Which Plastic Surgery Procedure Is Best for Your Age?

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There are rites of passage for different stages of our lives, special activities and pursuits that speak to who we are during that time, whether passing a driving test, landing your first job, or celebrating an important anniversary. Similarly, there are certain plastic surgery procedures that are popular according to a person’s decade in life. Let’s take a look at some of the best ages for plastic surgery based on each stage of life.

In Your 20s: Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation remains one of the most common plastic surgeries in the world, and is most popular for women in their 20s, who may be seeking to balance out the proportions of their adult figure or boost their confidence. Through consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, women can determine which implant size and type can help them achieve their dream look.

Although women in their 20s make up the largest age segment of breast enhancement patients, there is no age cut-off for the procedure, which continues to be very popular for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s as well. The most important criteria for undergoing breast enhancement is being in good health, not a specific age range.

In Your 30s: Liposuction
As we age, our metabolism slows down. Despite our best efforts, we may find that our figure isn’t as sleek as it once was. Stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise may cling to various parts of the body. Liposuction is a go-to solution for many men and women in their 30s who are looking to refine their contours. This body contouring procedure is custom-tailored to individual needs, slimming and reshaping specific areas of the body.

In Your 40s: Eyelid and Brow Lift Surgery
The aging process is characterized, in part, by a reduced production of collagen, the ingredient that gives skin its elasticity. In our 40s, aging is often first apparent in the upper part of the face. Skin surrounding the eye may begin to show permanent wrinkles, and the forehead and upper eyelids can begin to sag.

Eyelid and brow lift surgeries are very popular, age-appropriate plastic surgeries for people in their 40s who want to rejuvenate their look and appear more fresh-faced. For a nonsurgical approach, Botox is ideal for smoothing away crow's feet and frown lines in your 40s.

In Your 50s and 60s: Facelifts
Right about the time we're looking forward to retirement age, we often look older than we feel, with the most obvious effects of aging now quite visible on our faces. By our 50s and 60s, we’ve lost our youthful contours, the corners of our mouth may turn downwards, deep facial creases have formed, our jawline loses its firm shape, and the neck can sag or create the appearance of a double chin. Cheeks may appear deflated as a result of the loss of facial volume that occurs over time, too.

No amount of healthy living can prevent the evidence of time passing, which leads many people 55 or older to pursue a facelift. Facelift surgery primarily addresses the signs of aging through the lower face and upper neck, but can be performed in conjunction with eyelid or brow lift surgeries.

Regardless of specific age group, cosmetic surgery as a whole continues to rise in popularity. How we feel about ourselves affects us on a moment to moment basis, and plastic surgery can help to enhance your natural appearance so you enjoy a positive self-image... no matter how many candles were on your last birthday cake.
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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon