Is your plastic surgeon becoming your BFF?
Tip-plasty: At the risk of getting a little too personal, have you noticed your nose looking droopy? This is a problem solved by Barry Weintraub, a plastic surgeon and ASAPS member who specializes in procedures for women who are older than 50. Weintraub tells AARP, “I’m seeing an increase in patients who had nose jobs elsewhere in their youth. With age, they have started to experience nose-tip issues: too droopy, too bulbous, or downturned when smiling.” Your ears and your nose never stop growing, so even if you’ve never had rhinoplasty, you might want to consider “tip-plasty” in your 50s or 60s.
Eye lift: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), an eye lift is one of the most frequently requested surgical gifts. Alternatives include dark glasses and smoky eye makeup, but the latter does not sit too well on crinkled lids. Weintraub cautions, “Achieving a natural-looking result at 50 is important.” Taking too much skin and fat away from the upper lids at 50 can give you that dreaded ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ look or even make you look older.
Breast augmentation: This procedure used to be a coming of age ritual for women in their 20s and 30s but now, working women in their 50s and 60s are taking the plunge (in neckline) and upping the ante by enhancing and lifting sagging breasts.
Botox: Everybody’s getting in on the act, including 50+ attorneys, accountants, ad executives and even professors. Botox can rejuvenate your facial expression by banishing angry-looking “11s” between your eyes, turning up the corners of your mouth and smoothing the platysmal bands in your neck.
Filler: This works especially well in the deep nasolabial folds, which run from the edges of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and the “marionette lines” that run from mouth to chin. “The trick is to layer several fillers to achieve a natural-looking, long-lasting result,” says Weintraub.
If you give the gift of plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure, make sure your loved one goes to a provider who is board-certified in an appropriate specialty.