Michelle Pfeiffer and Brooke Shields, two of the most gorgeous celebs in Hollywood, are now in their fifties, and Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Cameron Diaz have all entered their forties. They are proof that we can look fantastic as we age. But while they will all tout diet, exercise, and all sorts of nutritional supplements and unusual beauty routines as their secret to staying young and vibrant looking, you can be sure they have also had some help from cosmetic medical procedures.
Once 40 hits, BOTOX® becomes popular among our Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, and greater Toronto patients, which puts it at the top of our list of common choices patients make. Here’s the full list:
- Muscle-Relaxing Injectable Treatments. This is the age when frown and smile lines really become more noticeable. As we enter the perimenopausal time period, hormonal changes have a significant impact on our skin. Fragile skin that has lost collagen and elastin can’t fight off the effects of repeated folding by muscles underneath the skin, and furrows that make us look bad tempered and grouchy appear despite moisturizers and facials. This is the time when our clients come complaining they look tired. Products like BOTOX and Dysport® can help smooth deep lines, and restore a more youthful sheen to faces that are starting to look fatigued. The forties are the time to start getting these injections regularly to help prevent these lines from getting deeper and more firmly etched in our complexion over the coming decades. It’s important to recognize that waiting too long to start BOTOX or Dysport injections can have repercussions. Once lines are too deep, these muscle relaxing medications will be unable to sufficiently soften them.
- Injectable Fillers. Volume loss really kicks in at this point. Flatter cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, and hollows in the nasolabial lines and marionette lines start to form in earnest at this age. Restoring a fuller contour to cheeks and softening nasolabial and marionette lines with hyaluronic acid-based fillers like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® can make a huge difference in our appearance. While we can also benefit from small amounts of filler in lips as well, the focus in these years is more on restoring the oval egg shape to the facial contour. A little width to the cheek, and filler in the lower face to soften puppet lines and turn the corners of the mouth up may be all that is required to make us look a little fresher and more rested.
- Mommy Makeovers. Our forties and fifties are the time when the majority of body contouring procedures are done. Women who are finished with child rearing finally have time to take stock, and do some things for themselves. Some of us have been diligent about exercising regularly, but unfortunately have to accept that exercise alone isn’t able to restore a pre-baby figure. For others, this is the time we finally return to fitness and good diet, but as we drop the pounds we are faced with loose tummies and sagging bust lines. A “Mommy Makeover” at our Toronto practice is a term used for combination surgical procedures, and in truth it can apply to those who don’t have kids but have sustained significant fluctuations in weight. These combination procedures can take many forms. They often include Liposuction, but can also involve Tummy tuck, and various breast surgeries including breast reduction, breast Lift, or breast augmentation. Sometimes Mommy Makeover procedures include arm or thigh lifts, or liposuction in the arms, thighs, or buttocks. The reason they are popular is that with only one surgery, one anesthetic and one recovery, it’s possible to address multiple concerns, and in so doing save some cost. In a healthy individual, and in the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Weinberg, these can be a safe and economical alternative to multiple procedures.
- Liposuction, Tummy Tuck and Breast Surgeries. In addition to Mommy Makeover, the forties and fifties are also the peak time for body contouring procedures and breast surgeries done on their own. Many men of this age finally have the time and means to improve their physique. Liposuction is often an easy, fast, and safe way to eliminate fat deposits under the chin and over the abdomen and love handles, arms or thighs. With the introduction of BELKYRA™, patients now also have a nonsurgical option to treat double chin fat, which according to the literature and experience in the United States is likely to be most popular among men who tend to be more conservative and less enthused about surgery.
Of course, the need for good skin care and in clinic complexion boosters like IPL, chemical peels, and lasers remains a constant at all ages. These treatments complement the effects of injectable treatments and can help reduce the need for injectables over time.
If you have questions regarding injectable treatments, Mommy Makeovers, liposuction, tummy tuck, or breast enhancement surgery, contact us at (905) 273-3045 to book an in-depth consultation with Dr. Weinberg.