As people approach or surpass middle age, the physical changes that affect their overall facial appearance may seem more dramatic than ever. Around this time, many people begin to notice a substantial increase in wrinkles, more deposits of fat in certain areas, and a decrease in skin elasticity, among other undesirable changes. Accordingly, facial plastic surgery is often considered as a way of turning back the proverbial clock and achieving a younger, more rejuvenated appearance. At our Ottawa facial cosmetic surgery office, we understand how the various signs of aging can impact one’s self-image, and we offer a variety of treatment options to combat this. We also, however, understand the concerns that patients may have about surgery in their 50s. To this end, we offer the following information on facial plastic surgery and whether it may be appropriate for you.
While it’s true that older patients tend to require a bit more recovery time than younger patients, plastic surgery is not inherently more dangerous just because a patient is in his or her 50s. As with any surgery, the risks and side effects depend primarily on an individual patient’s health. Patients in their 50s are at the ideal age for many of our procedures, since the primary goal of many facial plastic surgeries is to combat the apparent signs of aging, which tend to appear around this time. Wrinkles and loose skin, for instance, can be reduced through a number of cosmetic treatments that are ideal for patients in their 50s: at this age, patients are beginning to truly see undesirable changes in the mirror, but they are also still young enough to undergo surgery without much worry or risk. These patients tend to have some skin elasticity as well, contributing to more effective healing and aesthetic results than patients in their 60s or 70s.
Depending on a patient’s individual needs and preferences, a few different treatment options may be considered. When it comes to creating a younger visage, patients may want to discuss any of the following procedures:
Facial plastic surgery is a decision that should only be made after careful consideration and when armed with accurate information and expectations, but a good decision can lead to satisfying results for many years to come. Consult Dr. Brownrigg to learn more about your plastic surgery options and whether they are right for you. Schedule an initial appointment with us and possibly take the first step toward a new you.