Everyone knows wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin are a common part of life.
We know these signs as symptoms of aging, and nowhere are they more apparent than on your face.
As we grow older, our faces begin to change.
These changes follow a predictable pattern, which goes as follows.
Loss of Volume:
Age causes the face to lose fat and the bones to become restructured. To anyone looking at us, it appears our face has become hollowed out. The skin also looks less supple.
Diminished Skin Laxity:
The muscles and fascia (supportive tissue) that holds our face in place begin to weaken. This leads to saggy skin and a loss of skin definition.
The above changes are only the ones we can see. Deep down at the cellular level, biological processes begin slowing down, which can change your skin’s color and level of elasticity.
Scientists aren’t quite sure why our faces change as we age.
Though, they do have theories.
Some experts think facial changes related to skin, muscle, and bone are caused by the pull of gravity over time.
Others attribute the descent of tissues to be based on the natural phenomenon of bone resorption.
We do know that genetics, lifestyle habits like cigarette smoking, and excess sun damage can accelerate facial aging.
At any rate, and whatever may cause your face to become wrinkled, lined, and sunken over time, cosmetic surgery seeks to correct those changes.
Using various procedures like the popular facelift, skin resurfacing, and non-surgical techniques like the non-surgical facelift, cosmetic surgeons can reverse the signs of aging. How many years they can reverse is subjective, but dramatic improvements are possible.
Let’s look at all the things we do know about facial aging, and how it’s possible to help you look younger using one or more aesthetic techniques.
What Factors Contribute to Facial Aging?
Sunlight is one of the major contributors to facial aging.
Catch too many rays and you leave yourself open to developing sunspots, wrinkles, dilated capillaries, and skin cancer.
Smoking is bad for your health and can cause premature aging. The ingredients contained in the average cigarette permeate your skin, causing a loss of collagen, and eventually skin wrinkling.
Smoking also slows blood flow to the skin. This keeps nutrients from being able to nourish your skin cells and remove toxins.
Not drinking enough fresh water daily can keep your skin from achieving a healthy glow. You will also fail to properly lubricate your joints, muscles, and organs.
When you are in a constant state of dehydration, you leave yourself open to ruddy skin and various skin conditions, including eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Dehydration also makes fine lines and wrinkled skin more apparent.
Repetitive Facial Expressions
Believe it or not, making the same face all the time can lead to facial lines.
It makes sense. When you make a facial expression, you are contracting certain muscles, which can cause the skin to crease.
Repeating the same expression over several years can make these lines in your facial skin permanent.
If you want to retain a youthful look, you might think twice about imbibing with alcohol.
Drinking wine, spirits, and beer dehydrates your skin. Over time, dehydration can lead to skin damage.
Drink too much and too often and you can begin to look older than your chronological years.
Being a couch potato is bad for your health and skin.
Not using your muscles causes them to atrophy.
Being lazy also causes a decline in cellular health, which can contribute to your face looking much older than you would prefer.
Processed foods, sweets, and sugary sodas offer little in the way of nutrition.
These foods can cause inflammation, which can lead to a host of ailments, and contribute to greater aging on the face.
Your body does most of its healing while you are asleep.
Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling worn out and looking the same.
Your body won’t run as efficiently with inferior quality sleep, and that includes down at the cellular level.
Drinking too much caffeine, especially later in the day, can further destroy your natural sleep patterns, leading to uneven facial skin.
When life becomes too much, the body tends to react.
Being stressed out causes your muscles to contract and your adrenal system to work overtime.
This can have horrible effects on the quality of your skin, including on your face.
What are the Signs of Facial Aging?
When we are young, our complexion practically glows with youthful vigor.
Age tends to create another, less pleasing, effect.
Growing older can leave your skin looking uneven with dark spots and flaky skin.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
At some point, the skin of the face begins to produce less collagen and retains less moisture. This is part of the natural aging process.
These effects can cause permanent lines and wrinkles to form on the forehead, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth.
Once the skin has lost collagen and elastin, sagginess tends to occur.
Sagginess that reaches the jawline and under the chin is commonly called jowls.
When the sag occurs around the eyes and forehead, you begin to look to others like an older, more exhausted version of yourself.
Growing older (and wiser) causes your facial anatomy to go through a number of visible changes.
A loss of collagen and a decrease in bone density can cause your facial proportions to shift.
This is why older faces tend to appear thinner.
The loss of tissues can also cause the face to appear sunken-in.
How Does Cosmetic Surgery Correct Facial Aging?
Anti-aging advancements have paved the way for a number of cosmetic enhancements meant to give you smoother, younger skin.
Injectable Neurotoxin for Crow’s Feet and Expression Lines
You may have heard of Botox, but this is only one brand name in an entire line of neurotoxins. Dysport is another brand you may have heard about.
