By Elana Pruitt © 2006-2009
We all want to grow older gracefully. And since we can't avoid peaking 50 years old nor resist the realm of middle age, plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments may help you feel a bit more in control of it all. While some people embrace the natural aging process, others just want the wrinkles, sagging skin, crow's feet, and jowls to just go away! And what about the years of sun damage, pollution, and all that smoking and drinking that have caught up with you, now adding years to your face? Plastic surgery is a personal choice, and for older men and women wanting to refresh their appearance through cosmetic surgery -- growing numbers proves the significant attraction towards maintaining a youthful and healthy-looking image. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), ages 35 to 50 made up 45 percent of the 11.9 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2004; yet, ages 51 to 64 is the second-highest group to undergo cosmetic surgery -- 25 percent (ages 19 to 24 had 22 percent, 65-and-over had 6 percent, and the 18-and-younger age bracket made up only 2 percent).
Fighting The Signs Of Aging
"Patients over 50 want to look younger and more attractive for a number of reasons -- all as important as the next," says Dr. Leonard Miller, a board certified plastic surgeon affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston. His rundown of universal factors that drive older patients toward anti-aging treatments and procedures are:
- General self-esteem
- To be competitive in the workplace
- To feel more attractive and connected/accepted in their social circles
- To get a new start/jump on life and attract new partners
- To look as young as they feel -- as people become more "fitness" conscious and more attractive in society
But wrinkles are nothing to be afraid of -- they will happen to the best of us. Yet, with numerous cosmetic surgery and anti-aging options at your disposal, individuals over 50 shouldn't have to surrender to crow's feet, a flabby midsection, or forehead creases that are known to drive people crazy -- if they don't want to. And even whilst protecting their skin and health on a daily basis, patients can't escape it either. This is why taking preventive measures toward preserving its youthful quality can also give it a boost.
Avoiding the sun, cigarette smoking, and too much alcohol; keeping skin moisturized and well-cleansed; and getting plenty of sleep are natural ways to care for your skin, says Dr. Miller. Not only is exercise and eating healthy essential to feeling rejuvenated and looking refreshed, most doctors would agree that the best candidates for plastic surgery are individuals who are physically and psychologically healthy. And according to Dr. Miller, unless patients have high blood pressure and/or take contraindicated medications, an older patient and a younger patient are susceptible to the same risks and uncertainties with plastic surgery.
For an individual over 50 seeking effective, anti-aging treatment or procedures to look younger, cosmetic surgery is still a sought-after anti-aging method. There was probably a time when your energy was dedicated to running around and picking up kids with balancing the demands of job responsibilities. Now retirement is right around the corner, grandchildren visits highlight your weekend, and lunching with the gals keeps you spirited and social. It makes sense for your beauty concerns to change over time, especially when your body changes in ways you may not have been ready for. Now might be the time to clean up your "problem areas" and focus just on you.
Plastic Surgery Procedures To Enhance Your Image
So what are 50-something and early 60-somethings getting? Eyelid surgery, liposuction, rhinoplasty, forehead lifts, and tummy tucks were the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2004, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Non-Invassive Cosmetic Rejuvenation
Besides chemical peels, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy, and the use of Hyaluronic acid as a facial filler, which were the top minimally-invasive procedures among that age group in 2004, Botox ® is still a most-requested temporary, quick-fix. Considering its role in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, creases, and all of the tell-tale signs that you're aging, a few sessions of 15-minute injections have given thousands of men and women something to smile about. According to international plastic and cosmetic surgery insider Wendy Lewis, author of "Wrinkle Rescue," even women in their late 20s and 30s are getting Botox ® "as the foundation of an early battle against aging." Botulinum Toxin may not necessarily prevent new facial lines from developing, but is known to slow down the formation of new ones, writes Lewis.
Unfortunately, our skin loses elasticity, gets drier, and becomes thinner as we age. You may even look in the mirror now and feel like a stranger to the wrinkles and creases that have fastened to your face. It probably doesn't feel like the same glowing skin you cherished during your 20s and 30s. This is why paying attention to it can give you a jumpstart in the right direction; keeping it healthy and finding way to sustain a youthful quality is up to you. This includes giving up the vices that solely do harm and no good (smoking, sunbathing, and heavy drinking).
"Skin dries out because the structure weakens and it doesn't retain moisture as well as younger skin," notes Lewis. "Topical agents such as wrinkle creams and moisturizers help give the layer of skin the Vitamins and minerals that can help this layer look younger and healthier."
Aging may cause our bodies to change in ways we'd rather avoid, and whether you embrace the visible signs of aging or seek ways to maintain a youthful image -- everyone deserves a beautiful image! Many women who want a younger-looking appearance also turn to breast enhancement, such as breast lift surgery. Cosmetic surgery is famous for helping millions of individual with just that. As the second-largest group refreshing their appearance through surgical procedures, patients over 50 and those in their early 60s are noticeably attracted to looking as great as they feel.