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?
More 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.
The 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.
A 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.
While 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
These and many other treatments can offer great results, most with a fairly non-invasive procedure and little to no downtime (notable exceptions are carbon dioxide laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels, which require an intensive treatment and recovery period).
Assessing Your Needs
There are many components to aging, and everyone is different when it comes to which issues are the biggest problem. Collagen loss in the skin leads to wrinkled, sagging skin, while sun damage can produce pigmentation problems such as brown spots. If you are interested in facial rejuvenation, the first step is to assess your needs and figure out your priorities for what you want to address with surgery or facial treatments.
The Best Fit
Once you’ve figured out what you want to focus on, the next step is finding the procedure that’s right for you. Depending on the degree and types of aging you are experiencing, this may mean choosing more than one procedure to give you the results you’re looking for. Some people, for instance, choose to combine a surgical procedure with a non-invasive treatment, or simply two gentle treatments for improved results.
Talk to an Expert
Choosing a procedure can be a difficult task, particularly if you are unsure of your candidacy for a given treatment. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, then it’s time to meet with a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon to help you reach your facial rejuvenation goals. Dr. Haitham Masri has over 25 years of experience and can help you come up with a plan that works for you. For more information on expert facial surgery in the Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan areas, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery today at 866-487-3223 and schedule a complimentary consultation.