Although plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, they have actually been around for centuries, and continue to be improved with new technologies and state-of-the-art treatments. Our plastic surgeon, Dr Craig Layt, Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, MED: 0001189663 has treated children and adults from under 18, their early 20’s ,through to and including, other patients into their 70’s and 80’s with plastic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic procedures and techniques designed to reconstruct or surgically change areas of the face, breast and body. Some procedures may be for medical reasons and some may be cosmetic reasons. The following guide lists some of the more common techniques used by each age group.
Please take a look at our Plastic Surgery Through the Ages guide, and contact our Gold Coast, Queensland practice for more information.
In the early teen years, plastic surgery is mostly performed on patients affected by congenital deformities, trauma, prominent ears, or skin lesions. By the time individuals have reached their 20’s, many patients opt to address aesthetic issues such as nasal contour, breast asymmetry, or skin conditions such as acne. Cosmetic surgery can change and balance features of face and body. Procedures can also be performed to adjust an asymmetric appearance of the breasts. Also, an array of effective non-surgical and laser skin treatments can treat the skin, to treat areas of uneven texture, redness or pigmented appearances of the skin. Breast augmentation using breast implants is also a popular procedure with young women.
During the 30’s age range, some subtle signs of time, dehydration, sun and environmental changes, fluctuations in weight may start some patients to look for various procedures. Some of the above effects can often be temporarily addressed with non-invasive treatments such as injectable cosmetic muscle relaxants, dermal fillers and other skin treatments. Some patients may be looking at the reduction of skin and/or fat deposits that they are having trouble eliminating through diet and exercise alone. Body contouring procedures such as liposuction or (abdominoplasty) tummy tuck can target these issues by removing skin or fat or both. Women in their 30’s may be starting to have children and the effects of pregnancy and motherhood may cause weight fluctuations and lead to skin to stretch on the breasts and cause ptosis. Breast procedures such as breast lift surgery and breast enlargement can give the reposition the nipple and areola and remove some of the skin that lost its elasticity.
The 40’s may see an increase in signs of time, sun and environmental effects, dehydration and changes in skin elasticity. Areas of the face can be treated with procedures such as face lift, eyelid surgery, browlift surgery, cosmetic injections, or laser skin resurfacing. Liposuction and abdominoplasty can also be effective for reducing fat or skin in these areas. A range of breast enhancement procedures can be performed either to enlarge or reduce the size of the breasts. Men in their 40’s may also look at an array of injectable and surgical treatments to address pigment, redness, wrinkles or lines. Some men may even be looking to have a male breast reduction called gynaecomastia.
The 50’s and 60’s
Patients in their 50’s and 60’s also look at procedures. Common procedures may include facelifts, body contouring options, and injectables to address wrinkles and creases. A number of non-surgical skin care and procedures can also be performed or used to address redness, pigment, skin texture, fine lines and some wrinkles.
The 70’s and 80’s
Skin care, laser resurfacing, and dermal fillers are often the most requested treatments for those in their 70’s and 80’s. Although the affects of time, sun and environment, dehydration and skin elasticity may be more pronounced in this time period, there are a variety of treatments that can get be used on the skin.
Please contact the Layt Clinic for more information, or to schedule a consultation. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.