What happens to the body when aging begins?
The tissues in our bodies cannot last forever; they begin to break down over time, especially as we move past our twenties and beyond. Our cells are all set on ‘molecular timers’ that cause us to age. We produce less collagen and lose innate hydration and elasticity. Our faces hollow, skin stretches, metabolism slows down and we have to work harder at maintaining our current youthful selves. Your genetics, lifestyle (diet and exercise) and your medical health—all affects on how this aging occurs.
In our faces, the first noticeable change that occurs is the loss of volume in the cheeks. Volume loss also occurs in the lips, temples and around the mouth and hands. The majority of this occurs due to losses in the layers of fat we store under the skin. This causes our faces to appear tired, our cheeks begin to appear hollow and causes sagging skin around our jowls. The great news is that replacing the volume restores your youthful look and when placed expertly, make it all appear natural.
Lines and Wrinkles
As we age, we continue to earn lines and wrinkles on our faces and other sun expose areas such as the neck, décolleté and hands. We tend to pay little attention to protecting these areas in our youth and we frequently hear from our clients that they wish they had taken better care of them as they tend to our age away. The lines and wrinkles on our face form after repeated use of muscles in the area through regular facial expressions; we develop horizontal forehead lines, ‘11’ lines between our eyes, ‘crows feet’ or ‘smile lines’ around our eyes and even vertical lip lines and cheek and neck lines. One way to delay these aging signs is decreased sun exposure and the the regular use of sunscreen on sun exposed areas, the early use of neuromodulator agents like Xeomin or Botox on our faces and neck can prevent make us appear rested and prevent deepening lines as we age.
Loss of Skin Texture, Tone, Hydration and Elasticity
Over time with repeated facial expressions, the lines become etched into our skin so even at rest, we appear to have deep lines over our face. Our skin also appears dull, loses its firmness and hydration. Once this occurs, the neuromodulators still play a role in softening the lines, however, skin resurfacing procedures become an important addition to the maintenance of the skin tone and texture. Resurfacing works my causing controlled microinjuries to the skin surface. The body produces a healing response to these controlled injuries and increases blood flow and to the areas treated. The stimulated healing response and increase in blood flow rejuvenates the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production along with improved blood flow bringing vital nutrients to the skin. The resulting improvement in appearance of skin tone, texture and hydration results in a rejuvenated appearance with glowing skin. Different treatment options can produce different depths of controlled injury to the skin; so the deeper the treatment, the longer the recovery. Options for skin resurfacing vary from facials and microdermabrasion to microneedling and laser skin resurfacing.
*Individual results may vary.