In previous posts, I discussed beauty maintenance tips for patients in their thirties and in their forties. Why were those tips while these are secrets? Well, because when we’re talking beauty maintenance for 50-somethings, we are going to have to discuss more aggressive treatments and procedures – things that people may want to keep secret!
Extrinsic factors are the leading cause of age related facial changes for people in their thirties and forties – lots of sun exposure, tanning, and smoking all artificially speed up the aging process. Fifty-somethings have a lot more mileage than younger clients, even if they have managed to avoid these aging accelerants. If you’re prepared to lean in, here are my beauty secrets for fifty-somethings.
I’m going to digress a bit here, but consider this a public service announcement. Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol are really common! Beauty is generally thought of as being a sign of overall good health. If you ignore these diseases that often appear in your fifties, it will set you up for a lot of big picture problems in the coming decades (in addition to contributing to external signs of aging).
Skin cancer is also more commonly diagnosed in your fifties. Skin cancer on your face isn’t pretty. But a well trained facial plastic surgeon can usually hide scars so it looks like nothing was ever there. If you’ve had a mole for decades, and it’s not changing, it’s less likely to cause a problem. However, if something new pops up, particularly if it looks irregular or bleeds easily, get it checked!
An early skin cancer on the temple
Following removal and reconstruction
Ok, stepping of soapbox, now we’re on to the fun stuff!
If you’ve been following the blog, I don’t need to tell you the importance of taking care of your skin. Retinol and sun screen are the foundations of a good skin care regimen. If you begin taking care of your skin in your thirties and forties, you’ll be ahead of the game when you hit 50. But don’t be discouraged – it’s never too late to start!
Botox® is a great way to prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming, but if you have some permament lines in your fifties, all is not lost! It can also help keep the line from getting deeper and can often improve the heaviness you’re starting to notice around your eyes as your brows start to settle. For more on Botox®, check out my videos!
After Botox! Notice the subtle improvement in the heaviness around her eyes!
Fillers are great for improving the appearance of deeper lines, particularly around your mouth and underneath your eyes. For more superficial lines, chemical peels and laser treatments are good options. For a video of lip enhancement with filler, check out my videos!
Skin care and injectables will only do so much to disguise the aging process. Our tissues will eventually stretch and sag past what even an aggressive laser treatment can fix.
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is an easy way to improve your appearance in a way that can be really subtle. As we’ve discussed before, your eyelids show the years before other parts of the face and are a popular initial target for people interested in a permanent, more powerful fix.
3 months after upper and lower blepharoplasty
A face lift performed in your fifties sets the stage for a better neck and jawline in the coming decades. By tightening the underlying tissues before they get really stretched out, you’re starting from a more solid foundation than your friends who stuck to less invasive treatments.
6 weeks after a lower face and neck lift
For many of us, our fifties are now the prime of our personal and professional lives. We’re living a lot longer and a lot better than we used to. Beauty maintenance in your fifties is just as important as it was earlier in life. Let me know when you’re ready to talk!