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The purpose of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments is to allow people the chance to refine and adjust their appearance so that they can look and feel their very best.
One of the most common reasons why men and women seek out cosmetic procedures is the frustration of looking older than they are (or feel).
While there are numerous skincare products on the market advertised as being able to restore a youthful appearance, the reality is that most — if not all — of these products are unable to give you the results you’re looking for. But cosmetic procedures can help rejuvenate, revitalize, and bring back that youthful appearance you want.
Below, you will find information on both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to help you turn back time and look younger than you have in years!
Who Are Ideal Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery?
So many people have the misunderstanding that plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are just for young people looking to enhance their appearance.
But the truth about cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, is that adults of any age can use them to achieve the look and feel they desire for themselves.
In fact, when you look at the stats, it’s clear that cosmetic procedures are helpful to anyone.
In 2020, over 750,000 men and women aged 20 to 29 had cosmetic procedures performed, while over 2,000,000 patients aged 20 to 39, over 6,000,000 aged 40 to 54, and nearly 4,000,000 patients aged 55 to 69 had cosmetic procedures performed.
Your Top Surgical Options
While any adult patient can choose a surgical option for restoring their more youthful or enhanced facial appearance, these procedures can definitely help middle aged men and women regain their younger look and increase their confidence.
Where nonsurgical options offer rejuvenating results, the reality is that these results are temporary.
Most injectable treatments last anywhere from six to 12 months, with some lasting as long as two years, before requiring maintenance treatments.
Surgical options, however, are meant to be longer lasting. That is because these procedures are much more extensive than nonsurgical options.
Here are some of the most trusted and effective surgical options available:
Facelift surgery is a procedure in which Dr. Spies will tighten underlying facial muscles, remove excess or sagging skin, and redrape the remaining skin to give you a smoother, more contoured facial appearance.
The skin on the chin and neck can also be improved with this procedure. It’s important to note that a facelift is used to correct sagging skin and wrinkles on the lower two-thirds of the face (from the cheeks to the neck).
Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift) is used to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the upper third of the face (the portion of the face that facelift surgery doesn’t address).
Another benefit of this procedure is that it can help correct sagging eyebrows, which can cause men and women to look old and grumpy.
After your brow lift, you can have a refreshed appearance that can allow you to look much younger, more energized, and more aware than you have in years.
Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is a transformative surgical procedure that helps to correct wrinkles of the eyelid skin as well as bags under the eyes and general puffiness around the eyes that can make you look old and tired.
You can choose to have upper blepharoplasty (which corrects sagging skin in the upper eyelid and can cause you to look old and may even obstruct your vision), lower blepharoplasty (which helps to correct puffiness under the eyes), or a combination of both upper and lower eyelid surgery.
Your Top Nonsurgical Options
Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are perfect for men and women who are looking to revitalize their appearance due to age but are not at a point where they want to undergo a more in-depth plastic surgery procedure.
Whether you are hesitant about all that surgical procedures entail (anesthesia, incisions, recovery time, etc.) or you feel that your aesthetic issues are not at a point where surgery is needed, nonsurgical treatments may be able to give you the results you desire.
Some of the most effective and trusted nonsurgical procedures for restoring a more youthful appearance to your skin, especially your facial skin, are injectable treatments, which can be broken down into two categories: dermal fillers and neurotoxins.
Nothing can make you look older and more worn down than the presence of wrinkles and areas of volume loss on your face.
Whether these wrinkles are deep or merely show as fine lines and whether your volume loss is causing you to look gaunt and sickly or just tired, dermal fillers work by literally filling in these blemishes to give you smoother, more youthful skin.
For these nonsurgical treatments, a filler solution is injected just below the skin to attract and retain moisture in the skin with the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) or stimulate the production of collagen to increase the health and quality of your skin.
Here are some of the most effective dermal fillers available:
- Restylane®: uses HA to improve the quality and appearance of skin around the lips and face by hydrating the skin and restoring lost volume
- JUVÉDERM®: uses HA to restore volume and help correct the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, including marionette lines
- The RHA® Collection: RHA stands for “Resilient Hyaluronic Acid” and works by rejuvenating the skin in the lower face to treat both static and dynamic wrinkles
- Sculptra® Aesthetic: promotes collagen production to give long-lasting improvement to the skin
Neurotoxin injections are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments available.
In fact, when most people think of cosmetic injections, they think of one name: BOTOX® Cosmetic.
That’s because BOTOX® Cosmetic (as well as Dysport®) give transformative results.
These treatments are used to help correct the appearance of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that are created from constant muscle contractions, such as on the forehead and between the eyes and eyebrows).
One of the active ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® is botulinum toxin A, which is a neuromodulator and works by blocking the targeted muscle from sending signals to the brain.
Essentially, these treatments work by temporarily relaxing specific muscles so that they cannot contract and cause wrinkles to appear.
For this treatment, the solution is injected directly into the muscle, and once it sets in, you will notice smoother and more youthful skin.
Besides injectable treatments, another option for men and women looking to turn back the clock on their skin is laser treatments.
Laser treatments can help rid you of unsightly wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and other skin imperfections by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin. And what’s even better is that these treatments can effectively work on various areas of your face and body, including on your forehead; around your eyes, nose, and mouth; and on your hands.
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Whether you choose a surgical or nonsurgical procedure, our highly experienced medical team, led by Dr. Spies, can help you look as young as you feel. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.