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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2010 Mar;9(1):50-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2010.00475.x.

Aging well--the role of minimally invasive aesthetic dermatological procedures in women over 65.

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Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Academic Teaching Hospital of the Technical University of Dresden, Friedrichstrasse 41, 01067 Dresden, Germany. wollina-uw@khdf.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The western world is getting older. Aging well has become the new target of preventative medicine. Aesthetic dermatology can contribute to this quest. Females over 65 represent an important and growing group of consumers of cosmetic procedures. In this group, there is a paucity of scientific evaluation of aesthetic procedures.

OBJECTIVE:

To review the use of minimally invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation in women over 65.

METHODS:

Drawing from both the literature and personal experience, the opportunities, modifications, and limitations of minimally invasive techniques for facial rejuvenation in older women are considered.

RESULTS:

In this older age group, dermal fillers, chemical and laser peels, and nonablative photorejuvenation remain useful and can each be used as stand-alone treatments. In this age group, botulinum toxin (BTX) injections are more often used in combination with other procedures.

CONCLUSIONS:

With respect to aesthetic procedures, women over 65 are different from younger women. More scientific investigation is necessary to better meet needs of this growing part of the population. Available data suggest that aesthetic dermatology can make a major contribution to the complex matter of aging well.

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