The subtle signs of aging start in your 30s but may become more pronounced in your 40’s. This is when the upper and lower eyelids may begin to droop or sag and can make your eyes appear sunken. Lines and wrinkles around the face also become more noticeable, and crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes and lines in the forehead get deeper. On the lower portion of the face, vertical lines deepen around the mouth. Many people notice that their nasolabial folds and marionette lines become more noticeable. Cheeks may lose their volume. There are several procedures that can be done in the office to correct these signs of aging. Here are the top three surgical procedures for patients over 40.
There are two ways to perform a brow lift, either open or closed, depending on the patient’s needs. An open brow lift removes excess skin from the forehead, tightening it and raising the brows. Scars from an open brow lift are typically hidden in the hairline. A closed brow lift does not remove excess skin, but rather re-suspends the excess tissue to a more desirable level. The advantage of a closed brow lift is shorter scars.
Drooping eyelids are a common problem that tends to make patients look older than they are. Eyelid lifts can usually be done in the office. An upper eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is a common procedure in both women and men. Excess skin in the upper eyelid area is removed, leaving a scar hidden in the upper eyelid crease. When the eyes are open, the scars from this procedure cannot be seen. When the eyes are closed, the scars are usually so subtle that they aren’t noticeable.
Many facelift patients have the same concerns. Their number one worry is that their face will look “too tight.” The plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery have the skill and experience to make sure this won’t happen. Because facial aging is multifactorial, our approach to a facelift is as well. Facial aging can be broken down into three fundamental problems: ptosis (falling or sagging of tissues), atrophy (decreased volume and loss of tissue), and reduced skin quality. A facelift only corrects the “sagging” of the facial tissues. In some cases, fat grafting is used to treat areas of volume loss. Laser skin resurfacing can improve skin quality and dramatically improve the final outcome after a facelift.
If you’re noticing signs of facial aging, schedule a consultation with one of the award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery. Drs. Peter Butler, Jocelyn Leveque, and Nathan Patterson have the skill and experience to reverse the signs of aging, leaving you looking natural and more youthful.