As you age, your appearance can change drastically. Because you have less collagen (a protein in your skin), your skin doesn’t bounce back as it once did, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. You may gain weight in places you never have before, such as your abdomen. You may also develop wrinkles or age spots as a result of years of sun damage.
But if you want to keep your youthful appearance, reduce wrinkles and get rid of sagging skin, plastic surgery can help. All of these plastic surgery procedures can help you retain a youthful appearance.
A facelift works in a couple of different ways to take years off of your appearance. First, your surgeon will remove sagging skin, often around your jawline. Next, they will reposition tissues beneath your skin to give your face more youthful contours. They may take tissue that have sagged lower in your cheek and place it back over your cheek bone, for instance. They will also tighten skin so it sits more smoothly over your face. All of these changes take an average of 7 to 10 years off of your appearance.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
Many people experience sagging eyelids as they age. It can even begin to affect and block your vision. But an eyelid lift helps restore your eyelids to how they were when you were younger. Though it seems subtle, this is actually a great procedure to help you look more awake and energetic.
A necklift, like a facelift, removes excess, sagging skin and tightens up tissues. It focuses on skin on your jaw and neck, where many people can develop very loose, waddling skin. This procedure helps restore a smooth, youthful neck as well as a defined jawline. Your surgeon can also remove excess fat, helping your neck look slimmer.
It’s not just your face that can begin to look older. Your body contours can begin to show signs of aging, too. Breasts in particular can begin to sag, especially if you have been pregnant or gained or lost a lot of weight. During a breast lift, your surgeon can remove excess fat and skin. They will shift your existing breast tissues higher on your chest wall and tighten skin to help it stay in place. This gives your body younger, leaner contours and can also balance your figure.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
You might not immediately think of a tummy tuck as an anti-aging procedure. But as you age, you may be more likely to gain fat in your abdomen instead of your hips and thighs. This can make your clothes fit oddly and change your figure to make you appear older. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen. You’ll be left with a smoother, leaner belly that makes your figure look like that of a younger person.
At Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, we offer all of these procedures and more to help you retain your youthful appearance as you age. We offer personalized consultations, helping you decide which procedures are right for you. Contact us today at (757)496-5556 for your plastic surgery consultation.