For women and men alike, looking young and healthy for as long as possible is very desirable. Genetics play a role in how we all age, but lifestyle choices are also a major factor that cause some people to age must faster than others. By being able to detect the early signs of aging, it is possible to work towards slowing the aging process. There are many treatments available that can rejuvenate skin and help it maintain its elasticity and youthful glow for much longer. When signs of aging have already become quite apparent, there is no need to worry. More intensive procedures and modern technology can work wonders even with deep wrinkles and other more noticeable signs of aging. Below are the main signs of aging to look out for and how to manage them.
FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
Fine lines are extremely common under the eyes, around the mouth and across the forehead. Usually first showing up in a person’s early twenties, these lines can become deeper and more noticeable over time. Of course, they appear in the first place due to making common facial expression such as smiling or frowning. In fact, frowning causes more areas on your face to move and can reinforce wrinkles much faster than smiling will. Although fine lines and wrinkles are a normal part of aging, they don’t have to become a main feature of your face. Often, good habits such as wearing sunscreen, removing makeup at night, and drinking enough water are enough to slow their development. However, if you already have good habits and you are noticing crows feet and deep lines around your mouth every time you laugh or smile, adding Botox to your beauty regime can prevent these areas from creasing further. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles so that the skin can smooth out on its own. For deeper wrinkles around the mouth or on the forehead, Juvederm injections are an excellent choice. Fillers are injected under the skin to help support the skin on your face so that wrinkles are less prominent.
ELASTICITY AND HYDRATION
Over time, skin naturally becomes less elastic and can be prone to sagging. Common areas for facial sagging are under the chin and the cheek area along with the sides of the face. The reason why skin becomes less elastic as we age is due to the loss of collagen and elastin. Younger people naturally produce more of both, but eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help your body continue to produce collagen and elastin for longer. Of course, drinking enough water also helps keep your skin plump and healthy and can prevent sagging. Dehydrated skin is also prone to wrinkles and dryness, both of which can make you look older. There are numerous creams available to help promote collagen and elastin in your skin, but once sagging has already happened, surgical procedures are usually the best option to regain a youthful appearance. In some cases, sagging in the face is caused by rapid weight gain and loss. A rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, can tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles at the same time.
SUN DAMAGE AND AGE SPOTS
After many summers enjoying the beautiful weather, our skin pays the price. Every time we get a tan or sunburn, the skin is damaged slightly and needs excellent nutrition and hydration to recover. Some damage from the sun will be permanent. Sun damage usually causes dryness or peeling, which can exacerbate wrinkles and will speed up their development. Dark spots are also a result of sun damage, known as hyperpigmentation. This occurs when the melanin produced by our skin makes certain areas appear darker in a permanent way, which can cause a person to look older. Laser skin treatments can help remove these dark spots and skin fillers such as Juvederm and treatments such as Botox can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by the sun.
As people age, their body replaces skin cells less and less frequently. As a result, damaged skin is not repaired as quickly and damage and wrinkles become more prominent. Skin tone can also become dull and dry looking since old cells are not replaced by new ones as frequently. This is why it is important to take better care of our skin as we age. Procedures such as microdermabrasion and laser therapy can cause new skin cells to generate, which greatly improves skin tone. Healthy skin cells are sure to give your face that youthful glow you have been missing.
By noticing the seven signs of aging, making lifestyle changes is possible. For any damage that simple hydration and improved daily choices cannot fix, there are minimally invasive procedures that can help your skin look its best. Botox and Juvederm are common in patients as young as 25 years old and can preserve the natural, healthy appearance of skin. The gold standard in improving a sagging face and deep wrinkles is a facelift, but injections can still have impressive results in the meantime.