Many patients worry that if they do not properly care for their skin or begin to undergo minimally invasive cosmetic procedures by their 20s, 30s, or 40s, their attempts at facial rejuvenation later in life will be futile. In actuality, patients can pursue treatment options at any age – treatments that will improve skin quality, texture, tone, and overall appearance, and help reverse visible signs of aging.
Twenties – In one’s 20s, facial tissues are firm, supported and show little signs of aging. Skin has a radiant glow, cheeks are full, and lips are plump. The decade between 20 and 30 is the perfect time to practice preventive medicine and adopt a proactive approach to skin and facial health, preserving a youthful appearance for years to come. First, and perhaps most importantly, women in their 20s should maintain adequate hydration to their tissues. They should minimize their sun exposure and pursue a good skin care regimen incorporating lightening creams, retinols, and sunblock. Once a professionally approved regimen is in place, chemical peels can help improve skin clarity, texture, coloration, light wrinkles, and skin tightness. Minimally invasive procedures such as Botox can be used to smooth horizontal worry lines of the forehead, vertical frown lines of the glabella, nasal sidewall “bunny” lines, and the dimpling and creases that can occur on the chin. Fillers such as Juvederm can be used to lend soft tissue support, helping lift, shape, and define areas of the face such as the jawline or cheeks; they can also be used to enhance and augment such prominent features as one’s lips.
Thirties – For many, the 30s can represent a decade of significant life changes – a transition to greater relational, professional, and familial stability. The 30s can also bring about changes in one’s appearance as the first signs of aging start to develop: a loss of skin elasticity and suppleness, leaner cheeks, and lowered eyebrows. The fine lines first observed in one’s 20s can start to deepen and become set, even when the face is relaxed. Ultimately, this is the time to take action and set a beauty management foundation that will promote positive cosmetic outcomes for the next several decades. Whether beginning or continuing the treatments of the 20s, Botox can be used to treat the fine lines around the eyes, and fillers can be added to smooth the laugh lines or parentheses around the mouth. And finally, stronger chemical peels can be employed to improve skin thickness and accelerate skin turnover, uncovering vibrant, glowing skin.
As an Emory, Harvard, and University of Pittsburgh-trained, ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Castillo provides in-depth skin care consultations, both for patients seeking aesthetic improvement, and for those in pursuit of high-quality protection from nature’s elements.
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