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Cosmetic Treatments: The 50s + 60s


April 11, 2016

Would you guess that leading lady Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Body” Elle Macpherson, and Miss America Vanessa Williams (the first black woman to win that title) are all in their 50s? Well, wrap your head around this: arguably the most beautiful supermodel of all time, Christie Brinkley, is over 60, at an impossibly youthful and glowing 62 years old! What is it that makes these women so radiant and ravishing into their 50s, and beyond? Great genes and vegan diets, sure, but here’s the real reason: these celebrities keep us guessing at their age because they take advantage of today’s proven cosmetic procedures.

However well one prepares for the inevitable aging process, there is no skincare fountain of youth. That’s not to say that prevention and proactive skincare regimens aren’t key to slowing down the signs of aging. For Charlotte’s Book, I’ve covered the best cosmetic treatments for early aging skin (20s and 30s) and followed it up with Cosmetic Treatments for Every Age: The 40s. Now, we’re tackling the 50s and 60s. These decades are all about choosing the right advanced cosmetic treatments that achieve natural results, so you look and feel better than ever.

Your Skin In The 50s & 60s—What To Expect

When women reach their 50s, they only have about one-tenth of the estrogen they previously had. Because estrogen stimulates collagen and oil production, this dramatic loss during menopause can manifest as very dry, cracked skin and existing fine and deep-set wrinkles will become more pronounced. As the face begins to sag overall, jowls can appear with the falling of the jawline and cheeks. The natural loss of volume that began in the 40s continues, meaning sunken cheeks, thinner lips, hallowed eyes, and pronounced lines around the mouth. Dark spots from sun damage can appear or worsen on the hands and face. And, increasingly slowed cell turnover affects the face as vertical and horizontal lines deepen, the nose tip droops, and skin becomes noticeably thinner.

The Top Cosmetic Procedures For Your 50s & 60s

1. Volumizing dermal fillers: I recommend Juvederm Voluma injections in the cheek area to recapture lost volume and lift the jowls. To find out how Juvederm Voluma works, what to expect, and if you’re a good candidate, read about it on Charlotte’s Book‘s treatment resource. 

2. Collagen boosting fillers: Sculptra can replace lost collagen for subtle, but noticeable, results. It is injected deep in the dermal layer to reinforce your skin’s structure and spur the production of new collagen. It is used primarily to restore fullness to medium and deep facial wrinkles, such as smile lines, marionette lines, nasolabial folds and chin wrinkles, and other sunken areas, such as your cheeks and temples.

3. Neurotoxin injections: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin can soften horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet, nasal squint lines, and lines around the neck.

4. Fraxel and CO2 resurfacing lasers: These more aggressive lasers can combat the increasing signs of sun damage and improve overall skin texture. Want to know more? Read about this Charlotte’s Book community member’s experience with Clear & Brilliant. And consult this Fraxel treatment guide that lays out everything you need to know—pain threshold, recovery time, effectiveness and cost.

5. Ultherapy: Mature skin usually requires two treatments of Ultherapy per year to tighten skin laxity. This noninvasive skin tightening treatment uses ultrasound technology to tighten and lift the skin of the face and neck, making it a good alternative to a traditional facelift. The ultrasound energy contracts the muscles and deep tissue and stimulates the body’s own collagen to grow and strengthen, enhancing the scaffolding that supports the skin, and resulting in tighter, smoother, more lifted skin.



Here’s the deal with skin & hormones—a must read for anyone, at any age. Plus: did you know that Ultherapy can firm up your décollatage? Great for plunging necklines.


Learn more about Dermatologist Dr. Julie Russak. Read client reviews, book sessions, and get expert advice. Only the best cosmetic doctors, skincare gurus, nutritionists, fitness and wellness professionals make it into our book.  

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