March 4th, 2023
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD
From facials that correct signs of aging to body contouring techniques that give you your ideal figure, Toronto Plastic Surgeons will be discussing the most common procedures women over 50 pursue to achieve radiant, younger-looking skin and a toned, firm physique.
What Happens to Our Skin When We Enter our 50s?
During aging, women experience reduced estrogen levels, which means reduced collagen production and oils. Menopause occurs during the early to mid-50s, which can push these imbalances to cause signs of aging on the face and body. Without regular collagen production, it’s more likely that wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots will begin to appear.
No matter your age, you should moisturize regularly, wash your face, and avoid direct sunlight without wearing SPF – but you cannot prevent the effects time has on our skin. Environment, genetic, and hormonal factors all age our skin. Still, fortunately, there are many procedures and treatments available to rejuvenate and refresh even the most severe skin concerns.
Popular Surgical Procedures for Women Over 50
Whether you want to address sagging skin, fine lines, loss of volume, or contour your body to get back to your dream figure, Toronto Plastic Surgeons offers many procedures that will turn back the clock and make you look youthful and refreshed.
A facelift procedure can refer to a number of different procedures designed to change the appearance of the lower face–including the cheeks, jowls, and neck. Typically, incisions are placed in front of and behind the ear. We also offer men’s facelift procedures so everyone can have youthful, firm skin.
People choose facelift surgery in order to achieve a smoother, more youthful, lifted facial appearance. Ultimately, a facelift can be a truly effective way to counter the effects of aging, gravity and sun exposure, which can leave your face looking older than you actually feel.
We offer several different brow and forehead lift techniques. The technique we choose together will depend on your age, facial structure, current eyebrow position, and what we determine is possible to achieve.
Open Brow Lift
During an open brow lift, we make an incision across the forehead, either along the hairline or skin creases. Muscles are softened, and excess fat removed. The remaining skin is pulled down, and the brow is stitched into its new position.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscope is a narrow, hollow instrument with a fibre optic light source and camera. We make tiny incisions on the forehead to apply the endoscope, insert operating tools through the tube, and see inside with the camera. The endoscopic lift is considered a safer option, with lower risks of infection, scarring, numbness and hair loss.
A hybrid of the open brow lift and the endoscopic brow lift, the limited incision approach is a non-endoscopic technique requiring limited incisions—particularly great for reducing forehead wrinkles or frown lines between your eyebrows. Any scars are well hidden along the hairline.
Blepharoplasty, or ‘eyelid reduction’ or ‘eye bag removal,’ is a common cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rectify the signs of aging around the eyes. The skin surrounding our eyes loses elasticity as we age, causing the upper and lower eyelids to sag. This loose skin can lead to unsightly eye bags and vision-obscuring drooping eyelids.
The blepharoplasty procedure trims away loose skin and tightens the muscles around the eye area, leaving you with a refreshed, youthful appearance and no more interference in your line of vision. This short and effective procedure can reverse unwanted eye bags and fix puffy, saggy, or droopy-looking eyes with very little downtime.
A tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat to tighten the appearance of the front abdomen. The procedure can also restore muscles that have been weakened or separated, creating a firmer profile.
No matter how often you train or how many sit-ups you do, extra skin over the abdomen won’t tighten on its own. For those who have lost a significant amount of weight or gone through pregnancy, stretched skin can be a problem.
The tummy tuck will remove all excess skin and stretch marks in the area to leave patients with a smooth, tight exterior that matches the reduced body mass. If you’re a man interested in this procedure, TPS offers men’s tummy tuck treatments.
Popular Non-Surgical Procedures for Women Over 50
If you’re not ready to go under the knife just yet, or you don’t have severe concerns to address, the non-surgical route can boast many technologically advanced, non-invasive treatments that give you glowing skin.
A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the skin’s overall texture. These peels use a chemical solution applied to the skin that gently removes the skin’s outermost layer, revealing more youthful skin with fewer imperfections and fine lines, more even texture and tone, and minimized scarring and pitting.
Chemical peeling may also stimulate the production of collagen, which also improves the skin’s overall appearance. There are two main types of deep chemical peels: a glycolic peel and a salicylic acid peel.
A glycolic peel uses a highly concentrated glycolic acid solution to remove the outermost layer of skin. Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliant that helps minimize imperfections, improve the skin’s overall appearance, and rejuvenate the look of the skin by gently removing the skin’s first layer, revealing more evenly toned layers beneath.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Salicylic acid is a type of peel which uses beta-hydroxy acid that acts as an exfoliant. The salicylic acid works to slough off the outermost layer of skin, eliminating imperfections and revealing smoother, more youthful skin.
Dermal fillers are a type of non-surgical injection that can treat a myriad of concerns and improve the look of different facial features. Dermal fillers can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, restore volume in your face, plump your lips, and even reduce asymmetry in the nose. These injections are made just under the skin, and several kinds of dermal fillers exist.
Dermal Filler treatments offered by Toronto Plastic Surgeons include Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse, Teosyal, Volumalift, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
Fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of the body and redistributing it to other areas. This procedure is often used to perform Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) but can also add volume to the face to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles without using filler. You can also graft fat to the chin in replacement of a chin implant or the breasts for natural augmentation. Fat grafting has minimal downtime, takes around 45 minutes to perform, and you can return to work the next day.
Microneedling involves a small reciprocating micro-needle pen that makes small punctures on the skin, causing the body to create new collagen and elastin fibres as part of the healing process. The excess collagen and elastin cause the skin to plump and thicken, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars.
Contact Toronto Plastic Surgeons
As you can see, the advancements of modern medicine are truly remarkable and the body care treatments available to mature women just keep increasing. From improving the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin to giving you a sculpted silhouette and smaller waistline, Toronto Plastic Surgeons offers all types of cosmetic surgeries suitable for women over 50 who want to stay beautiful! Request a consultation today!