Covey discusses the treatment she will be
receiving with Debbie Thompson, RN, during an
appointment at the Skin Center Med Spa on Aug. 2,
2017 in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
ó If age is said to be a state of mind, then why not
match your look on the outside to the way you feel on
Lela Covey, 61, who lives near Wheeling, W.Va., that
meant treating herself to the occasional skin peel and
fillers. A Las Vegas native, sheís a former fashion
model who graced the runways of Chanel and Dior and the
pages of Vogue in her day.
always been interested in health and beauty and fitness.
All of those things are intertwined," she says.
"Itís important that you work on all those
aspects of your health. Thatís the revolution thatís
philosophy ó along with personal tales from friends
ó motivated her to pursue something more permanent, a
minimally invasive QuickLift face lift at The Skin
Center Medical Spa in Pittsburgh.
nice to be able to be in my 60s and feel like youíre
40 and have the energy and physical and mental health of
someone in their 40s," she says.
rising number of boomers and beyond are trying to
achieve just that, with help from cosmetic procedures
ó especially nonsurgical ones with little or no
downtime. In the last five years, nonsurgical cosmetic
procedures (think injectables such as Botox and Juvederm
Ultra) have increased by 93 percent for those 65 and
older, reports the American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery. For surgical procedures, thereís been
a 58 percent spike. In just two decades, the total
number of procedures for this age group is up 1,263
are living longer and working longer. That is what I
think really is driving this," says
Pittsburgh-based plastic surgeon Leo McCafferty.
information on TV and the internet has helped fuel
curiosity, too. Plus, because of selfies, people have a
heightened awareness of what they look like as the years
tick by ó particularly around the eyes and neck. In
2016, eyelid surgery (to correct drooping) and facelifts
were among the top three surgical procedures for both
the 51- to 64-year-olds and the 65-plus age groups,
according to the ASAPS. (The other one was liposuction.)
For nonsurgical options, Botulinum Toxin injectables
(including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) and Hyaluronic
Acid injectables (Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma,
Perlane, Restylane and Belotero) were popular for both
age groups, as well as nonsurgical skin-tightening
procedures for 51- to 64-year-olds and skin-rejuvenating
chemical peels for the 65-plus demographic.
research and a better understanding by doctors of how
the face ages has allowed for more natural-looking
used to think gravity was pulling everything down, so we
pulled everyone tight. We saw all of the consequences of
that ó people looked pulled or really tight,"
says Suzan Obagi, associate professor of dermatology and
associate professor of plastic surgery at the University
of Pittsburgh. Sheís also the president-elect for the
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
actually happens with age, she says, is the face loses
bone. At the same time, fat tends to diminish around the
cheeks, temples and jawline. This combination gives skin
a sagging, deflated look and can make the eyes appear
more hollow. The key to addressing these features is
through a treatment plan that targets multiple areas of
you look too full in one area, youíll look out of
balance with the rest of the face," Dr. Obagi says.
"If things are done correctly, nobody should know
whatís been done on a patient."
The Skin Center Medical Spa, which has eight locations
across Pittsburgh and one in Columbus, Ohio, hair
transplants (particularly for men) and neck tightening
with laser treatments are in demand, says founding
director and cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy. Also
popular are collagen induction treatments like micro
needling. A handheld pen-shaped device with tiny needles
at the tip is stamped across the face to increase the
penetration and effectiveness of the topical treatments
that are applied. For faster results, platelet rich
plasma from the patientís blood is added to the
treatment. (The plasma mix also can be added to fat
transfer procedures, scalp treatments for thinning hair
and even joint therapy to boost effectiveness.)
something thatís going to continue to grow and grow as
we get more knowledge and research on it," Dr.
Brandy says about the plasma injections.
also sees a lot of clients for what heís dubbed the
"grandma makeover" ó a combination of tummy
tucks, ab etching, liposuction and Brazilian butt lifts.
He takes to social media to educate people about the
range of procedures at The Skin Center and offers
more traditional surgical and noninvasive procedures,
one of the fastest-growing fields of surgery for women
50 and older is genital rejuvenation. Using lasers for
vaginal tightening has aesthetic and medical impacts,
Dr. Obagi says, such as aiding with urinary
matter what procedure a person selects, though, itís
important to do your homework.
important that people check credentials and make sure a
doctor is board-certified and has privileges in the
hospital," even if the procedure isnít being done
in one, Dr. McCafferty says. Also, be cautious about
receiving nonsurgical procedures at home parties or
salons, where it can be more challenging to control the
sterility of the environment and how products are
key is donít cut corners," Dr. Obagi says.
"You have the luxury of electing whether you want
to do this or not, so you must do a good job of
selecting who does this for you."
NATURAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LOOK MORE YOUTHFUL
under the knife isnít the only way to age gracefully.
Here are some steps to incorporate into your daily
routine to help keep your body looking and feeling
Practice good posture: Slouching can cause headaches,
tension and a slew of other health problems. Hold your
head up, roll your shoulders back and face the golden
years with a smile.
Stay hydrated: Water helps flush toxins, supports
healthy cells and helps make your skin glow. Although
the recommended amount to drink per day varies per
person (depending upon body size, amount of exercise,
etc.), a good rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses of
fluids each day. Add some fresh fruit such as a lemon or
orange slice to a glass of water for an extra jolt of
vitamins and flavor.
Pamper yourself: Look no further than your pantry for
some D-I-Y TLC. For instance, mix 1 tablespoon of apple
cider vinegar with a couple cups of water to cleanse and
tighten skin after a shower. Another option: unclog
pores with a homemade oatmeal mask made with one-third
cup of oatmeal steeped in warm water, two tablespoons of
honey, a small egg white and some plain yogurt. Mix and
apply a thin layer to the face and neck for about 15
Bend and stretch: Regular exercise ó ó even just 20
minutes a day ó ó can aid with weight maintenance
and reduce aches and pains. Going for a walk, a bike
ride or even simply stretching at home in a chair can do
Just breathe: Channel your inner yogi and take some deep
breaths. Try inhaling and exhaling for four counts each
ó all through the nose. Or take air in through the
nose and release with a big lionís breath with your
mouth open wide and your tongue out and an audible
"ha." It might look silly, but the stress will