People get cosmetic surgery for many reasons. Some of the most common? That’d be to lose weight (or tighten skin after weight loss), to boost self-confidence or to fight the signs of aging. As a longtime plastic surgeon in San Antonio, I can tell you the latter is probably the most popular reason of all. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers a variety of effective solutions for those who fall into this camp.
You see, surgery can correct wrinkles, tighten and tauten skin and give you a more youthful, vibrant look overall. Though it can’t technically “reverse” aging, it can deliver a look that takes you back years—maybe even decades. If you want to delay aging or fight off the signs of your years, here are a few procedures that can help:
- Face-lift—Your face is what people look at most, and if it’s covered in wrinkles and fine lines, you’re going to look old—no matter what age you are. A face-lift can help tighten up skin on your forehead, cheeks, jowls and other sagging areas, and smooth out all those unwanted lines.
- Neck lift—As we age, the skin on our neck begins to sag, giving us what many call a “turkey neck.” This can add years to your age and be a detriment to self-confidence. Fortunately, a neck lift can remove excess skin in this area and give you a tighter, more youthful neckline overall. Neck lifts are especially effective when combined with face-lifts.
- Blepharoplasty—One of the most common complaints of older adults is those sagging, under-eye circles. They puff out, droop and make you look like you haven’t slept in years, and they can add decades to your face even if the rest of your body is toned. With a blepharoplasty (or upper and lower eyelid surgery), a surgeon will remove extra skin and fat in the upper eyelid and under-eye areas and smooth them out. This can also be combined with a full face-lift for optimal results.