People are living longer than ever before. Australians on average can now expect to live to be approximately 82 years old. Compare that to the average of 48 years in 1890, this has all sorts of consequences, including the fact that people are working longer into their lives – in fact, the official Australian retirement age has now just gone up to 70. In order to compete with younger workers, our older generations have had to find ways to keep up their appearances. It is also well documented in studies that better presented (or more attractive) people find it easier to get, and keep, a job.
This leads us to looking at the measures that people will take in order to maintain their polished, or well presented, appearances. Plastic surgery is a massive part of this movement and Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon based in Subiaco in Western Australia, discusses what procedures people are undergoing as part of their need to compete with younger generations.
We look at some of the procedures that are considerations for anyone wanting to look more youthful.
This is the most obvious choice for anyone wanting to turn back the clock a few years. The face is the first thing people see when they meet you and first impressions are most certainly based on what people see when they look at your face. Your face can show what sort of life you’ve had – each line and wrinkle tells a story. Dr Briggs says, “The face, more than any other part of the body, defines an individual to the outside world. With age, the effects of gravity, sun damage and the stresses of everyday life become apparent and can alter the appearance of a person’s face. As such, these age-related changes can make people feel as if their identity has changed over time. As people are living longer and more active lives, many seek facial cosmetic surgery to help them look as young as they feel. Facial plastic surgery can take up to ten years off the average lady, and even more in some cases. We offer complete after care programmes to all of our patients – this ensures that you are able to continually benefit from your facial procedure for many years after the initial surgery.”
Neck lifts tend not to be the first consideration for patients looking to take a few years off their appearance however due to the laws of gravity, necks are often the first place to show loose skin and the effects of ageing. Dr Briggs says “Neck lifts can really compliment the effects of a face lift or can work on their own to significantly enhance and restructure a key area of your facial appearance. Loose skin, fatty deposits, and the general ageing process that occurs around that area of the body are the main reasons why many of our clients decide to go ahead with neck lift surgery.”
Your eyes are the very first thing that people notice about you and it’s your feature they focus on most. As Dr Briggs puts it, “The appearance of our eyes plays a large role in how young, attractive and vital we appear. However unfortunately, over time, the skin around our eyes creases, muscles weaken, and folds and bags develop.”
Whilst the older generations having to compete with younger generations for the same jobs is a controversial issue, the reality of the situation is that more and more people are turning to plastic surgery to assist them in getting interviews and landing jobs, or in order to keep the jobs they already have and not be pushed out by the younger crew.
We are certainly not advocates for the whole of the older generations of Australia to rush out and have plastic surgery, we are simply pointing out that there is certainly a contingent of us where the reasoning behind our procedures is to maintain their competitiveness in what is certainly a dog-eat-dog world.
Dr Patrick Briggs is renowned for his friendly, approachable manner and ability to listen to his patients needs. His results speak for themselves and with over 30 years experience, Dr Briggs is certainly a surgeon to consider if you are looking to take a few years off your age. Dr Briggs says it best, “Getting old is a fact of life, however the range of treatments that are available today means that you can enjoy your life with the confidence that you are looking and feeling the best you possibly can.”
For more information on Dr Briggs go here, or to arrange a consult contact his office directly on 08 9381 9300.