At 30 years of age many women begin to see the signs of aging especially on their faces. This is even more of a reality in places like Southern California, Florida, and Arizona where the sun and heat can take their toll on the face. It has long been known that the sun can accelerate the aging of skin. For this reason, people are advised to wear sunscreen every day regardless of their age and regardless of whether the sun is shining or not. But, in this land of vanity is it ridiculous for a 30-year-old to think about the possibility that she may one day need a facelift? There is no specific age that is universal for patients to begin to consider the possibility of a facelift surgical procedure. First, one must consider that a facelift is elective and a choice that is individual to each patient. Some patients are more accepting of lines and wrinkles on their face than others. For most patients in their 30s the initial concerns will be crows’ feet around the eyes and lines and wrinkles on their forehead. For these concerns most patients will consider Botox as a temporary treatment. Throughout the decade as the patient approaches their 40s the patient may add fillers like Restylane or Juvederm to improve the fat loss in the face. This becomes most evident in the nasolabial folds(the lines from the nose to the mouth). After 40, patients may consider what is known as a modified or mini facelift. This addresses slight sagging and loose skin on the facial area. If the neck is showing slight signs of aging, liposuction of the chin may be appropriate. At this point, Dr. Seify may advise patients to consider blepharoplasty which will help improve loose and lax skin on the eyelid and the loose and lax skin beneath the eyes. This can make a dramatic improvement in the overall appearance of the face. The full facelift or classic facelift may be held off longer for patients who engage in small plastic surgery procedures earlier rather than later in the stages of aesthetic facial aging. Also, Dr. Seify advises patients that when smaller procedures are performed over time, the results are rarely considered dramatic and noticeable as “extreme plastic surgery” to others. Patients are more likely to have natural looking results when smaller appropriate procedures performed over time. Patients who are considering facial rejuvenation and would like to prepare a facial rejuvenation plan with Dr. Seify are encouraged to contact his office and schedule a consultation.
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