Facial Rejuvenation in Mature Patients

Treating mature patients above the age of fifty requires unique challenges.  However, painting each individual with the same brush is inappropriate.  In fact, the term ‘mature’ leaves significant room for


Facial Rejuvenation in Mature Patients

Facial Rejuvenation in Mature PatientsTreating mature patients above the age of fifty requires unique challenges.  However, painting each individual with the same brush is inappropriate.  In fact, the term ‘mature’ leaves significant room for interpretation.

A patient’s chronological age is not nearly as important as their overall physical health and mental state of mind.  Every patient ages differently, and this affects how they should be approached. 

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a facial rejuvenation expert at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery believes that “while taking a medical history is always important, making a detailed assessment of the mature patient’s health is even more crucial, as this patient population has more medical problems.”  He believes that “in this patient population, it is even more imperative that the patients are medically up for the procedure or surgery.”

Maturepatients also present with a number of issues not seen in younger patients, including decreased elasticity of the skin, hardening of cartilages,resorption of the underlying skeletal structures, advanced sagging of tissues and a much more advanced degree of facial atrophy (fat loss).  Furthermore, the aging process may lead to physiologically dry eyes, advanced lower eyelid laxity and varying degrees of upper eyelid ptosis (droopiness) that need unique surgical plans to correct.  All of these possible scenarios lead to challenges Dr. Azizzadeh and his colleagues must take into the consideration of their overall treatment plans.  Therefore, this patient population generally requires a more comprehensive treatment plan to obtain optimal results.

Older patients also have pan-facial aging and are not effectively treated with just one procedure.  Dr. Azizzadeh finds a combination of procedures is required to produce a balanced and natural-looking result.  Despite some unique challenges, Dr. Azizzadeh believed that “older patients generally heal well and have a very low rate of complications if the appropriate pre-operative evaluation is performed.”

Ultimately, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends that patient’s seek appropriate procedures such as facelifts, blepharoplasty, endoscopic browlifts, Ultherapy, dermal fillers and fractional resurfacing BEFORE they reach a critical aging appearance.  Although the traditional approach for a facelift was for a patient to hold out as long as possible before considering surgery, today we realize catching the problem early leads to an improved and more natural result. 

 

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Babak Azizzadeh, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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