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Patients in their 20s benefit more from certain procedures than others

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Reflections for laser liposuction.
Reflections for laser liposuction.

Men and women in their 20s may be considering minimally invasive cosmetic procedures as a preventative measure, to help preserve their youthful appearance as they enter their 30s. While certain treatments are certainly effective in doing this, others can do little to stave off the signs of aging because they’re meant to treat existing problems.

For example, young adults who are concerned about crow’s feet or marionette lines later on may be better off practicing healthy lifestyle habits rather than getting Botox injections or laser skin rejuvenation. These treatments are meant to provide immediate or gradual improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, not to prevent them. However, if a 20-something does happen to have a deep facial crease or acne scars, then injectables or laser acne treatment may be able to help.

Young men and women who want to maintain their good skin should remember to use sunblock when going outdoors, drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and save injections and peels until they need them.

However, there are some minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for which 20-somethings are ideal candidates, such as laser liposuction.

“A patient in their twenties considering liposuction can take advantage of the youthful, elastic state of their skin and improve the overall aesthetic outcome. While it may not be essential, liposuction as a preventative measure can help a patient address areas that bother them now while their ability to bounce back is greater,” said plastic surgeon Lauren Greenberg, M.D., of California.

Moreover, since laser liposuction permanently removes pockets of fat, the procedure may help women stay firm throughout and after a pregnancy.

Individuals who are considering a cosmetic treatment should speak with their healthcare provider about the risks involved, as well as their psychological readiness and expectations for the treatment. Ideal candidates for these procedures should have a realistic idea of the outcome and be getting the treatment for their own personal reasons, and not to please someone else. A patient should also be in good physical health to ensure proper healing and keep the chances of complications low.

Additionally, it’s important to seek out a board-certified, accredited healthcare provider in order to obtain the best possible care and minimize risks.