Aging, which can begin as early as our 20’s, is an individualized process with factors such as health, diet, sun exposure, and genetics. With genetics playing possibly the biggest role. Looking to our mothers may provide a glimpse into how our faces may change over time.
The Triangle of Youth
In our youth, facial features are defined and well contoured. High cheekbones, full cheeks, and a defined jawline are commonly described as the triangle of youth.
How the Triangle Inverts
It’s not just about the lines and wrinkles, but also the aging that occurs beneath the skin. Signs of aging exist at every layer of the facial structure. Over time, we begin to lose facial volume, the contour of the face changes, causing shadow patterns to develop, while youthful highlights fade. Facial bone changes, soft tissues deflate due to gravity, and skin sags and droops downward. Facial fat-pads shift causing fullness between the neck and chin referred to as jowling. We’re going to see these changes, layer by layer, cause our youthful triangle inverts.
Youthful skin is soft, supple, smooth, and well hydrated. As we age, we lose moisture, collagen, and elastin which can lead to sagging. Sagging skin can
then lead to dynamic and static wrinkles.
Fat-Pads and Aging
Fat pads are located below the skin’s surface and help provide volume, facial contours, and fullness. A we age, fat pads get thinner and descend, which may cause:•Less firm and sunken face compared to our youth
•Hollows begin to form beneath the eyes
•Lines around the nose and mouth
•Increased fullness under the chin
Muscles and Aging
Our facial muscles lie beneath our facial fat-pads. As we age, loss of facial fat, combined with gravity and repetitive muscle activities
can lead to deep wrinkles in the face. As a result,
we see more:
•Folds around nose and mouth
•Fine lines around the lips
•Marionette lines on the chin
Fat muscles weaken over time giving the face a loose, sagging appearance. Our jawline loses its contour, and our chin profile becomes less defined.
Age-Related Facial Bone Loss
Facial bones provide the foundation for muscles, fat-pads, and skin. It gives us our unique facial shape and contour. Facial bone loss can lead to:
•Larger, more sunken eye area
•Loss of lip projection
•Less defined chin
Changes in the skeletal structure combined with falling of skin and soft tissues may result in marionette lines and less defined jaw. The chin typically becomes less pronounced giving the appearance of saggy neck skin.
Advances in facial aesthetics allow us to restore the triangle of youth with a natural look.
The following treatments can be used as individual solutions or a customized treatment plan to target each point of the “triangle”:
•PDO Thread Lift
•HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser
Here at REJUV AVE. we offer the best treatment options customized to address your individual concerns and desired aesthetic goals. Contact us now for a complimentary consultation Book online now.