injections
- Dermal fillers for wrinkles and facial volume
- Laser resurfacing for anti-aging
- Microdermabrasion for skin refreshment
- Chemical peels for skin refreshment or anti-aging
- Thermage for sagging skin