When it comes to beauty, there’s no one-size-fits-all guide. Aging gracefully involves a healthy diet, maintaining your hair and skincare routines, and making time for sensible exercise. But there are other methods that can help you look and feel your best, and one of those methods is making use of cosmetic or plastic surgery. While extreme plastic surgery can leave you feeling less confident and like yourself in the aftermath, the best kinds of cosmetic surgery, in the words of Dr. Michael Zenn of ZennPlasticSurgery.com, “do not seek to change your appearance but refine and rejuvenate.” With that in mind, here are some of the best cosmetic surgeries to consider after 50.
One of the least invasive procedures on this list, dermabrasion is a great option for those who are happy with how they are aging but who want to brighten their skin and even out their complexion. Dermabrasion is exactly what it sounds like – an intense exfoliating procedure that removes the dead outer layers of your skin in a more complete way than your average skincare routine. After this procedure, some patients experience some discomfort, but that discomfort should subside in a few days.
One of the most commonly performed procedures, a rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, will lift sagging skin and reduce wrinkles around the face and neck. While they won’t last forever, facelifts will have a significant effect for 10 to 15 years and can be combined with other, less invasive treatments to last even longer. People whose skin is more affected by aging, such as those with sun damage to their skin or who have naturally thinner skin, will likely start to consider a facelift in their early 50s.
One of the most common results of aging is drooping skin and puffiness around your eyes. While facelifts are one of the most popular procedures overall, blepharoplasties are the most popular procedure for people over 55. When you get a blepharoplasty, the surgeon cuts into the skin around your eyelids and removes excess skin and fat. This restores the tautness around your eyes and reduces puffiness. Blepharoplasties can be either cosmetic surgery or, in the case of those whose vision is affected by drooping or excess skin around their eyes, a medical procedure. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty will be effective only 5-7 years, but a lower eyelid blepharoplasty will be effective for upwards of 10 years.
Much like a facelift, a brow lift, also called a forehead lift, can remove excess skin that causes wrinkles and restore the tautness of your forehead skin. There are several types of brow lift, and all the different types have different degrees of effectiveness, leave varying degrees of scar tissue, and affect hair growth differently. Your surgeon will be able to guide you through the options to find one that will give you the right balance of results with the least number of negative effects.
As you have aged, you might have noticed that your varicose veins have become more pronounced. While this isn’t dangerous to your health, you may find them to affect your appearance and confidence. They are most common on your face, hands, and legs. A number of different techniques have been developed to combat these veins, with the most common nowadays being sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, the varicose veins are targeted and injected with a fluid. This technique, combined with laser treatments, will make your varicose veins lessen dramatically in appearance or even disappear. Several rounds of treatment may be required to give you the results you want, but those results will be more or less permanent.