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Am I Too Old For Plastic Surgery?

Posted February 23, 2024 in Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Candidacy

Are you over 50 and wondering if you’re too old for plastic surgery? If you’re in overall good health, you’re probably a great candidate for aesthetic procedures. In fact, 44% of plastic surgeries performed in 2022 were for people 51 and older. This blog discusses a few of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among people over 50.

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You may have heard the saying, “What should women after age 50 never wear?” The answer? “The weight of other people’s expectations.” This is never more true than when it comes to considering plastic surgery—for both women and men. Considering your overall health, there is no reason why you shouldn’t look and feel your best at every age. In fact, 44% of plastic surgeries performed in 2022 were for people 51 and older. This blog discusses a few of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among people over 50. 

Liposuction: A Popular Body Procedure For Adults Over 50

As far as popularity, liposuction was the big winner in 2022. Over 400,000 people chose to contour their bodies via liposuction, an 85% jump over the number of liposuction procedures performed in 2019. One reason liposuction may be so popular is that it is entirely customizable. Innovations in liposuction technologies now allow you to contour every area of your body from your neck to your ankles and, in some cases, even tighten skin while eliminating fat. There are different types of liposuction available, and at Careaga Plastic Surgery, we offer the following:

Tumescent Liposuction

Commonly referred to as “traditional” or “standard” liposuction, tumescent liposuction is the most popular form of liposuction today. Your surgeon injects a saline solution into the targeted area during your procedure. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through small incisions into the area and moved gently back and forth to loosen and suction out the excess fat cells. 

Energy-assisted Liposuction with Renuvion® 

Renuvion® combines both radiofrequency energy (RF) and helium plasma for impressive results. The liposuction process removes the fat, while RF energy heats the targeted tissues and helps produce tighter and smoother skin. Renuvion® even promotes the production of new collagen, ensuring long-lasting improvement.

The above types of liposuction are safe for use on all body parts, but the method will be determined according to your unique body composition and desired results.  

Breast Reduction: A Popular Breast Procedure For Adults Over 50

While breast augmentation remains the most-requested breast procedure, breast reduction surgery has surged in popularity. Breast reduction (mastopexy) procedures increased by 54% between 2019 and 2022, and there are several possible reasons for the jump in numbers. The pandemic and resulting changes in priorities and expectations may have influenced women to focus more on their comfort and mental health instead of adhering to societal trends. Additionally, there often comes a time in a woman’s life when dealing with chronic back and neck pain from large breasts becomes a non-starter. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate those issues and even give you a younger, more perky-looking chest contour.  

Breast Reduction Surgery

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, we perform two types of breast reduction surgery. The most common is surgical breast reduction, which targets excess breast tissue. Small incisions are made under the fold of the breast and around your areola, and the necessary amount of breast tissue is removed. Your surgeon will then reposition your nipple higher on your newly smaller breast, giving you a more youthful and proportional appearance.  

Large breasts are sometimes due to excess fat, not breast tissue. If this is the case, breast reduction using liposuction may be the answer for you. The only way to know which procedure will give you the results you desire is to visit Careaga Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Whatever you choose, breast reduction surgery can change how you feel about yourself, from making it easier to find well-fitting clothes to making exercise and other physical activities more enjoyable. 

Facelift Surgery: A Popular Facial Procedure For Adults Over 50

It’s been said that “The face is the mirror of the mind.” While this may be true, in many cases, your face may look older than your mind feels. Maybe you’ve spent money and time on skincare, injectable treatments, and other non-surgical skin rejuvenation. All of these are excellent ways to fend off aging. However, there comes a point when only a facelift will give you the results you want. 

Facelift Surgery

Many factors contribute to facial aging, from genetics to lifestyle to environment. Over time, the skin on your face begins to show the effects of these and other issues that etch deep creases and wrinkles onto your skin and cause your skin to sag and droop. A facelift (rhytidectomy) targets signs of aging on the lower two–thirds of your face, helping elevate the muscles and tissue back to a more youthful contour.  

Facelift surgery involves trimming away excess skin on your face and neck, tightening lax muscles, and repositioning fat. When performed by the skilled and experienced surgeons at Careaga Plastic Surgery, the results of your facelift look beautiful and natural. Wrinkles are smoothed away, jowls are eliminated, and your face and neck look younger—but not overdone. 

Learn More About Careaga Plastic Surgery in Miami and Coral Gables

No matter your age, you deserve to feel good about your appearance. That’s why Dr. Careaga and Dr. Durand offer a wide array of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Their goal is to ensure that every patient leaves their care with the stunning results they desire. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (305) 574-9262 or complete the online contact form.


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