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Facial Plastic Surgery for Ageing Skin

by | May 17, 2019 | Blog

People around the globe have never been more loud and proud about their enthusiasm for rejuvenating procedures to improve facial ageing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported a 28% spike in cosmetic procedures for people over the age of 55 between 2010 and 2018. Patients over the age of 55 accounted for

  • 65% of all facelifts
  • 62% of all hair transplants
  • 56% of forehead lifts

“Improvements in the way we perform facelift surgery makes it easier than ever for older patients to look as young as they feel,” says Dr Marcells, referring to the revolutionary deep plane technique for facial rejuvenation. “It’s especially gratifying for me to give fit older folks a toned face to match their toned bodies.”

Deep Plane Facelift for Lasting Results

Older people are just as dissatisfied with slackened jowls, jiggly underarms and saggy eyelids as their younger counterparts. “I was looking at myself in the mirror and didn’t like what I was starting to see, and I did something about it,” a nearly 80-year-old senior told The New York Times. “Why not look as good as you can when you can?” he asked.

For men and women who want a comprehensive and long-lasting solution to visible signs of facial ageing, Dr Marcells recommends a deep plane facelift or more targeted surgeries including

  • Brow Lift Surgery – to lift eyebrows and reduce hooding over the eyes
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle from upper and lower eyelids, and to erase unsightly lines and correct droopy eyelids

Options for Rejuvenation Seniors Should Know

“Not all seniors want or even need the restorative power of a full facelift, of course,” notes Dr Marcells. “In many instances non-surgical treatments for an ageing face can effectively restore a more youthful appearance.”

At our practice, patients can choose minimally invasive solutions such as:

  • Volume Augmentation
  • Wrinkle Treatments
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Micro Peels
  • Photo Rejuvenation
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Skin Care Products

Safety First with Oldies

The increase in facial plastic surgeries for people over 55 has raised concerns about safety. Happily a report published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in June found that the hazards to people over age 65 are no greater than they are to younger patients. This research was supported by findings at The Cleveland Clinic where study authors concluded complication rates related to facial plastic surgery were not statistically different when compared with those of a younger control group.

“The authors’ findings suggest that chronologic age alone is not an independent risk factor for facial plastic surgery,” reports Dr Marcells. “As we learn more through additional research, I hope we will be able to reduce risks even more.”

Special Consideration for Over 55’s

When selecting a facial plastic surgeon, over 55’s are urged to choose an individual experienced with treating older patients who understands their age-specific needs. “Limiting the patient’s time under anaesthesia and the number of procedures performed at one time are two ways the risk of complications can be reduced,” notes Dr Marcells who has helped many over 55’s face the future looking rejuvenated. He also recommends older patients spend the night in hospital, rather than having the operation done on an outpatient basis. “A hospital is best equipped to deal with any problem that may arise,” he says

Whatever your age and goals, we invite you to make our practice your first stop on the road to facial rejuvenation. Please contact us by phone or online form so we can schedule a consultation and show you before-and-after pictures of what we can achieve together.

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Meet Dr Marcells

MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
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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