Have you ever looked at a picture of a person when he or she was 20 and compared it to a picture of that same person at age 40, 50, or even older? You can see that there are obvious changes in the person’s appearance, but it can be difficult to decipher exactly what is different about him or her.
As it turns out, there are several distinct changes that take place in the face as a person gets older. Understanding what these changes are and why they happen can help you understand what to do to alter them.
Droopiness or Sagging
When people get older, excess skin in certain areas of the face contributes to droopiness or sagging. For example, in the eye area, there may be excess skin around the upper eyelids, which can make the eyes look hooded or sleepy. In some cases, the droopiness of the upper eyelids is a combination of excess skin and fat, as well as loose muscle tissue. Blepharoplasty, or an upper eyelid lift, is one way to correct droopiness by removing the extra skin, fat, and muscle, as needed, to give a person a brighter, wider-eyed look.
If you’ve ever looked at a person and seen cheeks that look hollow or very noticeable folds around the mouth, you’ve seen droopiness that occurs in the cheek area. When people get older, they tend to lose fat and volume from the cheeks, which makes the skin in that area looser and more saggy. Wrinkles become more apparent and the cheeks tend to have a deflated look.
One temporary way to correct drooping in the cheeks is with a filler such as Juvederm Voluma. Voluma plumps up the cheek area using a thick form of hyaluronic acid. The treatment results tend to last for about two years and can be repeated if desired. A longer-lasting treatment for a loss of volume in the cheek area and related droopiness might be a midface lift, which focuses on tightening loose skin in the cheek area.
The nose can also be subject to the aging process. One feature that can look older as you age is the tip. Often, the tip of the nose begins to droop more as people get older. Although you might not think of rhinoplasty as an anti-aging procedure, there are occasions when it can take years off of your appearance.
While some people have freckles and spots throughout their lives, changes in skin tone and an increase in spotting or hyperpigmentation are generally considered signs of aging. A number of things can lead to discoloration, from the cumulative effects of sun exposure to changes in hormone levels.
Dark spots are just one type of discoloration that can occur as you get older. The skin also tends to lose some of its protective barrier, so it can be more likely to turn red or to look irritated. Sun damage can also contribute to redness.
Another type of discoloration that can develop as you get older is the formation of dark circles beneath the eyes. Dark circles can form for a number of reasons. When aging is part of the equation, a common reason for dark circles is often a thinning of the skin in the undereye area. Some people find that they can minimize the appearance of their dark circles with the use of fillers which are carefully injected into the undereye area by a trained facial plastic surgeon.
The cheeks aren’t the only area of the face to lose fat or volume with age. The lips may also thin as people get older. There are several ways to minimize the look of thin, aging lips or to restore volume.
Currently, a very popular option is to add volume to the lips using hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane. These fillers provide a boost in volume that lasts for about four to six months. How long the fillers last depends in part on the brand and also on the person. Some people metabolize the injectables more quickly so their results don’t last as long. The good news is that you can repeat the injection if you wish to maintain the restored fullness of the lips.
If you look in the mirror and see a person who’s much older than you thought staring back at you, you do have options. Speaking with a board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael Schwartz can help you determine the best treatment option to correct your particular concern. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz at his West Palm Beach, Florida, practice, call 561-228-5888 today.