Understanding the Aging Face: What to Expect and How to Prevent Premature Aging

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The face is one of the most telling features of a person’s age. As we get older, our faces start to lose the youthful glow and reveal the telltale signs of aging. Jowls form, skin thins, and wrinkles become more pronounced. But with today’s minimally invasive techniques, you don’t have to just sit back and accept these changes. You can take steps to correct them and even prevent them from happening in the first place! In this article, we will discuss what to expect as your face ages and how you can take action to keep yourself looking young and beautiful for years to come!


What Defines a Youthful Face?

A natural glow, plump and full cheeks, and a V-shaped face. The proportion of a youthful face is a key factor in its appearance: the upper lip to nose ratio should be one third, while the lower lip to chin ratio should be two thirds. 

How Does the Face Age?

With age, the youthful proportion gradually changes until it reaches a one-to-one ratio. This happens as the facial bones get reabsorbed, and your face loses its length, and gets wider and broader, turning into an inverted V-shape.

Also, our bone and cartilage structure changes. This is why our eyes sink in, our ears get longer, and our forehead widens. We also begin to lose volume in our face. In the aging face, fat cells are no longer supple, and the fat tissues shift downwards. The aging face loses collagen and its elasticity and sinks downwards, which is how jowls form. Furthermore, our skin gets thinner, duller, and greyer. Inflammatory changes start to show, and we develop conditions like rosacea, eczema and sensitivities. Age spots also begin to form from sun damage. Finally, wrinkles start to show up. All of these changes can make us look like a different person as we age. 

I know aging suddenly sound grim, but there are ways to prevent premature aging.


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Ways To Prevent Premature Aging

There are many ways to prevent premature aging, or at least slow it down. 

  • A healthy diet is key to maintaining youthful skin. Antioxidants are important for preventing cell damage and can be found in colorful fruits and vegetables like berries, tomatoes, and leafy greens. Omega-three fatty acids help to keep the skin supple and prevent inflammation. Foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are great sources of omega-three fatty acids.
  • It’s also important to protect your skin from the sun. Ultraviolet rays can damage the skin and lead to premature aging. Always use sunscreen, even on cloudy days, and try to wear protective clothing when you’re outdoors.
  • Plenty of exercise, and sleep are important for overall health, and can also help to prevent premature aging. Exercise helps to improve circulation, which gives the skin a healthy glow. It also helps to flush out toxins from the body. Sleep is when our bodies recover from the day, and it’s important to get enough rest so that our bodies can repair any damage that has been done.
  • Using a good medical grade retinol cream can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while using an antioxidant serum can help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Frequent exfoliation can also help to improve the appearance of your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing new, fresh skin.
  • Wrinkle relaxers like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or New Tox can help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Fillers  like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse or Sculptra can help to restore volume and plump up the skin.
  • PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a new treatment that uses your own blood to improve the appearance of your skin.

There are many options available to help you achieve and maintain youthful looking skin. It’s important to consult with a board-certified physician to find out what would work best for you.


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