Considering plastic surgery? You'll be happy to know that whether you're 20, 40 or 80, age is not a determining factor. But instead, doctors evaluate how healthy your body is, and if undergoing surgery will in any way become problematic based on those results.
Though you should be aware of your current health status, the plastic surgeon will most likely request a physical to confirm your eligibility and rule out any potential problems down the road.
Withholding any important information regarding your heath is harmful — be upfront with your medical professional about any lingering concerns.
Sarah Eggenberger of NewBeauty joined TODAY Monday to discuss what procedures are best targeted for every age.
In Your 30s:
- As you transition from 20s to 30s, prevention is KEY! It's crucial to start thinking about what you can do to avoid developing lines, wrinkles or crow's feet.
- Focusing on anti-aging routines can delay the need for surgery. Small procedures are encouraged at this age, and as always, apply sunscreen regularly to preserve the skin.
- Lines and wrinkles become most noticeable around the eyes, moth and forehead.
- Just getting started? Try Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or fillers to prevent lines.
- If you're struggling with heavy under-eye bags, NewBeauty recommends blepharoplasty. It's a quick procedure with little time needed for recovery. It costs roughly $1500-$3500 and ranges from 1-3 hours.
In Your 40s:
- Aging becomes apparent in this stage of your life — sun damage is more pronounced and the after-effects of having children start to take a toll on your body.
- As your face begins to lose fat, dry spots may appear, as well as wrinkles that come as a result of summer days in the sun.
- Nasolabial folds (those lines from your nose to your mouth) become deeper and alter the shape of your face — changing it from round to square. For these, injectables make all the difference — they take fat from where you don't want it via liposuction and puts it where it is deficient, according to NewBeauty. Injectables can cost anywhere from $1,500-$3,500, take 1-3 hours with 5/14 days of recovery.
- Cellulite also worsens — estrogen levels decrease and fat builds in areas naturally most affected by cellulite. Although there's no permanent remedy for cellulite, NewBeauty recommends massage techniques, heat to stimulate collagen (Accent) and Cellulaze, a surgery performed to reduce the bands. Cellulaze is rougly $5,000-$7,000, takes about 1-2 hours with 1-2 days for recovery.
In Your 50s and 60s:
- You may be experiencing some saggy skin — most notably in the neck and facial area. Fillers, injectables and other noninvasive treatments are not the way to go, though. Surgically removing it (with a facelift) is the only option.
- Facelifts are said to make you look 10 years younger — According to NewBeauty, it helps to restore the natural curvature of the face, while also making it appear firmer. It comes at a hefty cost —they range from $4,000-$25,000, take 3-6 hours with 10-14 days of recovery.
- Loose skin in the neck area can be easily removed with a necklift. It can also be pretty pricey — between $3,500-$10,000 for 1-3 hours with 7-14 days of recovery.
With any surgery, it's important to be aware of possible risks, as mishaps are bound to happen at any moment's notice. NewBeauty says that a patient's health situation and medical history put them at a much higher risk than their growing age.
Some things to look out for:
- A preexisting infection can act as a catalyst for deformities.
- An allergy to anesthesia can spur respiratory depression.
- Weight that teeters the line of being unhealthy can increase time needed for healing and recovery.
- Have sleep apnea? Be weary of risks associated with respiratory arrest.