Tampa residents want to look their best and understand that maintaining a youthful appearance doesn’t always come naturally. Tampa plastic surgery offers options for patients who have decided that they need some medical assistance to regain their youth, but the decision to have plastic surgery shouldn’t be made lightly. There are many factors to consider, including timing. How do you know when it is the right time to consider Tampa plastic surgery? Here are a few points to consider:

What is the best age range to consider Tampa plastic surgery?

While age is certainly a factor in deciding when to have Tampa plastic surgery, there is no simple answer to this question. However, there are guidelines depending on the procedure. According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a well-respected facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, “depending on the patient’s degree of facial aging, a non-invasive procedure such as a Botox injection or dermal filler treatment may be a good alternative to surgery if the desire is to reduce wrinkles rather than change a facial feature.  Often, a younger patient can benefit from non-surgical techniques to reduce wrinkles but that decision can be made after an  office consultation to survey the amount of skin damage and remaining elasticity.”

If someone is considering facelift surgery, it may make sense to move forward with the procedure if the patient shows advanced aging or have already exhausted non-surgical techniques first. Facelifts are generally performed on two peak age groups, the early to mid-forties, and from fifty through the mid-sixties. However, new techniques like the Simplicity facelift have been successful in a much broader age range. It is important that the patient and surgeon both feel that the appearance of aging is sufficient enough to warrant a surgical procedure and that the patient is prepared for the necessary recovery period. The good news about the less-invasive Simplicity facelift is that the downtime is significantly less than with the older, more traditional facelift surgery.

Other procedures, such as injectable fillers, Botox, laser skin resurfacing, eye lifts, brow lifts and any procedure that corrects the contours of the face are not necessarily based on the age of a patient or even their degree of aging. Deep vertical lines and drooping brows, for example, are not uncommon in the mid-thirties. We all age, but unfortunately some of us age more quickly than others. When wrinkles and the aging process become significant, it is a good time to have a Tampa plastic surgery consultation and find out what options are available to you.

Tampa plastic surgery helps improve appearance for many patients

Tampa plastic surgery is often performed to reverse the aging process, but it is also performed to help balance out the face, create symmetry or correct genetic conditions that cause patients to be self-conscious about their looks. In these cases, age is not a factor. The most important consideration in these cases is whether or not the patient is in good mental and physical health, and is prepared for the procedure itself. In fact, many patients who finally come to have Tampa plastic surgery in their thirties and forties have had the same problem area for most of their lives and are so impressed with the results they wonder why they waited. Procedures like chin implants, cheek implants and nose jobs can re-contour the face and add symmetry that greatly improves the overall appearance. These types of Tampa plastic surgery procedures give patients improved self-esteem and a level of confidence that many of them have never had.

Overall health and expectations of Tampa Plastic Surgery

Tampa plastic surgery is performed on patients of all ages and is used to reverse the aging process as well as to correct facial imperfections, imbalances and scarring but it must be performed when the patient is in good mental and physical health. It is also important that patients have realistic expectations of the outcome of the procedure. A qualified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Castellano, of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, can evaluate your health and your needs, and help you decide if Tampa plastic surgery is right for you. Call (813) 975-3223 for a complimentary consultation or visit our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.

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