The Aging Face
- Eyebrows: With time the soft fatty tissue beneath the eyebrows shrinks and because of gravity it droops.
- Upper eyelids: The skin around the upper and lower eyelids stretches as we age. This happens from washing, rubbing, putting on and removing makeup, which not only stretches the skin but also leads to mild to severe droop of the upper eyelids.
- Lower eyelids: The skin on the lower eyelids also stretches with time. The tensile strength of the eyelid decreases which results in a mild to moderate eyelid droops. Orbital fat protrudes which leads to “puffy bags” on the lower eyelids. The volume around the eye also decreases leading to “hollowness” around the lower eyelids.
- Midface: Loses volume and descends.
- Nasolabials: The nasolabial line is the line from the corner of your nose to the corner of the mouth. As we age it becomes prominent because the midface droops and we lose volume from this highly
- Lips: Get thinner and lose volume.
- Jawlines: Jawlines form from stretching of the soft tissue, sleeping on the sides and the effect of gravity.
Generally speaking as we age we lose a significant amount of volume around the face. That volume loss is evident not only in the soft tissue but also with the deeper bony structures. An analogy for this would be a balloon which when fully inflated is smooth and tight, representing a young face, but as it deflates it becomes softer and wrinkly, representing an aging face. Gravity also plays a role by pulling the soft tissue down. The skin loses its tensile strength and becomes lax. Chronic sun exposure and other environmental factors damage the DNA over time which in turn decreases skins ability to repair itself. Some people are lucky and are born with good genes and they “age” very well. We don’t have a choice in the genes we get from our parents, but there are number of things we can do to help slow down the aging process. If you try these tips below and still feel you would like to change the age of your face, cosmetic surgery may be a great option for you.
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