I tell all patients, regardless of age, who come to our Saratoga Springs-area plastic surgery practice that the key to maintaining youthful-looking skin is starting a skincare regimen early with a qualified plastic surgeon. Ideally, the patient is young enough that surgical treatment isn’t necessary, but it’s never too late for a person to start taking care of her or his complexion. Here’s a general guide to skincare by age:
Age 30 and younger: The first step all people should take is investing in a quality sunscreen to protect skin from premature aging. Licensed cosmetic professionals at medical spas such as our Spa One can help patients choose the right products based on lifestyle and individual needs. Many patients in this age range can also benefit from non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate their appearances.
Age 31 to 45: Assuming a patient has protected her or his skin, injectable treatments including BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers can be combined to restore facial volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Laser procedures and more advanced skincare products are often incorporated into a treatment plan to delay the need for cosmetic surgery.
Age 46 and older: As amazing as many non-surgical procedures are, they can only reduce the signs of aging to a certain extent. Many patients turn to surgical procedures such as facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery to create a refreshed appearance, and sometimes these are combined to create a more comprehensive result. This blog post explains the necessary information for patients considering multiple cosmetic surgery procedures.
It’s important to understand that many surgical procedures don’t fall into a category by age. This is another reason for seeking out the opinion of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.