Want the secrets for healthy, radiant skin? While most women know the three fundamental rules — keep it clean, don’t smoke and stay out of the sun — many simply aren’t satisfied with the results. We all want to look young for as long as we can, but no matter how diligent we are about caring for our faces, the sun and gravity will take its toll. The good news is you can fight back against growing older — with or without surgery.
These days, the acceptance of plastic surgery has never been higher. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), facial plastic surgery procedures are up 12 percent since 1997, with 90 percent of women admitting “looking younger” as a top reason for considering surgery. “As women age, many become dissatisfied with the way their skin begins to look,” says Dr. Russell Kridel, president of the AAFPRS. “Today, there is an array of corrective procedures and affordable techniques that can help postpone the effects of aging and restore a fresh, luminous complexion.”
Armed with the right knowledge, you can keep skin smooth and healthy for months to come. Below is a decade-by-decade guide:
As the aging process gets under way, cell turnover is not as rapid as it once was, and skin becomes drier and appears washed out. Wrinkles may start to show around the mouth, eyes and forehead as collagen, the protein that keeps wrinkles at bay, begins to break down. To combat these signs of time, try an alpha-hydroxy cleanser to shed dead cells, and re-hydrate skin with an intense moisturizer. Another option: ask your facial plastic surgeon about Botox injections, which will eliminate crows feet and forehead lines, or a rejuvenating, non-invasive procedure such as microdermabrasion.
Cell renewal and collagen production continues slowing down, causing skin to become looser and wrinkles more prominent. Stick with the basics recommended for thirty-something skin, but consider adding a prescription strength exfoliator. Another way to counteract facial creases: consider chemical peel treatments, which will help smooth lines, fade brown spots, and even skin tone. Also, upper and lower eyelids may start to sag, and your facial plastic surgeon may recommend blepharoplasty, a cosmetic procedure to open up eyes and reveal a brighter appearance.
The AAFPRS reports that persons ages 50-59 are the largest group of their facial plastic surgery patients, representing 22.4 percent of clientele. At this stage, fat cells begin to collect around the neck and chin, and a once-taut jawline may soften. Facelift surgery can lift and tighten sagging skin, smooth the neck area and refine the jaw line to reduce the signs of aging. For a non-surgical fix, ask your doctor about a skincare regimen containing a Tretinoin cream, Vitamins C and E, and AHAs.