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Plastic Surgery Through the Ages

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, has treated children and adults from their early 20’s and other patients into their 70’s and 80’s with plastic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic enhancement techniques designed to reconstruct or surgically change areas of the face, breast and body. The following guide lists some of the more common techniques used by each age group to address issues patients may be having with their appearance.

Please take a look at our Plastic Surgery Through the Ages guide, and contact our Gold Coast, Queensland practice for more information.

The 20’s

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 improve the appearance and balance of facial  features. Procedures can also be performed to correct an asymmetric appearance to the breasts. Also, an array of effective non-surgical and laser skin treatments can treat the skin, making damaged areas smoother or decrease redness or pigmented appearances of the skin.  Breast augmentation using breast implants is also a popular procedure with young women.

The 30’s

During the 30’s age range, some subtle signs of age, dehydration and sun damage may start to appear along the face. Wrinkles, fine lines, and creases can often be temporarily improved with non-invasive treatments such as injectable cosmetic enhancement and dermal fillers. Those in their 30’s may also be looking at the reduction of stubborn areas of excess fat that they are having trouble eliminating through diet and exercise alone. Body contouring procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck can address these issues by removing skin or fat or both. Plus, since the 30’s are often when women start having children, the effects of pregnancy and motherhood may cause skin to stretch on the breasts. Breast restoration procedures such as breast lift surgery and breast enlargement can give the breasts a natural pert appearance.

The 40’s

The 40’s can be some of our most vibrant years: still young and active, with a life full of experiences and ready for more. Although this period may see an increase in visible signs of sun damage, dehydration and changes in skin elasticity.  Areas of the face can be treated with procedures such as face lift, eyelid surgerybrowlift surgery, cosmetic injections, or laser skin resurfacing. Liposuction and abdominoplasty can also be effective remedies 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 reduce 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

The 50’s and 60’s are seeing many people still vibrant and energetic.  Common procedures for this age group include facelifts, body contouring options, and injectables to address wrinkles and creases along the face. A number of non-surgical skin care procedures can also be performed 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 signs of sun damage, dehydration and skin elasticity may be more pronounced in this time period, there are a variety of treatments that can get treat 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.