First Quarter 2009, Volume 23, Number 2

Beauty through the ages: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s


How to fight the aging process and succeed

Beauty through the ages: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Getting to know your skin; which ones can be treated

Beauty is not defined by age. If you want to enhance your beauty, get smart about what you can do for your skin in every decade. Not only can you learn to improve what you have, but also find out what options you have to change what you don’t like.

Terrific twenties
Your skin is supple and full, with youthfulness abounding. Most people consider this the prime of their beauty and overall physical condition. Develop good habits around skin care: cleanse, moisturize, and protect. This young age is an ideal time to play with accentuating your features with makeup. If you are looking to make your eyes appear bigger, place eyeliner as close as possible along the upper and lower lashlines; do not line the inside of your eyelids. If you are trying to make your thin lips look fuller, avoid dark shades. Wear medium to light lip colors or try lip gloss. If you are still suffering from occasional acne breakouts or maybe you want to improve the appearance of acne scars, consult your physician. You may benefit from laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel.

Tremendous thirties
Small signs of aging start to appear around the eyes and mouth. Your skin may feel drier and thinner due to cell replacement slowing down and the breakdown of collagen, the protein that holds the skin together. Besides continuing those good skin care habits, pay extra attention to hydrating your skin by drinking plenty of water and applying a moisturizer twice a day.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles, your facial plastic surgeon may recommend an alpha-hydroxy cleanser, BOTOX® injections, or soft filler injections. Are you scheduling time for yourself? Learn relaxation techniques and make pampering yourself a priority. Stress negatively affects your skin and accelerates the aging process. Your body reacts to feeling overwhelmed, nervous, or anxious by producing excess oils in your skin. Be proactive in reducing stress and your skin will benefit.

Fabulous forties
The texture and tone of your skin is changing as pores become more enlarged and the skin appears more dull. Damage from the sun may be more visible with freckles, age spots, and changes in skin color. Cell renewal, collagen production, and exfoliation are not as quick as it once was. Common treatments include a prescription exfoliator to help get rid of dead skin cells or a chemical peel to rejuvenate the skin. You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to address sagging skin around the eyes.

During this time, you may be struggling to balance your family, career, and community responsibilities. Are you getting adequate rest? During the deepest stage of sleep, your body releases growth hormones for cell repair. Without this regenerative effect, your skin’s texture, thickness, and elasticity are diminished. The average adult requires seven hours of sleep per night; help your skin rejuvenate and glow on a daily basis.

Fantastic fifties
Wrinkles and the toll of gravity are readily apparent. The loss of volume and fullness in the cheeks causes loose skin and sagging. Fat cells begin to collect under the eyes and around the neck and chin. The decrease in production of estrogen affects your skin, increasing dryness and reducing elasticity. Regular facials can help the skin’s circulation. Minimally invasive procedures can restore fullness to your cheeks and lips, such as injectible fillers or you may consider a facelift.

A facelift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face. The surgeon repositions and tightens underlying muscle and tissue. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with fine sutures. Although the procedure will make you look 10 to 15 years younger, keep in mind that the aging process continues after surgery.

Sexy sixties
The skin is not producing as much oil, so it is important to moisturize. Look for an oil-free moisturizer with no perfumes or dyes. Conduct a skin self-exam regularly for any abnormal growths or unusual changes. See your physician if you have a spot that is not healing or continues to bleed. As your skin becomes more lax, you may notice increased jowls and excess folds of skin. Your facial plastic surgeon may recommend a necklift to redefine the jawline and neck area. Additionally, cheek implants can restore fullness to the cheek area.

Superb seventies
You may notice that your skin color is lighter due to decreased circulation. You may also start to see brown spots or rough spots. These can be treated with a topical solution or laser resurfacing. Brusing is more common in this decade because your skin is thinner. Your doctor may recommend a vitamin K cream. If you have any new skin conditions that appeare. g., rash, redness, raised bumps-be sure to show your doctor; some skin conditions may be related to medications you are taking and should be adjusted. Beauty is apparent at every age. Embrace your decade and seize ways to enhance your appearance in every way you feel comfortable.