How To Prevent Aging Skin in Your 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s

An older woman places her hands on a younger woman's shoulders.

Over the years, sun damage, genetics, and lifestyle habits begin to take a toll on your skin. With so many nonsurgical and surgical rejuvenation options available today, it’s easy to look your best. But what you need in your 20s is vastly different than what your skin needs when you’re in your mid-50s. In this blog post, we’ll talk about your best options for how to prevent aging skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond so you can rejuvenate your appearance at every stage of life.

20s: Slow the Effects of Aging

Men and women in their 20s often turn to BOTOX® (shown below) as a preventative measure against fine lines and wrinkles, along with filler for volume in the lips, chin, and jaw to define the face. An important step to not miss at this age is to add daily medical-grade skincare as your skin begins to lose collagen and elastin in your 20s. At this stage, you can do a lot to slow your aging process. In other words, you don’t wait to start thinking about aging until you notice your first wrinkles.

30s: Replace Volume

Restoring lost volume is popular for 30-somethings. Fillers like JUVÉDERM Voluma® XC or Restylane® Lyft, as well as a wide range of fillers designed for the midface, are helpful for deeper wrinkles that start forming along the laugh lines. Thinner fillers for the eyelids are also helpful at this age. In the Instagram post below, we show how fillers can make cheekbones more prominent at any age.

If you don’t do regular peels, this is the age to consider chemical peels and yearly deeper peels to improve the surface of the skin and address pigmentary changes in the skin.

40s: Smooth Skin & Define Features

Typically, your 40s is the time to consider more permanent fixes for lost facial volume that causes the appearance of jowls, sunken eyes, and overall hollowing in the face. Facial fat grafting at this age can greatly improve the volume in the face, the tone and texture of the skin and lasts longer than facial filler.

Likewise, our Lunch Hour Lift—a variety of small surgical fixes done under local anesthesia in the office—can provide more minor, less noticeable improvements than a full-face lift or more extensive facial surgery. Think of this as making permanent those little tucks of skin you pull back in the mirror when you’re 40. Some of our Lunch Hour Lift procedures only take an hour.

Oblique view of woman's face before and after facial fat grafting and a neck lift.

This woman in her mid-40s defined her features with facial fat grafting, neck liposuction, and a Renuvion® neck lift.


50s & Beyond: Tighten Loose Skin

At this age, it is wise to consider fat grafting procedures every 3 to 4 years (which is more cost-effective than filler), as well as some larger facial maneuvers like a facelift and/or a neck lift. Some patients find they need a brow lift or a combination of brow and eyelid surgery. This is typically when we need more combination work on the face. It is important at this age to maintain a solid at-home skincare routine to keep up the surgical results over the long term.

An oblique view of a woman before and after a facelift and facial fat transfer.

Our patient in her 50s tightened lax skin with a facelift and replaced lost volume with facial fat grafting.

Want to see more before and after photos? Take a look at our photo gallery to see more transformations.

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Our London and Lexington, KY, plastic surgery practice offers nonsurgical med spa treatments and longer-term surgical options to address your rejuvenation goals. If you’re ready to roll back the years on your appearance, contact us online or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.

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