Want to Look Younger? 6 Tips on Getting Plastic Surgery

If you want to slow the ticking clock of aging, then eating right, exercising and otherwise taking good care of yourself can make a huge difference. But when it comes to our faces, it’s pretty hard to undo what time, genetics and bad habits — such as smoking and sun-worshipping — hath wrought.

However, cosmetic surgery — aka a face-lift — is an investment that really can make a difference, if you’re willing to pay the price. But cosmetic surgery is not for everyone, and it has risks. If you’re considering this path, here are some tips to help you reach a successful outcome.

1. Consider why you’re doing it

Going under a plastic surgeon’s knife is a pretty big deal, even as the surgeries become more routine and the post-procedure recovery time shrinks. Practitioners typically urge cosmetic-surgery patients to carefully consider their expectations about the surgery and the reasons they are doing it.

2. Become familiar with the options

A face-lift is not a one-size-fits-all affair. There are a number of procedures that are commonly used, alone and in combination, to combat signs of aging, including:

  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): For treating droopy eyelids, bags or puffiness around the eyes.
  • Forehead/brow-lift: This procedure lifts the skin on the forehead and upper part of the face to correct deep forehead wrinkles, frown lines and heavy brows.
  • Face-lift (rhytidectomy): This is the most extensive surgical approach for minimizing wrinkles and sagging of the face and neck, as well as jowls and double chin that can develop with age.

Regardless of what procedure you choose, it will be surgery, so it comes with some risks. Talk to a doctor to become aware of these dangers.

3. Shop around for a cosmetic surgeon

To start a search for a cosmetic surgeon, ask for recommendations from friends who have experience with cosmetic surgery. Or, ask your general practitioner or dermatologist.

A good surgeon should be able to recommend appropriate procedures that will result in the most natural-looking results for your objectives.

4. Don’t be cheap

The price range for cosmetic surgery can be enormous, depending on the doctor, the extent of your procedures and your location.

If you’re like most people, you need to be conscious of price, but don’t make cost your sole consideration. You don’t need to hire Hollywood’s surgeon to the stars to be in good hands, but be sure to conduct due diligence.

5. Right-size your expectations

Don’t go in expecting miracles. The main thing you can achieve from cosmetic surgery is a fresher, more energetic look. Tired of people saying you look tired? This could make a difference. Hoping people will confuse you with Scarlett Johansson? That is not happening.

According to one survey written up in WebMD, strangers who looked at before-and-after pictures of people who had cosmetic surgery said the surgery did almost nothing to boost their attractiveness but did shave off a few years.

6. Or just say no

There are excellent reasons, in addition to cost, that can lead you to decide against cosmetic surgery.

The risks of cosmetic surgery are especially high if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes or obesity because such patients “have a higher risk of developing complications such as pneumonia, stroke, heart attack or blood clots in the legs or lungs,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Smoking also increases risks and interferes with healing.”

Even for people in excellent health, there are risks associated with going under the knife, the Mayo Clinic notes.

Cosmetic surgery is not a crazy idea, and you’d be in good company if you made the leap. But surely it’s something worth weighing carefully.

Share your thoughts or experience with cosmetic surgery in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

7 Other Retailers With Free Prescription Delivery
7 Other Retailers With Free Prescription Delivery

Amazon’s new pharmacy is hardly the first to offer free shipping.

8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper
8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

Here’s how a veteran thrift shopper scores the best deals — and turns a profit from them.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing emergency food supply. Is your pantry well-prepared for emergencies? Knowing what to stock up on for emergencies can be a difficult task and we’re here to help.

These 12 Reusable Products Save You Money Over and Over
These 12 Reusable Products Save You Money Over and Over

Buy reusable versions of these household items, and you won’t have to spend another dime on them for years.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles
The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles

One automaker takes half the spots on a list of the longest-lasting vehicles.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

Are you missing out on serious savings at your favorite warehouse club?

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.
This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.

This brand’s vehicles are least likely to give drivers repair headaches, according to J.D. Power.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.