“When a 20 year old would like liposuction, I recommend waiting. And when a woman with a complete loss of skin elasticity makes an appointment for a facelift, I wish she had come to me sooner,” says Sonny O, MD, plastic surgeon.
Cosmetic surgery services have something to offer both women and men at any age. But, timing is everything.
“There are seasons in a life where certain procedures are ideal. Often, patients can choose non-invasive or invasive options to address aging symptoms. The advancements in non-invasive options over the past five years alone are significant.”
A custom consultation is a good way to understand your treatment options and the recommendations from your surgeon to best address your areas of concern.
Here is a guide for the best age to consider cosmetic treatments for common areas of concern.
OPTIMUM AGE: 30+
Permanent wrinkles develop in your late 30s or early 40s, so 30-35 years in age is the ideal time to begin injectables. Botox is best used only for lines that remain when the face is at rest.
PROCEDURE: Laser skin resurfacing
OPTIMUM AGE: 47+
PROCEDURE: Photo rejuvenation
OPTIMUM AGE: 35
Laser skin resurfacing requires downtime, but achieves marked results. IPL photo facials improve sun damage, skin texture and red veins. The Timeless Glow combines Botox with laser IPL for beautiful facial rejuvenation results.
OPTIMUM AGE: 40
Lifting sagging eyelids or removing eye bags can make contribute to a youthful look.
OPTIMUM AGE: 45 +
The results of a facelift are better when the skin still has good elasticity. Ideally, patients should have a facelift between the ages of 45 and 50 in order to look refreshed and not noticeably different following surgery. The Timeless Lift addresses the jaw and neck with less downtime and local anesthesia.
PROCEDURE: Lip fillers
OPTIMUM AGE: 37
This non-invasive procedure can enhance the appearance of lips that have begun to thin. Fillers are a good lip enhancement choice as early as 20s, but typically not necessary until late 30s.
PROCEDURE: Tummy tuck
OPTIMUM AGE: 35+
Tummy tucks are a good choice for women following pregnancy and not before. Men and women can achieve stomach-flattening results with a tummy tuck between the ages of 35 and 60. SculpSure laser is now available as a non-invasive alternative for the tummy and flank area.
PROCEDURE: Breast implants
OPTIMUM AGE: 25
PROCEDURE: Breast lift
OPTIMUM AGE: 40
For younger women breast implants are a good way to achieve even, fuller breasts. Implants last approximately 15 years. Surgeons should wait until after the age of 18 to enlarge breasts with implants. This is the age breasts stop developing.
A breast lift is ideal for sagging breasts that may occur when a woman reaches her 40’s. A breast lift may be conducted with or without implants as needed.
PROCEDURE: Age spots
OPTIMUM AGE: 50+
Intense Pulsed Light laser treatment is non-invasive and can reduce age spots by around 50 per cent in one treatment, and up to 80 per cent in three to four sessions.
Hips and Thighs
PROCEDURE: Liposuction or SculpSure
OPTIMUM AGE: 30-35
Liposuction is an ideal treatment options for body contouring to sculpt your body. SculpSure is a non-invasive fat elimination technique to target stubborn areas with no downtime.