Basic Facial Aging
Everyone ages differently and at a different rate. The aging process may be slowed or accelerated by a number of factors, including genetics, facial structure, and lifestyle. Despite the uniqueness of physical aging, similar patterns are common among people who live a generally healthy lifestyle. Even if you’re genetically predisposed to retain your youth for longer than most people, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging will inevitably sneak up on you. Aging can’t be stopped altogether, but prevention combined with cosmetic procedures later in life can help keep you looking young and fresh. Let’s take a look at how aging often progresses throughout the years.
Though this is the stage of life when skin generally looks fresh, glowing, youthful, and wrinkle-free, bad habits during this period can set the stage for accelerated aging in the future. Though the effects of unhealthy habits like smoking, excessive drinking, or tanning may not become apparent immediately, these habits will have a major negative impact on future skin quality and youth retention.
Though some people elect to have “preventative” Botox treatments during their twenties, it is unknown whether or not these treatments actually do prevent future wrinkle formation. Aside from occasional in-depth skincare, the best way to deal with looming aging during this time is a healthy lifestyle and natural prevention, including the use of sunscreen.
Signs of aging often start to emerge as early as the thirties. Fine lines in the forehead, deepening nasolabial folds, and the beginnings of crow’s feet and sagging eyelids start to show. Many people begin using facial fillers or Botox, and some try other treatments, such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or even minor surgical procedures, such as a mini facelift or brow lift.
Fortunately, signs of aging during this time are typically quite mild and may be de-emphasized or ignored. As always, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help keep more serious aging at bay.
The forties are when signs of aging start to become more noticeable. Skin may appear less dewy and fresh, taking on a dull or rough complexion that can lead to looking unhealthy and tired. Skin starts to lose elasticitymay begin to sag and shift downward. A double chin or the beginning of jowls may develop, as will deeper facial lines and wrinkles. Even the tip of the nose might start shifting downward.
This is the time of life when many people start thinking about plastic surgery. Botox and fillers, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, resurfacing, and mini facelifts are common among this age group.
Well into true middle age, the fifties and sixties bring on more of the same, with collagen in the skin breaking down further, causing the skin to thin and lose elasticity. Along with these changes to the skin comes sagging fat and skin which can cause pockets under the eyes and chin. Wrinkles are more difficult to control with fillers, due to the general skin quality.
During this time period, many people look to more in-depth or combination procedure, such as facelifts, neck lifts, eyelid surgery, or even rhinoplasty for drooping noses.
Seventies and Beyond
Despite lifestyle choices, there comes a certain point when only so much improvement can be made in the aging face. During this period, many people seek plastic surgery refreshment, which must be seriously discussed with a qualified surgeon as surgery at an advanced age can be dangerous and the patient must be in exceptional health for his or her age to consider a cosmetic procedure.
Ways to Help Prolong Youth
One of the best ways to maintain a youthful appearance is to make sure you are taking care of yourself properly throughout your life. Avoid habits such as smoking(which accelerates aging at an alarming rate), and take care to protect your skin from the elements by using sunscreen and moisturizers. Begin a skincare regimen if you haven’t already. Always maintain a healthy diet, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and monitor your health. If you follow these guidelines you should find you look and feel great. If your family is prone to early aging, consider looking into plastic surgery for the future, and seek advice on planning your future treatments.
If you’re considering any type of facial plastic surgery, the first step to take is to research the procedure you are interested in having. After you have decided what type of surgery may be right for you, it’s time to start researching surgeons and scheduling consultations. Keep an open mind during these consultations, and be sure to bring a list of questions and concerns with you to your appointments. Only consult with well-respected, board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in facial surgery and give you knowledgeable, respectful, and honest advice.
If you’d like to learn more about anti-aging procedures and find out if you’re a good candidate for plastic surgery, Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto offers expert surgical results and knowledgeable advice. Call 416.438.2499to set up your appointment, and browse Dr. Mounsey’s website to learn more about the facial plastic surgery procedures offered at Revesse.