From dermal fillers to body contouring procedures for men and women alike, The AEDITION breaks down the best surgical and non-surgical treatments to try in your thirties.
FOR THE FACE
Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections
Neurotoxin injections like Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and Xeomin® can be both preventative and corrective when it comes to the formation and appearance of wrinkles. “They will not only soften any pre-existing wrinkles that they may have but also to prevent ones that will develop over time,” says Gregory Buford, MD, a Denver-based plastic surgeon and founder of Beauty by Buford.
In aesthetic medicine, BoNT-A is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions (think: frowning, squinting, smiling, and the like) by injecting it into the muscles underlying the affected area. In turn, the lack of muscle contraction prevents the face from forming lines and wrinkles. Common treatment areas include the forehead, crow’s feet, and smile and frown lines, and results usually last three to four months.
If your concern is less about preventing wrinkles from forming and more about plumping up or filling in ones that have already taken shape, soft tissue fillers like Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® can be injected into the skin to restore volume, smooth out fine lines and deep wrinkles, and enhance the face’s natural contours.
Made of hyaluronic acid, collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), to name a few, Dr. Buford says filler can be an easy way to mimic natural plumping and shaping in a way that complements the face instead of dominating it. Like BoNT-A injections, the results of filler are temporary and last anywhere from six months to two years.
FOR THE BODY
While plastic surgery cannot serve as a substitute for weight loss surgery, there are both surgical and non-surgical ways to lift, firm, and tone the body. Dr. Buford notes that he has seen an increase in men in their thirties seeking body contouring options for the “love handles, abdominal wall, and chest.” In the latter case, he says many of these patients have clinical gynecomastia (a.k.a. enlarged breasts) and a male breast reduction may be performed.
Another common procedure: Liposuction. The tried-and-true fat removal process works by suctioning excess fat from specific areas of the body (think: abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, chest, and chin). It should be noted that while the fat cells are permanently removed during liposuction, patients can still regain any weight lost during the procedure if they do not stick to a proper diet and exercise.
Abdominoplasties (read: tummy tucks) are also common for patients in their thirties — either alone or as part of a larger “mommy makeover” (see below). A tummy tuck can enhance contouring, reduce fat, and provide a lifted effect. For women who have been pregnant, a tummy tuck can serve as a means to bring the rectus abdominis muscles back together, if they became stretched or separated. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck also requires patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle post-procedure.
If you’re not in the market for surgery, non-invasive procedures like TruSculpting offer toning benefits!
A nonsurgical body-sculpting treatment performed by a medical professional, TruSculpt 3D is designed to reduce fat and tighten skin, primarily on the abdomen and flanks (aka love handles). It can also be used to minimize fat on the arms, neck, thighs, and back (along the bra line). truSculpt is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Two to four treatments, spaced four weeks apart, are recommended.
While men and women alike may choose to undergo a breast procedure in their thirties, women who have children may be particularly interested in a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction after giving birth and breastfeeding (or may wish to revise a previous procedure) because pregnancy can cause large fluctuations in breast volume.
“While we know that pregnancy is definitely going to affect some changes in a woman’s body, but to what extent is highly variable,” Dr. Buford says. “Many of our patients comment that the results of their breast enhancement is actually better after having kids, while others see changes from pregnancy to their breast augmentation that require small revisions once the baby weight has come off.”
At the end of the day, Dr. Buford says choosing a procedure type and timeline is a personal decision that varies from patient to patient. Breast augmentation, for example, enhances size and shape and can restore fullness. A breast lift, meanwhile, will lift the sagging skin and treat drooping, which can often be a result of weight gain, pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding. Alternatively, a breast reduction can reduce the size of the breasts, while nipple surgery, which is less common, can adjust the size of the areola and correct inversion.
While hair removal can be pursued at any age, years of shaving and waxing may lead men and women to consider a more permanent solution in their thirties. Hair removal is a relatively permanent procedure — in other words, once you complete the required sessions, you will never have to shave, pluck, or wax that area ever again — and there are two main types: electrolysis and laser hair removal. While electrolysis is the only treatment classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a permanent hair removal solution, patients who opt for laser hair removal often experience similarly long-lasting results. Laser treatments work by pulsating highly concentrated light deep into the skin, generating heat that kills the hair follicle and prevents further growth. Treatments are scheduled around the hair growth cycle (read: every four to six weeks), with each session targeting new follicles until most (if not all) of the hair has been destroyed. Six sessions are typically required and minimal maintenance may be needed for the first few years.
Electrolysis, meanwhile, disrupts growth by targeting the hair follicle with shortwave radio frequencies through an epilator (i.e. a very fine needle). The device is placed into the natural opening of the hair follicle and emits a small electrical current to destroy the follicle and prevent new growth. It requires patience though. Depending on the area being treated, patients may need up to 30 sessions for full results.