In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne.
Botox® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Rhinoplasty, otoplasty and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. Botox® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure become apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the best results.
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, Botox® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance. Laser resurfacing combined with fillers to restore volume can provide an impressive rejuvenation.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas. A facelift or brow lift in conjunction with laser resurfacing can yield dramatic results. The payoff for more invasive surgery is a natural, more supple look that is virtually undetectable.
As women age, their breasts usually begin to sag or droop, and this can be exacerbated by pregnancy or nursing. A breast lift or mastopexy can provide many women with beneficial results by raising the breasts, removing excess skin, and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure restores a more youthful shape, position, and firmness. A breast lift can also reduce an enlarged areola if necessary. A breast implant may often be placed as part of this procedure to replace lost volume. Incisions are usually made around the nipple and sometimes extend down to the underside of the breast. There are several options in breast lift surgery, so Dr. Maggi will work with you in consultation to decide on the best approach to meet the desired results.
Your surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure in our own AAAASF-certified surgery center. After your breast lift is completed, bandages will be applied to the incisions, and you will be provided with a support bra you will need to wear to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be placed under the skin to drain any excess fluid that may collect after surgery. After surgery, temporary soreness at the operative site, swelling, and some bruising may occur. In most cases, you should be able return to work in a couple of days.
Who needs a breast lift?
Several things may cause the breasts to sag such as: natural aging, weight changes, pregnancy, and of course, genetics. Dr. Maggi may sometimes recommend a breast lift (Mastopexy) to correct or adjust the position of the nipples and/ or breast tissue hanging below the breast fold.
The breast lift can be done as a stand alone procedure or combined with an augmentation when a dramatic restoration of upper breast fullness is desired. The surgery that combines a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation is called Augmentation Mastopexy.
Candidates for breast lift may have:
- elongated breasts
- skin laxity
- one breast lower than the other
- oversized areolas (the darker skin around the nipple)
Women seeking a breast lift wish to regain the projection that they had in their youth. As we age, the breast skin and ligaments that hold the breast to the muscle beneath, become stretched and weak. There are a variety of breast lift techniques that are performed to tighten and lift the breast. Common terms used are: crescent lift, lollipop or vertical lift and then there is the inverted T shaped incision that is also referred to as the anchor incision.
Dr. Maggi specializes in the Breast Lift Augmentation procedure. Which option is best for the individual patient will be determined at consultation. At that time you will know if a lift is necessary, what technique is necessary, and you will have a clear understanding of risks, recovery and expectations. The Mastopexy, or breast lift procedure, whether combined with breast augmentation procedure or alone, is performed in our private surgery center under general anesthesia in an out patient setting.
The Balance Procedure is a procedure that is similar in many regards to a breast lift augmentation. This technique lifts the breast to create an enhanced shape and the incision sites can be similar to the breast lift. The Balance Procedure removes displaced or excessive tissue from below the fold of the breast, lifts the skin to a pleasing location and adds youthful fullness through the use of a saline or gel implants. This improves upper pole fullness and cleavage. To learn more about the Balance Procedure click here.