If you think you’re too young for wrinkles, think again. Teenagers might not have to worry about aging, but it can creep up faster than you’d think. With all the different factors that can affect our skin, it’s no wonder that many people are noticing signs of aging earlier in life. Stress, pollution, diet, sun exposure–our skin goes through a lot to protect us, and it takes a toll. People in their thirties often start to see the first signs of aging in their forehead or eye areas. Even people in their twenties can have the beginnings of dynamic wrinkles! So what can you do about it? Sometimes, a forehead lift or blepharoplasty can be a great way to slow down the aging clock and keep you looking as young as you are.
Early Signs of Aging
When we’re young, our skin produces a lot of collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that provides our skin with its structure and firmness, and it’s an important component in wound healing. As we age, our natural levels of collagen drop and so does new collagen production. This causes the skin to wrinkle, sag, and develop folds. That, combined with volume loss, gravity, and repetitive facial movements like smiling or frowning, causes most of the signs of aging we see in the face.
Everyone is different when it comes to aging. People age at different rates due to a number of factors like genetics and lifestyle. However, most people notice the first signs of aging in the same places: the eyes and the forehead. Dark circles and “bags” under the eyes, dynamic wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes (crows’ feet), and sagging forehead or upper eyelid tissue are all common early signs of aging. The good news is that when these issues are still minor, they are much easier to improve with cosmetic surgery or treatments.
Best Cosmetic Surgeries for Younger Patients
Most people associate plastic surgery with older patients. That’s not too surprising–after all, that’s when most people really start worrying about the signs of aging. But more and more younger patients are realizing that getting less-invasive procedures earlier can help slow down aging. Instead of needing a facelift in 20 years that might need several weeks of recovery time, a couple of minor procedures can sometimes help people delay more severe signs of aging and the need for more invasive surgeries.
Two of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for younger patients are a forehead lift or blepharoplasty. The forehead lift does exactly what the name implies: it elevates the brow to a more youthful and position. This often helps patients not only look younger but also more awake and alert. This surgery is most often performed endoscopically, allowing for shorter incisions while a small camera provides visibility to the surgeon.
A blepharoplasty focuses on the eyelids, reshaping and lifting the tissues to resolve “hooding” or drooping and undereye bags. These procedures are simple and relatively minor, allowing patients to get back to their normal routines quickly. Patients typically look younger and more refreshed but very natural after these procedures.
Forehead Lift or Blepharoplasty?
If you’re worried about early signs of aging, then you might be wondering which procedure is the best option for you. In some cases, it’s pretty obvious. Eye bags or a heavy brow indicate whether a forehead lift or a blepharoplasty will be the most appropriate. In other cases, though, it’s not so clear. Sometimes, drooping over the upper eyelids is a problem with sagging in the forehead, not the eyelids. If you don’t know which procedure you need to get the results you want, don’t worry. A plastic surgeon can evaluate you and help you make an informed decision.
Sometimes, the best course of action is to choose a combination procedure. That might mean two different surgical procedures, or it might mean surgery combined with a minimally-invasive treatment like Botox. Since each person has different goals and different aging patterns, combination procedures are perfect for customizing the end result. Patients are often happier when they combine treatments because they can get the look that they want.
Get a Custom Treatment Plan
It’s never too early to start fighting off aging. Even if you haven’t noticed sagging skin or wrinkles yet, maintenance treatments like chemical peels or laser treatments can help keep the skin looking youthful and slow down the aging process. Getting to know an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon before you need a full facelift can reduce the number of invasive procedures you need. A skilled plastic surgeon can help you develop a custom treatment plan that can be modified over time.
If you’d like to get advice on staying young and vibrant, Dr. Edward Buckingham has the answers. Dr. Buckingham is a renowned, board-certified facial plastic surgeon who emphasizes minimally-invasive treatments and natural results. He offers gentle surgical techniques like the endoscopic forehead lift to minimize downtime and discomfort while maximizing results. To learn more and discuss a custom treatment plan with Dr. Buckingham, call Buckingham Center in Austin, TX at 512.401.2500 today to schedule a consultation.