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5 Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Your 50s & Beyond

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When it comes to the best plastic surgery options over 50, the focus is often about lifting and tightening loose skin and addressing wrinkles. Multiple areas of the body may benefit from the removal of sagging skin such as the eyelids or the abdomen via a tummy tuck procedure. Here are some recommendations for the best plastic surgery options for those over 50.


As long as you are healthy with realistic expectations and goals, you may be a candidate for a facelift at any age.

Facelifts are common among men and women over 50. Fine lines and wrinkles are probably the first signs of aging that we tend to notice. Our skin loses its elasticity and volume when fibers break down and we are left with loose and sagging skin, which may be able to be helped by a facelift procedure. Some people are genetically predisposed to early aging and choose to have a facelift as early as their 40s while others decide to wait until after 65 when sagging skin and wrinkles are typically more noticeable.

Eyelid Surgery

The natural effects of aging can take their toll on our faces and leave us looking aged and tired. Eyelid surgery is another one of the top plastic surgery options for people over 50 as it can help with many cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles, puffiness and drooping skin. As we age, the skin of the upper eyelid will begin to naturally droop, though some people experience extreme loss of elasticity that gets in the way of their sight.

Just how much elasticity your skin will lose as you age will largely depend on your genetics as well as your lifestyle habits. Eating healthy, drinking lots of water, not smoking and staying out of the sun as much as possible will certainly help keep your skin looking its best, but an eyelift can help rejuvenate your appearance with noticeable results.

Breast Enhancement with a Lift

If you are unhappy with the size or the weight of your breasts, it may be worth considering having breast enhancement surgery. Gravity, weight fluctuations and child rearing can affect the size and position of a woman’s breasts. Whether you opt to increase your breast size with breast augmentation or reduce them with a breast reduction, it may be beneficial to add a breast lift. This is because adding breast implants or removing fat and/or tissue from the breasts will not improve any sagging or placement issues of the breasts. Including a breast lift along with your breast enhancement may be a great way to restore the appearance of your breasts.

Tummy Tuck

The abdominal region is a common trouble zone for men and especially women over 50. Abdominal skin and the surrounding muscles stretch during pregnancy as well as weight gain or loss and can result in stretched skin as well as weakened or separated stomach muscles after childbirth. During a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin around the stomach area are addressed as your abdominal muscles are tightened and restored. Many surgeons use a combination of skin tightening, liposuction and muscle tightening for the best results.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Want some improvement but not ready for a surgical procedure? You may be interested in a minimally invasive procedure. A treatment like this can address concerns such as:

  • Skin laxity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Sun and age spots
  • Dull skin tone or texture.

Photofacials use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to stimulate the growth of new collagen and will improve the tone and texture of your skin as well as removing sun damage and spider veins. There’s no down time and results appear over a few days to a few weeks.

Microneedling also known as Skin-Pen works by making microscopic perforations or micro-injuries deep within the layers of the skin. This triggers collagen production and may lead to a tighter, smoother appearance. Adding Platelet-Rich Plasma to the treatment enhances the results.

TruSculpt is a non-invasive treatment that uses heat to melt fat in problem areas and tighten the overlying skin. The damaged fat cells are broken down by your body over a few weeks. There’s no down time and you can return to your normal activities right away.

5 Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Your 50s & Beyond
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