Plastic Surgery and Age: What You Need To Know

The Today Shows Plastic Surgery week: Plastic Surgery and Age- What You Need To Dr Wigoda

As many of you avid television watchers may know, The Today Show did a week-long special on plastic surgery last week. Among the topics covered on the show was what each age bracket should know in terms of what will happen to your body, and what you can do enhance or hide it.

Age has been a trending topic this year with regards to plastic surgery. We’ve been hot on the debate about how young is too young for plastic surgery?, and now we want to know what Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD thinks about what you can do as you get older!

Dr. Wigoda, a board-certified plastic surgeon, brings years of plastic surgery on patients of all ages to the table. We asked him to set the record straight and give us some opinions on the facts being reported.  

In Your 30s:

Here are some of the tips The Today Show gives for patients in their 30s on what they can expect:

  • As you transition from 20s to 30s, prevention is KEY! It’s crucial to start thinking about what you can do to avoid developing lines, wrinkles or crow’s feet.
  • Focusing on anti-aging routines can sustain a youthful look and delay the need for surgery. Small procedures are encouraged at this age, and as always, apply sunscreen regularly to preserve the skin.
  • Lines and wrinkles become most noticeable around the eyes, mouth and forehead.
  • Just getting started? Try Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or fillers to prevent lines.
  • If you’re struggling with heavy under-eye bags, NewBeauty recommends blepharoplasty. It’s a quick procedure with little time needed for recovery. It costs roughly $1500-$3500 and ranges from 1-3 hours.

Dr. Wigoda Says: “30s are a little too young to have your lower eyelids done. I would say the average is the late 40s and 50s.” You heard it right, make sure you are not spending over $1500 on a procedure that you may not need for another 10 to 20 years! However, if you are ready and eager to get something done, check out Dr. Wigoda’s Botox page and set up your free consultation!

In Your 40s:

Next up, we have the 40s! This age range is when many begin to consider some sort of plastic surgery or non-invasive procedure. This is the ideal age to be very aware of what will actually be beneficial and safe, and what will just burn a hole in your pocket and lead to complications! The Today Show stresses those in their 40s to be aware of:

  • Aging becomes apparent in this stage of your life — sun damage is more pronounced and the after-effects of having children start to take a toll on your body.
  • As your face begins to lose fat, dry spots may appear as well as wrinkles that come as a result of summer days in the sun.
  • Nasolabial folds (those lines from your nose to your mouth) become deeper and alter the shape of your face — changing it from round to square. For these, injectables make all the difference. They take fat from where you don’t want it via liposuction and put it where it is deficient, according to NewBeauty. Injectable procedures can cost anywhere from $1500-$3500, take 1-3 hours and entail 5-14 days of recovery.
  • Cellulite also worsens — estrogen levels decrease and fat builds in areas naturally most affected by cellulite. Although there’s no permanent remedy for cellulite, NewBeauty recommends massage techniques, heat to stimulate collagen (Accent) and Cellulaze, a surgery performed to reduce the bands. Cellulaze is roughly $5000-$7000, takes about 1-2 hours and requires 1-2 days for recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Injectables cost about $650-$950 per syringe and most patients only need one syringe. Also, the actual procedure only takes about five to ten minutes and there is virtually no recovery period.” It is very important you be aware that you are not being overcharged for procedures. Also, do the research and read customer reviews and testimonials. Dr. Wigoda prides himself on painless procedures with minimal to no pain and recovery time. If a surgeon is telling you something will hurt or take longer than it should to heal, make sure you do your research on the procedure and that particular doctor!

“I think these cellulite procedures work less effectively than advertised. The procedures that are completely non-invasive are a waste of money as far as I am concerned. Whether the procedure is heating or cooling the fat/cellulite, it is a waste.” There is VERY little evidence to show that non-invasive cellulite procedures work for permanent results. Often, results only last for a matter of hours due to the cellulite tightening, not actually going away.

In Your 50s and 60s:

  • You may be experiencing some saggy skin, most notably in the neck and facial area. Fillers, injectables and other non-invasive treatments are not the way to go, though. Surgically removing it (with a facelift) is the only option.
  • Facelifts are said to make you look 10 years younger. According to NewBeauty, it helps to restore the natural curvature of the face, while also making it appear firmer. It comes at a hefty cost —procedures range from $4000-$25,000, last 3-6 hours and require 10-14 days of recovery.
  • Loose skin in the neck area can be easily removed with a neck lift. It can also be pretty pricey — between $3500 – $10,000 for 1-3 hour procedure with 7-14 days of recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Patients in this age range definitely are candidates for fillers and Botox. However, these don’t tighten the neck or face skin. They can camouflage areas that are aging so they look more youthful.” One of the most important parts of plastic surgery is to make sure you are informed of what exactly is happening/being done to your body. Make sure you have a surgeon that will communicate with you and answer all of your questions. If you don’t know what to ask, check out these five important questions to ask about Botox!

No matter your age, you are never too young or too old to be informed! If you are considering any of these surgical or non-invasive procedures or have any questions about aging and what you can do to look your best, contact Dr. Wigoda for an honest assessment and  free plastic surgery consultation!

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