Q&A: At what age should you consider non-invasive surgery?
In this Q&A Dr. Anushka Reddy, a general practitioner specialising in aesthetic medicine answers the question at what age should a person consider non-invasive surgery?
This is a very personal question, and can only be answered by the individual based on how they want to visibly age. When asked this question in my rooms, I try to present two different schools of thought from within the aesthetic industry and leave the decision up to the patient.
First: For most men and women aesthetic treatments involve a reaction to visible wrinkles and ageing. They want to reverse visible ageing to remain youthful in appearance. In this case the most common age we start to see patients is in their early thirties. However there is no age limit or restriction on aesthetic treatments should you have a few lines, wrinkles or contours you would like changed.
In most cases here treatment cycles involve skin rejuvenation techniques to improve general skin condition followed by specific treatments to correct areas of concern. There is no age limit on self-consciousness but we would be hesitant to treat wrinkles on a 20 year-old unless they were severe.
Second: A more modern school of thought is that aesthetic medicine provides and opportunity for preventative ageing. In a nutshell this approach uses less invasive treatments, smaller quantities and less frequent treatments on younger patients to stall the visible ageing process.
Mild chemical peels, minute doses of Botulinum toxin and skin rejuvenation techniques should be all that is required to maintain youthful skin quality.
The theory is that if you start these minor aesthetic treatments in your early twenties, then your skin will not age, as quickly if it were left until reactive steps need to be taken.
The skin ageing process is slowed the minute you begin treatment, and will continue the chorological ageing process from where it left off once your aesthetic treatments have ceased. I.e. if you start as a 20 year old, and stop at 30. Your skin will appear 10 years younger but start ageing from that point.
Reactive anti-ageing involves more aggressive treatments to reverse visible ageing, and maintenance at regular intervals. This is obviously the more costly of alternatives, whereas preventative ageing needs to begin at a young age where perhaps budget and dedication may influence the result. Ultimately the choice is yours.
Dr. Anushka Reddy is a general practitioner specialising in aesthetic medicine and is the owner of Medisculpt clinic www.medisculpt.co.za