What's the Right Age for Plastic Surgery?
By Kenneth Smart Jr. on September 29, 2017
Plastic surgery, including face surgery, can help those who wish to enhance their desired appearance or diminish the signs of aging. When considering plastic surgery, it's important to understand that there really isn't one right age for treatment. The right age will vary from person to person based on individual factors, like health and desired outcome, along with the procedure being performed.
For answers to your questions about age and plastic surgery, please schedule a consultation with Frisco, TX plastic surgeon Ken Smart. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at some popular plastic surgery procedures and the age at which patients may benefit most from them.
A facelift may be used to reduce significant signs of aging, such as loose skin and lines and wrinkles throughout the face. A facelift may be performed on a wide range of ages, provided that patients are healthy enough to undergo surgery and have good skin elasticity. Facelift candidates typically include those who are between the ages of 40 and 70, but may be older or younger depending on personal circumstances.
A mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift and uses smaller incisions to achieve a more youthful appearance. Mini facelifts are most beneficial for those with minor signs of aging, such as those in their 40s.
A brow lift can lift drooping brows and help smooth creases within the forehead and between the eyes. Most patients who choose to undergo a brow lift are between the ages of 40 and 50 and are unhappy with the appearance of wrinkles along their forehead.
Ear surgery, also called otoplasty or an ear tuck, is a procedure used to reduce the size of large ears, while ear reshaping surgery can be used to correct the appearance of abnormally shaped, or injured, ears. Ear surgery can be performed on children as young as five to help avoid years of teasing that can happen once children start school.
Facial implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to enhance the features, such as the chin, jaw, and cheeks. Facial implants may also be used to restore the facial features after an injury or help reduce the appearance of facial sagging common to the aging process. Candidates for facial implants should be over the age of 18.
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can help rejuvenate the appearance of eyes plagued with sagging, hooded eyelids. Those with bags beneath their eyes may also benefit from eyelid surgery. Candidates for eyelid surgery are generally over the age of 35 as this is the age when the signs of aging often begin to show around the eyes. Eyelid surgery may be performed on younger patients, provided they're over the age of 18, to reduce the appearance of hooded eyelids or to address hereditary eyelid drooping, especially if the eyelids obscure vision.
Find out Which Treatment Is Right for You
If you are considering plastic surgery but would like to know more about available procedures, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart today.
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