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Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age

Women often ask me to look at their face and tell them what I see as signs of aging.  I love loaded questions!  Many women don’t know what exactly it is that makes them look older, they just know they see age on their faces in the mirror.  Almost 90% of aging is due to sun damage.  So please start wearing sunblock everyday! (It makes a great base for mineral make-up, or if you like make-up free, get a tinted moisturizer with SPF).  Coming blogs will explain what to do about these factors!

These changes are sequential and predictable!

Starting at 25…

Beginning in your mid-twenties, the rate of skin cell renewal actually slows. As this happens, your skin becomes thinner which makes it more prone to damaging environmental elements like the sun, harsh weather conditions, and pollution, which causes it to develop a dull, rough, or uneven texture. In addition, the network of collagen and elastin fibers that is so important to maintaining the skin’s structure and elasticity breaks down and slowly diminishes, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin. Lastly, lipids that form a barrier against water loss in the stratum corneum break down in response to changing hormone levels. The skin’s moisture barrier becomes leaky, allowing water to escape the skin, which may cause your skin to become drier with age.

When you’re younger you have a triangular shape face, and as you age, it becomes more trapezoidal.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles occur because of the damage the sun inflicts on our skin’s collagen and elastin matrix. The sun breaks down that matrix, leaving skin thinner, saggier, and less able to regain its former, tighter contour.  The skin falls into the crevice of muscle fibers which forms the wrinkle.  Muscle movement does not cause wrinkles, but it does contribute to forming them. 

Nasolabial Folds

Gravity pulls the skin and causes it to sag, creating folds in the face.  First they increase in prominence, then they become deeper.  If you look at your face in the mirror you will see one side has deeper folds than the other.  This is from the gravity that occurs as we sleep.  Because most of us are side sleepers, the deeper side is the one that is opposite the side we sleep on.  Look in the mirror.  Is this true for you?

Mouth Area

The cupid’s bow becomes less defined as the upper lip flattens and lengthens.  The lips become thinner, and the corners start to turn down, making the appearance of a permanent scowl.  This scowl continues to increase in recognizably as marionette (puppet) lines form and a pre-jowl depression becomes more prominent.  Vertical lines begin to form (called rhytids) around the mouth.

Cheek Volume

One sign of aging that women often don’t notice is the loss of volume in their cheeks.  We loose fat in our face (and I think it travels to other fun places).  This also contributes to making naso-labial folds look deeper.  Check out Cheek Augmentation with Radiesse: A Personal Experience.

Eye Area

Gravity.  Fat pads from gravity slide out from the eye area and begin to bulge the skin beneath the eye.  The skin above the eye begins to sag and cover the top lid.

Age Spots

Also known as hyper-pigmentation or photoaging, is caused by over production of melanin in the skin.  This is from sun damaging your cell’s DNA.

Laura Kimberley

Laura is a Registered Nurse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts specializing in non-invasive and minimal invasive aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laura has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston in Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiac Critical Care, holding many certifications within the field. In 2009, she left to pursue her passion for aesthetics. Laura is a Certified Advanced Cosmetic Injector by American Aesthetics Institute and a Member of the American Medical Aesthetic Professionals. She is an accomplished writer and speaker on aesthetics and anti-aging technology. Passionate about teaching, Laura spent a year as an instructor of Basic Botox and Filler courses. She works with many different organizations and volunteer groups focused on women’s health and women in business. Laura also does nonprofit work with patients suffering from lipoatrophy. Her objective is to provide multifaceted techniques to help people achieve individual beauty goals.

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