FOURTH QUARTER 2006, VOLUME 20, NUMBER 4

How young is too young? Can you stop the signs early on?

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How young is too young? Can you stop the signs early on?

Revealing Secrets: Answers to your most frequently asked beauty questions

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

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There is not a set age that doctors recommend patients first attacking the aging process. Patients are unique; while emerging crows feet may bring one forty-something year old patient into the office, another 65 year old patient may find beauty in her fine lines and instead seek to plump up her cheek area. The best advice is to discuss your features and ideas for enhancement with your doctor. With a thorough evaluation, you can determine your optimal rejuvenation plan.

The benefits of rejuvenating your appearance and smoothing your complexion include increased self-esteem and confidence. As we age, it becomes more difficult to retain the youthful, healthy glow. More patients are fighting to turn back the hands of the clock at a younger age with less invasive procedures that leave you brighter and refreshed with little recovery time. The ultimate advantage is that you are retaining that younger-looking you longer.

As we get older, cell replacement is not as quick as it once was and the skin begins to appear drier and thinner. Combat this by staying well hydrated with plenty of water and applying a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Exfoliation, cell renewal, and collagen production continues to slow. The skin begins to sag and wrinkles are more noticeable. The tone and texture of your skin is changing—a little more dull and enlarged pores. Signs of photodamage are more visible with freckles, age spots, and changes in skin color. Fight back with an exfoliator, chemical peel, or eyelid surgery.

Well into your fifties, you may notice fat cells beginning to collect around the neck and chin. Conversely, loss of volume and fullness in the cheeks leads to loose skin and sagging. You may want to add fullness with fillers or implants, or opt for a facelift.

There is no perfect age when doctors will recommend a specific procedure. Instead, as an individual with concerns, questions, motivations, and desires, you and your physician can discuss what areas you would like to improve upon and what realistic opportunities you may be able to take advantage of now and down the road. It is important to recognize that your treatment options are tailored based on your personal needs, expectations, and motivations.