What's the Right Age for Plastic Surgery?

By Peter Fisher, MD on September 19, 2017

An older woman with lines around her eyes but otherwise smooth skinFor those who wish to improve their appearance, whether that be enhancing their features or reversing the signs of age, plastic surgery can help. Facial surgery in particular is one of the most effective ways to improve facial balance or rejuvenate the appearance. When considering plastic surgery, many patients wonder what age is best to undergo different procedures.

Dr. Peter Fisher answers patient questions about plastic surgery and age during consultations at his San Antonio, TX practice. He also determines which treatments are best suited to each patient's age and needs. For answers to your questions, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher.

Plastic Surgery for Teens

Although plastic surgery is not commonly performed on children, those with ears that are misshaped, large, protruding, or affected by congenital defects may benefit from otoplasty. Otoplasty, sometimes called “ear pinning,” can help children and adults who are self-conscious about the appearance of their ears achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Plastic Surgery In Your 20s

Plastic surgery options for those in their 20s commonly include treatments to enhance or refine the features. Some common plastic surgery treatments for those in their 20s include rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and chin surgery.

Through rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job,” those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, whether they find it too big, crooked, or bulbous, can enjoy a nose that is more aesthetically pleasing and better proportioned for their features.

Breast augmentation is a popular surgery for women in their 20s but may be performed on those who are older. With breast augmentation, the shape, size, and volume of the breasts may be enhanced.

Through chin surgery, those who are unhappy with the appearance of a receding or large chin can transform their profile and achieve facial balance.

Plastic Surgery In Your 30s

The signs of aging may begin to show as early as a person's 30s. Fat injections, which uses treated fat cells from another part of the body, can be injected into areas of the face, such as around the eyes and cheeks, to rejuvenate the appearance.

It's also common for patients over the age of 35 to develop puffy eyelids or bags beneath their eyes that make them look old or tired. For such patients, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is often a good option for refreshing the eyes and creating a youthful, refreshed appearance.

Plastic Surgery In Your 40s

By the time many people reach their 40s, lines and creases will begin to become prominent. This leaves many looking for surgical options to rejuvenate their appearance. Face lift surgery can be tailored to meet the needs of those in their 40s who may only show minor or isolated signs of aging. The mini facelift in particular is often a great option for those in their 40s as it is minimally invasive but provides long lasting results.

Those in their 40s, or younger, may also consider body contouring treatments, such as liposuction, to remove stubborn areas of fat that can't be improved with diet and exercise.

Plastic Surgery In Your 50s and Beyond

Patients who are 50 and older often turn to plastic surgery procedures to reverse the hands of time. There are many procedures to help smooth deep creases and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Some popular treatments for those over the age of 50 include the traditional face lift, brow lift, and neck lift.

Traditional face lifts can tighten loose skin and smooth wrinkles throughout the face and jaw. Face lift surgery can be combined with other procedures, including the brow lift (to address creases within the forehead) and neck lift (to eliminate sagging tissue from the neck).

Discover Your Treatment Options

If you would like more information about plastic surgery, including which treatments are right for you age, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher.

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