These painless injections can be administered in mere minutes.
The anti-aging effects take about three to five days to manifest.
Once you see the results, you’ll experience fewer creases and fine lines in the treatment area.
Eyelid Lift and Brow Lift for Saggy Facial Skin
When you notice droopy skin around your eyes and on your forehead, there are two procedures you might consider.
The results of surgery will not only make you look younger but also well-rested and refreshed.
Facelift Surgery Can Reverse Years from Your Face
Facelift surgery was one of the top five cosmetic surgeries in the year 2020 and for good reason.
During the surgery, excess fat is removed from the face while underlying tissues are tightened.
The sutures are placed in camouflaged locations to hide scarring once you are fully healed.
Results from facelift surgery allow for natural-looking results that last longer than they did in past decades.
The ideal time for a facelift is the moment you notice deposits forming on your face, or fine lines becoming deeper entrenched, especially around your eyes and mouth.
Facelift surgeries come with high rates of satisfaction among patients and costs around $8,500.
The anti-aging procedure is popular with both men and women.
Are There Non-Surgical Methods to Correct Facial Aging?
When you’re not ready to commit to cosmetic surgery, there is still hope for your aging facial skin.
Injectable fillers go by names like Restylane and Juvederm, to name only two.
A series of injections in strategic areas can restore your facial shape and add volume to your skin.
The simple and effective treatment is ideal for treating fine lines, acne scars, and issues of facial asymmetry.
Renuvion for Skin Tightening
Renuvion is known as a subdermal skin tightening procedure.
The procedure and recovery are quick, and the procedure is known to leave you with immediately tighter skin.
Renuvion resurfaces and rejuvenates the facial skin and can help reverse the jowl effect.
Small incisions are made, which function as entry points for the reunion device.
A lidocaine solution is inserted beforehand to aid with discomfort.
This is the procedure to choose when you want firmer and smoother-looking skin.
Insta-Lift Non-Surgical Facelift
This technique (also referred to as the Silhouette InstaLift) is an FDA-approved facelift procedure that aims to contour the face and reverse the signs of aging.
The cosmetic procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive.
The InstaLift is ideal when you want your face lifted and the contours realigned to appear more youthful.
The technique uses an innovative thread technology that targets the underlying layers of facial skin. This stimulates collagen production, leaving your skin refreshed.
Skin Resurfacing for Anti-Aging on the Face
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is a powerful laser technology that helps to reverse the aging process.
When used on the face, the cosmetic procedure makes your skin tighter while causing wrinkles to disappear.
The downtime feels like you’ve just had a sunburn and diminishes over time.
You may require several sessions, which are spaced out in six-month intervals.
Lumecca IPL Skin Rejuvenation
This treatment is excellent for correcting sun damage, redness, and skin pigment irregularities.
Lumecca can also help with acne scarring, vascular lesions, and dark spots.
The treatment can be completed in one or two sessions and involves cooling technology, making it safer than other cosmetic treatments.
Lumecca IPL is also painless. There are no incisions and, thus, no scarring.
The procedure uses a handheld wand that emits Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
Your skin becomes smoother, clearer, and more radiant after just one treatment.
Fractora Skin Renovation and Scar Treatment
This resurfacing and subdermal coagulation treatment can boost your complexion while correcting skin irregularities.
The technique uses bipolar radiofrequency at various depths under the skin via a series of pin electrodes attached to a handheld wand.
When applied to the facial skin, the treatment areas become heated, which leads to rejuvenation and contraction of the skin.
The results will leave you wrinkle-free with radiantly youthful skin.
Make Skin Care Part of Your Daily Routine
Age will eventually come for us all.
While we think you look terrific just the way you are, you can take steps to ensure your skin always looks its best.
The first step is to cease any behaviors that may contribute to advanced facial aging.
Go back through the factors we discussed earlier that may cause you to look older and do the opposite.
You don’t have to quit them all today but take baby steps. Over time, you may find yourself:
- Avoiding too much sun
- Ceasing smoking cigarettes
- Drinking more water
- Easing your facial expressions
- Eliminating or reducing alcohol consumption
- Getting more exercise
- Eating better
- Sleeping more soundly
- Reducing your stress
If you can manage to make the above habits, you’ll be well on your way to looking younger and more refreshed.
You can take the next steps by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moein for one or more cosmetic procedures.
Are You Ready to Look Younger? Schedule a Private Consultation Today
At Moein Surgical Arts, we have a variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic options to help people throughout Southern California look younger. Dr. Moein and his professional team take an integrated approach to your satisfaction and wellness. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Moein by calling us at (310)694-4486. Ask about our medical tourism program for those living outside the L.A. area.