Cosmetic Surgery in Your Thirties, Forties, and Fifties

Published: 04th November 2008
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As our appearance changes with age, the types of beauty products and cosmetic procedures we need changes as well. While cosmetic surgery cannot stop the aging process, certain procedures can slow down the effects of aging. Plastic surgeons understand the changes our bodies go through as we age and are trained to meet the needs of men and women at every stage of life. Learn more about the treatments plastic surgeons recommend for the age groups listed below.


Patients in their thirties are generally starting to experience some of the first noticeable signs of aging, including skin laxity and lines and wrinkles near the eyes, nose, and mouth. Plastic surgeons may recommend procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, or non-invasive skin tightening to address these cosmetic complaints.

Women in their thirties who have given birth may opt for the mommy makeover, which includes breast lift surgery (or breast augmentation), tummy tuck, and liposuction.

Forties and Fifties

Patients in their forties and fifties generally opt for facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift surgery and eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of loose, sagging skin. When skin laxity is minimal plastic surgeons will often recommend less invasive techniques, including endoscopic eyelid surgery and "mini" facelift procedures. These procedures produce natural results with minimal scarring.

Plastic surgeons often recommend the use of facial fillers to complement facial rejuvenation procedures. The facelift/BOTOX therapy combination in particular is very popular for patients in their fifties. Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm also complement skin tightening procedures by adding volume to the lips and cheeks.

Sixties and On

Facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery are the most common procedures chosen by patients in their sixties and seventies. While these procedures cannot halt the aging process, they can "set back the clock" and produce dramatic, yet natural looking results.

A concern for plastic surgeons when operating on older patients is always whether or not the patient is in strong enough health to tolerate the procedure. Experienced plastic surgeons may not recommend certain invasive procedures for high risk patients, but new techniques have allowed surgeons to operate with less pain and scarring, making it safe to perform surgeries such as facelift surgery on older patients.

Are you interested in undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure such as the placement of breast implants or abdominoplasty? Speak to a plastic surgeon in your area to learn more about these procedures.

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