Stay­ing for­ever young

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HEALTH -

THE baby boomers have done it again. First, they rev­o­lu­tionised the di­a­per in­dus­try when they were born en masse from 1946 to 1964, and now they are giv­ing the age­ing process a facelift. Baby boomers don’t feel old, they don’t act old and they refuse to look old!

You’ve prob­a­bly heard the catch phrase “50 is the new 30” by now. By and large, you can thank the boomers for push­ing this anti-age­ing agenda for­ward.

It’s catch­ing on, too. A new sur­vey of 500 women aged be­tween 45 and 60 by The Amer­i­can Academy of Fa­cial Plas­tic and Re­con­struc­tive Surgery (AAFPRS) found that on av­er­age, 69% of them re­ported feel­ing at least six years younger than their chrono­log­i­cal age.

That said, 70% of women stated that a big birth­day did af­fect how they feel about their looks.

Twenty-four per­cent were most con­cerned with look­ing their real age, with sag­ging cheeks or eye bags (39%), fine lines and wrin­kles (33%) and the dreaded “turkey neck” effect (28%) top­ping their list of con­cerns, the sur­vey showed.

Re­spon­dents are not above a lit­tle nip here or tuck there to slow down the vis­i­ble signs of age­ing on their faces.

In fact, 72% of the women sur­veyed have tried skin peels, while 50% have had in­jec­tions of neu­ro­tox­ins or fillers, and 15% have had cos­metic fa­cial surgery.

The find­ings are no sur­prise to Ed­win F. Wil­liams, III, M.D., F.A.C.S., a fa­cial plas­tic surgery in Latham, NY.

“Women in their fifties are con­fi­dent, but they are also very com­fort­able in tak­ing steps to­ward al­low­ing them to look as young as they feel,” he says

Michael Per­sky, MD, fa­cial plas­tic sur­geon in En­cino, Cal­i­for­nia says that “50 is the new 30” may be a slight ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

“Maybe 50 is the new 39 is more ac­cu­rate,” he says. “Still, many women (and men) in their 40s and 50s are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the ad­vances in fa­cial plas­tic surgery to look as young on the out­side as they feel on the in­side,” he says.

Fa­cial plas­tic surgery is not only less in­va­sive, but it also pro­vides nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults.

“Today’s pa­tients de­sire to look their best in a nat­u­ral man­ner,” he says.

“The most min­i­mal treat­ment with Bo­tox can make a few wrin­kles dis­ap­pear, re­sult­ing in pa­tients feel­ing bet­ter about them­selves, hav­ing in­creased self-es­teem and con­fi­dence.“

Other pop­u­lar non-sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures among this age-de­fy­ing group in­clude Ulther­apy to tighten and tone turkey necks and droop­ing brows, EvolastinTM(ePrime) to lift and res­tore vol­ume to sag­ging lower faces, and in­jec­tions of Sculp­tra Aes­thetic to smooth out mar­i­onette lines and chin wrin­kles with re­sults that can last up to two years.

If you are con­sid­er­ing fa­cial plas­tic surgery, make sure you choose a qual­i­fied sur­geon. –

Fa­cial plas­tic surgery is less in­va­sive and pro­vides nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults.

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