The saying about old age being no place for sissies--most often attributed to Bette Davis--is so right. Along with more serious issues some women develop as the years pass, comes sagging of muscles, skin and fat as body tissues inevitably lose the battle with gravity.
Many women are content to take good care of themselves and let nature take its course. Others intervene using non-invasive weapons like a prescription-strength skin care regimen and perhaps a little Botox. If neither of these approaches is aggressive enough for you, you may be a candidate for fighting back with a lift.
Here are the most popular plastic surgery "lifting" procedures women choose to combat the effects of gravity:
Eyelid lift: If you believe droopy eyelids make you look old and tired, you’re in good company. Blepharoplasty, as doctors refer to it, is the third most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. The operation removes excess skin from the upper eyelid to open up the eyes and restore an alert, youthful look. If you choose to have surgery on the lower lids as well, you can get rid of that puffy look too. Recovery is most often pretty easy, with patients experiencing scratchy, sore eyes for a day or two and bruising that fades over several days. Surgeon’s fees for blepharoplasty are around $2,700 (not including anesthesia, surgical facility costs and so on.)
Brow lift: Some women who consult a plastic surgeon about facial aging are surprised when their doctor recommends a brow lift. It’s just not easy to tell that, in many cases, the effects of gravity on the face start up at the hairline. A skilled plastic surgeon will be able to show you exactly what is making you look older than you feel, and it just could be a droopy brow. If you decide to undergo a brow lift, or forehead lift, there are a variety of techniques your surgeon may use to pull your skin up and anchor it in a more attractive position without giving you visible scars or a look of permanent surprise. You may have a headache for a couple of days after surgery, but other than that recovery is relatively smooth. Surgeon’s fees for a forehead lift average about $3,300.