She’s known as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer recently admitted that when it comes to facial plastic surgery, she refuses to say no or yes. She is happier following a “never say never” mentality. She agrees that getting older and losing some of your younger beauty does affect you. Further, she believes that if plastic surgery makes you feel better about yourself, it’s great. Becoming obsessed or undergoing botched surgeries are the only concerns she has.
It’s impossible to predict when or how aging will affect you. You might be well into your 40s and 50s and see few signs of aging, only to wake up one morning in your 60s and realize your eyelids are sagging to a point that they’re blocking a small portion of your vision. You might suddenly find fleshy jowls hanging from your jawline. While some embrace these signs of aging, others feel less kindly toward them.
One thing is certain, you can’t stop aging. As you age, fat and collagen stores decrease, muscle tone weakens, and skin loses elasticity. Simply put, this affects how you look. Facial plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures are the only ways to reduce signs of aging and make you look younger for a few months or years.
Three Popular Procedures for the Aging Face
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the three most popular facial cosmetic surgeries that help correct the signs of aging are:
- Facelifts (34,807 in 2012)
- Blepharoplasty (34,735)
- Brow Lift (12,557)
AAFPRS members reported that 59 to 61 percent of these procedures were performed on men and women between the ages of 35 and 60, and 30 to 40 percent were performed on men and women over the age of 60.
The Surgeries in Detail
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, helps ease sagging eyelids, bags, and eyes that always make you look tired. The plastic surgeon makes incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, along the lower eyelash line, in the crow’s feet, or occasionally inside the lower eyelid. Excess skin and fat are removed to help eliminate the problems. After closing the incisions, the surgeon moves you to a recovery area, and you head home shortly thereafter. You will have some swelling for a few days and bruises that can last for upwards of three weeks. Stitches are removed after seven days and you can return to work at that point, but avoid strenuous activities for two weeks.
The brow lift, which is often referred to as a forehead lift, tightens the skin on the forehead and helps to return a drooping brow to a more youthful position. It can also improve forehead furrows and frown lines. Incisions are made behind the hairline, and sometimes along the hairline. Surgical work on the underlying muscles helps to alleviate frown lines, and then the skin on the brow is elevated to a higher position. Incisions are closed, and you go home the same day to recover. Stitches generally come out after a week, and you can return to work at that point, though you must avoid strenuous exercise and activities for another week.
The facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for older men and women. Incisions are made along the temple and down around the ears, staying within the hairline when possible to help hide any scars. Tissue is tightened, fat is removed, and excess skin is trimmed. This helps tighten the jawline, eliminate jowls, and take care of some wrinkling and loose skin on the neck. After a facelift, you need 10 days to recover. Stitches come out after a week, swelling and bruising need at least two weeks to subside, and light exercise is allowed after three weeks. It can take six months before all swelling is gone.
Read the AAFPRS article that discusses the pressure people feel to look younger. As many as 6 out of 10 men and women feel they are being judged more on their appearance today than past generations were. With plastic surgery, you can turn back the clock. With offices in Virginia and Maryland, Dr. Jessica Kulak is easily accessible to men and women who want to discuss aging face treatments. Contact The Naderi Center and schedule an appointment with the facial plastic surgeon by calling (301) 222-2020 in Maryland and (703) 481-0002 in Virginia.