Subtle cosmetic surgery can help you age gracefully, says expert

Women looking to keep signs of ageing at bay can turn to subtle facial cosmetic surgery to enhance and rejuvenate their face, according to leading US surgeon Dr Rhys Branman. Dr Branman, who practices at Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center in the southern American state of Arkansas, says there are a number of options open to women who want to halt the ageing of their deeper facial structures and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) - a layer of tissue which lies between skin and the facial muscles. Damage to the SMAS caused by sun exposure and the effect of repeated contractions of facial muscles are the primary causes of structural facial ageing. Writing on his blog, Dr Branman said: "Just as you take care of your body by eating healthy and exercising, women can choose cosmetic procedures to enhance and rejuvenate their faces. You can indeed age gracefully, and cosmetic surgery can be subtle." According to Dr Branman, a number of procedures can be performed to help create a youthful appearance, including a facelift which will pull the SMAS and the skin into a higher position, relieving pressure on facial bones. Other popular procedures include neck lifts to remove 'turkey waddles', blepharoplasty surgery to improve the area around the eyelids, brow lifts, and rhinoplasty surgery to correct imperfections to the nose as well as to support weakening cartilage.