Why Get Plastic Surgery in Your 20s?
By Dennis Hurwitz on May 24, 2015
The term “plastic surgery” will likely conjure slightly different images and connotations for everyone. In many cases, one might immediately think of a middle-aged patient undergoing a facelift or similar procedure to counter the effects of aging. However, such treatments are only one side of plastic surgery. On the other hand, many treatments are commonly used for body contouring, which can be applicable at nearly any point in one’s life, so long as someone has passed adolescence and settled into their body. Once young adults are in their 20s, they have a good idea of what they will look like in the coming years, in which case, they may wish to take steps to better shape their appearance. For those aesthetic factors that cannot easily be changed through diet and exercise - or, perhaps, changes that have occurred in light of it - plastic surgery can provide satisfying results.
From flabby skin to uneven curves and breast size, plastic surgery can be a viable option for many patients. If you are in your 20s and currently unsure of whether a treatment can help you achieve the look you want, take a moment to consider how our Pittsburgh practice may be able to help.
Why Seek Surgery in Your 20s?
The 20s are a pivotal time in a person’s life: they are the point at which people find careers, enter relationships, and form the life-long habits that will ultimately influence who a person is for years and possibly decades to come. Physical appearance and confidence can play a crucial role in all of these areas, and it is therefore understandable why someone would take steps toward achieving the body they want. In fact, if you are going to make any significant changes to your appearance, it’s a great idea to do so at such a turning point, before you have already forged long-term relationships and encountered life-changing opportunities. Moreover, younger patients benefit from good health and skin elasticity, both of which contribute to swift recoveries and great results from plastic surgery. As long as a patient is confident in his or her desire to undergo treatment, the 20s can pose an excellent opportunity for such change that is not offered at any other point in life.
Common Body Contouring Options
Depending on one’s body type and what he or she wants to achieve, there are a variety of ways that plastic surgery can help improve the contours of one’s body. Here are just a few common treatments and why patients may seek them:
- Abdominoplasty: Also known as a tummy tuck, this procedure removes excess skin from the lower stomach while tightening the abdominal muscles. Smaller, quicker procedures may just focus on minimal skin below the navel, whereas larger procedures can remove skin and fat from around the stomach and flanks. This is commonly sought by patients who have recently lost weight, have accrued pockets of skin and fat that do not respond to exercise, or have undergone changes to their bodies after childbirth.
- Lifts: Like the above procedure, a lift is any surgery that removes excess skin to create smoother contours of an area. Popular places include the upper arms or thighs. For patients who have had significant weight loss such as from bariatric surgery, a total body lift may be the only way to help regain appropriate contours for the new body.
- Liposuction: Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not intended as a method of weight loss. Rather, it is a way to create more even, smoother contours along the body. Pockets of fat along the arms, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen may result in unappealing curves. With liposuction, subtle yet effective changes to these areas can better complement your overall figure.
Once women are in their 20s, they usually have a good idea of how their breasts play a role in their overall appearance, confidence, and even their comfort. If a woman has decided that her breasts are simply too small for her liking, a breast augmentation can help her achieve the curves she desires. Alternatively, a breast reduction, often coupled with a breast lift, can help women with overly large breasts avoid life-long discomfort and back pain.
No matter your particular needs, your 20s are an excellent time to make those long-lasting changes that best suit your body type. Our office is happy to speak with you regarding your goals and the best way to help you achieve them.
Speak with Dr. Hurwitz
Dr. Hurwitz has experience with patients of all ages and needs, and is happy to help you form an individualized treatment plan to reach your cosmetic goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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