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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
The first signs of aging can start early—and it can be a shock to see the little lines and wrinkles creeping up around your eyes or on your forehead. It may be surprising to learn that these signs of aging can start appearing in your 30s, but that is normal, and everyone experiences aging at a different rate. The rate of aging depends on a variety of factors, including genetics and lifestyle, but for many people, aging starts in a few specific areas. So what are some areas you might want to watch for early wrinkles?
Some of the most delicate skin of the body is located in the eye and eyelid area, so aging often starts early in this location. In addition, the eyes are highly expressive, frequently moving to show a variety of expressions and emotions. Because of this, wrinkling is very common at the corners of the eyes, and puffy, under-eye bags are to be expected as skin and fat begin to sag in the face with age.
With all the intense concentration many of us direct today toward computer screens, it’s not too surprising that the forehead is another area that tends to show signs of aging early on. Horizontal lines are a common first sign of aging, and these lines can even affect resting expression if they are deep enough. As aging progresses, the brow begins to sag, which can contribute to a perpetually sad, angry, or disinterested expression.
The neck is often ignored during the normal skincare and anti-aging measures many people take, but this can lead to early aging of this sensitive skin. The skin on the neck is quite delicate and if it is not cared for properly, it can begin to show signs of aging rapidly. Sagging skin can make the jaw appear less taut and youthful, and give the illusion of a double chin, eventually extending lower on the neck with further aging. After a while, the neck can start to exhibit a “turkey wattle” appearance of loose skin.
Today, there are many procedures that can be used for facial rejuvenation in younger patients. The treatment that is appropriate in any given case has to do with a number of factors, including goals, tolerance for discomfort and downtime, and budget.
Non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox, and Thermage offer patients subtle or temporary results that involve little to no downtime and discomfort. Injectable fillers offer patients great results from a quick and easy treatment, but these great results only last 4-12 months on average. Thermage is known as the “non-surgical facelift,” and can be used to treat moderate sagging skin. Thermage tightens and contours the facial skin gradually following the treatment by encouraging the body to produce collagen, the connective protein that lends skin its elasticity and volume.
Specific cosmetic surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and forehead lifts are some of the most common surgical procedures for younger plastic surgery patients. These procedures address only the area of concern, making the surgery less expensive and invasive than a traditional facelift. Sometimes surgical procedures are combined with non-invasive treatments for even better results. Downtime varies by procedure, but generally doesn’t take more than two weeks for initial recovery. The results of these treatments can last for years.
While most people think of plastic surgery as something for people in their 50s and 60s, more people today are electing to begin cosmetic treatments earlier. Why? When anti-aging procedures are started later on in life, it can be very difficult to produce the dramatic results patients expect. Aging cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down, and patients who are proactive and start anti-aging early, such as during the late 30s and early 40s can usually get away with less invasive procedures and get off on the right foot. While an older patient might need a full facelift to get good results, a younger person may only require eyelid surgery and Botox to reach his or her goals. Early intervention is a great idea for people who want to hold off aging as much as possible.
No matter what type of procedure you pursue, you should always seek help from a highly experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon. Facial plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are extremely complex and require a great deal of skill and artistry. If you would like to speak with an expert about your options for facial rejuvenation, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and consult with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri has decades of experience in helping patients reach their goals through a variety of effective procedure. To schedule your free consultation in Dearborn or Birmingham, call 866-487-3223 today.