It seems that the birthdays that end in ‘0’ are known as the ‘big ones.’ How many of us have dreaded going from 39 to 40, 49 to 50, or 59 to 60? Something about those numbers makes a mental difference. And today, with healthier and more active lifestyles, we aren’t aging at the same rate as a generation ago – we are actually living longer. The one thing that shows our age more than anything, though, is our skin, specifically our faces. That does not mean, however, that we have to succumb to the fine lines and wrinkles that appear. Many signs of aging are easy to reverse or treat, and Dr. Cooper Scurry at PENTA Facial Plastic Surgery Center can help turn back the hands of time.
Understanding How Your Skin Ages
- 30s-40s ~As Time Goes By (Dooley Wilson)
In our 30s, skin starts to droop a little and fine lines and wrinkles appear, but it is during our 40s that we see more dramatic changes in our skin, especially in terms of loss of elasticity. For women, this is due in part to lower estrogen levels and a decrease in subcutaneous fat. Unfortunately, however, that loss of fat doesn’t happen equally in all parts of the face; rather than looking like we got thinner, it makes us look like our faces are deflating. Even though we cannot stop time, we can address and slow down the aging process. “It’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices, like drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise and good sleep, and eating a balanced diet low in sugar, to not only stay healthy, but to keep your skin looking its best,” said Dr. Scurry. “We stress the use of sunscreen and moisturizers, but should you want to address your fine lines or add volume to your face, we have injections and fillers to soften those fine lines.”
- The 50s ~You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra)
The drier skin and loss of elasticity that started in our 30s and 40s starts to accumulate in our 50s. The loss of muscle, bone and fat under the skin makes lines and wrinkles more dramatic, and causes the skin to sag. “In your 50s, there are over-the-counter retinols, as well as many prescription options,” commented Dr. Scurry. “Retinols stimulate the production of new skin cells, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines. Botox and fillers are also options, but should you want to consider surgery, a facial plastic surgeon can address those concerns, too.” If you choose this option you should be sure your surgeon is a member of the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association for this specialty. “Members must achieve board certification by demonstrating their surgical skills, and through a rigorous 2-day written and oral exam,” noted Dr. Scurry.
- 60s ~Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
If you are in your 60s and considering facial plastic surgery, the most important thing to do is to come into the process with reasonable expectations. Having a face lift won’t make you look like you’re 25 again, but it can take up to a decade or more off your appearance. “In our 60s, the lines and wrinkles on the face become deeper and more prominent around the lips, forehead, and eyes,” stated Dr. Scurry. “The skin has lost a lot of elasticity, sagging more around the neck, cheekbones, and forehead. Regular use of moisturizers and anti-aging creams are more important than ever in this decade of life and again, Botox and fillers can also reduce signs of aging. However, plastic surgery is an option many people are choosing, getting facelifts and cosmetic eyelid surgery. A full facelift will minimize sagging and help tighten the skin to reduce deep wrinkles. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can be done to take away the drooping and sagging around the eyes. If you’re interested in exploring options to help you look younger, no matter what your age, and bringing your appearance more in line with how you feel on the inside, make an appointment for a consultation today. Our team of experts strives to make each patient look as young as they feel in a safe, comfortable and private setting.”
Dr. Scurry is able to address any surgical concern you may have about your face, whether it’s cosmetic or reconstructive. Interest in looking your best does not end at 50, 60 or beyond. PENTA Facial Plastic Surgery Center offers customized anti-aging options for each person at every stage of life.
PENTA is located at 110 Charlois Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC. For more information, call 336-768-3361 or visit www.pentafpsc.com for a list of services available.