The Golden Years

According to Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson, women in their 50s and beyond are embracing the next chapter in their lives, and an increasing number are choosing to have facial surgery to put their best face forward.

Before and after facelift, lower eyelid surgery, chin and lip augmentation by Dr Hodgkinson
Before and after facelift, lower eyelid surgery, chin and lip augmentation by Dr Hodgkinson
Before and after facelift and eyelid surgery by Dr Hodgkinson

A significant trend in my practice has been the increase in pan-facial rejuvenation in women in their late 50s, 60s and even into their 70s. These procedures include face lifting surgery, neck lifting, brow lifting surgery, eyelid surgery and skin resurfacing.With the average Australian woman now living to 84, women in their 60s no longer consider themselves (and nor are they considered by society) to be living in their twilight years.

“With role models such as Helen Mirren, the older generation are casting off their nana cardigans and proving they can age with style, grace and, yes, sex appeal”
‘Helen Mirren and the Art of Ageing Gracefully’, Sarina Lewis, Sunday Life, October 18, 2010

The fact that older women are having extraordinary personal careers not only in business and government but on stage and in film well into and beyond their 60s provides a positive role model for women.

In my practice I find many women in their late 50s or early 60s who see themselves not as ‘hanging up their boots’ but as having an opportunity to enjoy the next 20 years of their lives in business, community and personal pursuits. They come to me in the transition between having been overburdened by years of juggling the roles of mother, wife and career woman to the realisation there is still a lot of life for living.

My facelifts have been customised for this group of patients to provide a natural look and create a timeless appeal. Most women are concerned about their neck and that a ‘turkey’ neck or double chin gives away their chronological age. To counter this, we concentrate on recreating a smooth jaw and chin line, reducing the jowls, de-emphasising the nasolabial folds, enhancing the midthird of the face and rejuvenating the brow and eye regions as needed. The tight-looking facelifts surgery of the 20th century are a thing of the past, due to improved surgical techniques and the patient’s desire to not look ‘operated on’ – they just want to look less tired, less worn out and less angry.

This is a very gratifying group of patients to work with. Comments from these patients include: ‘I like looking in the mirror again’ and ‘I feel like I’ve been given a new lease on life’. They have a lot to share and with the respect they have from family, friends and colleagues who are supportive of their new look, there is a reinforcement for this next phase in their lives that they are vital, capable and, yes, attractive women.

Darryl Hodgkinson

About The Author - Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both cosmetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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