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AGES OF BEAUTY: wrinkle relaxers or facial surgery?

by | Jul 31, 2012 | Blog

Every day women and men of all ages consult with me about their inherited facial features and discuss their perceptions and concerns that they may not be putting their best face forwards.

Prospective patients may also have functional issues, such as not being able to breath properly, or droopy eyelids that contribute to their feelings of tiredness or impaired vision… but by far the majority ask me how I can help them attain a more desired aesthetic outcome.

The consultation is an empowering and important first step for healthy people who recognize that there are a range options available for them to consider in their quest for beauty or a more youthful appearance.

Here is an outline of different approaches for different ages:


Prevention is better than cure and the same can apply to cosmetic treatments. Keeping wrinkles at bay with non-surgical treatments can be started in this age group. Rhinoplasty is a popular surgical procedure – addressing any breathing issues and aesthetic concerns. Wearing sunblock at any age is one of the best ways to maintain a youthful appearance.


For most people this is the decade when the signs of ageing being to appear. Upper eyelids begin to droop, pouches form in the lower lids, fine lines appear around the eyes and in the brow area, and wrinkles appear around the mouth. Minor procedures such as lip enhancement and dermal fillers for deeper folds such as the smile lines may be of benefit. Muscle relaxing treatments can help prevent worry lines and crow’s feet.


Depending on individual genetics, now is the time skin can start to sag. Crow’s feet and frown lines in the brow deepen and vertical wrinkles form around the lips. Skin starts to lose its elasticity and the underlying tissues and muscles become more lax. Facial volume also begins to diminish. Minor surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery can be performed in combination or on their own.


With more volume loss occurring and gravity taking its toll alongside further sun damage, the above procedures can be complemented with injectable and/or laser treatments. The deep plane facelift can be especially effective – adding definition to the jawline and cheekbones and providing an overall rejuvenated appearance that looks natural.


Eyelids develop marked hooding, facial skin loses elasticity and sags, wrinkles deepen, especially forehead and mouth, neck skin droops and cords form. There are many options for those seeking to restore a more youthful appearance.

In an individual consultation, I address your specific concerns and explore ways to help you put your best face forwards. Contact Us

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Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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