HOW HAS YOUR FACE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Talk to our team of medical aesthetic specialists about the signs of facial aging you see. Ask about a full-face assessment with us. We can then help you decide on the right treatments to achieve the results you are looking for.

UNDERSTANDING HOW THE STRUCTURAL CHANGES OF THE FACE

Facial aging goes deeper than wrinkles and folds. As we mature and our facial volume diminishes, the shape of our face undergoes significant changes. This leads to the formation of shadows and folds and the diminishing of youthful contours. Enhancing your knowledge about the changes your face undergoes with age can help you understand the most suitable treatments to address your specific concerns.

TRIANGLE OF YOUTH

During our younger years, our facial features were distinct and sharply contoured. This is often referred to as the Triangle of Youth. At this stage, there is structural support, muscle balance, and full skin elasticity. This gives a youthful appearance. As we age, this triangle will start to invert.

THE TRIANGLE OF YOUTH AND THE INVERTED TRIANGLE

Aging does not only manifest as lines and wrinkles on the surface but also beneath the skin. Every layer of the facial structure, encompassing skin, fat pads, muscles, and bone, exhibits signs of aging.

INVERTED TRIANGLE

As we age, changes occur in the facial bones and soft tissues, such as muscles, can descend due to gravity, leading to sagging and drooping skin. The facial fat pads will change in size and shift position. The fat pads under the chin may become more noticeable, creating a "double chin" or a fuller appearance between the neck and chin.

This phenomenon, where the lower face becomes fuller, is often referred to as the Pyramid of Age, where there is an accumulation of volume loss, muscle overactivity, tissue descent, and skin laxity.

GENETICS OF AGING

Aging is a highly individual process.

Genetics of aging
  • Genetics plays a significant role. The way your parents' age might offer insights into how your facial features might change over time.

  • Lifestyle factors

    Lifestyle factors like sun exposure, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and stress can heavily influence the onset and speed of aging. These elements can determine not just when aging signs start appearing, but also the rate at which they progress.

GENETICS OF AGING

Genetics of aging

Aging is a highly individual process.

  • Genetics plays a significant role. The way your parents' age might offer insights into how your facial features might change over time.
  • Lifestyle factors like sun exposure, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and stress can heavily influence the onset and speed of aging. These elements can determine not just when aging signs start appearing, but also the rate at which they progress.

FACIAL FAT PADS AND AGING

Facial fat pads, nestled beneath the skin's surface, play a crucial role in providing facial volume and maintaining facial structure. During the aging process, these fat pads can change in size and shift downwards. This change can alter the natural fullness of youth. As a result, hollows may develop under the eyes, and the descent of the tissue can lead to more pronounced lines around the nose and mouth. Additionally, sagging skin can create a sagging jawline, leading to the development of jowls and cumulating in a "double chin." The diminishing and downward migration of fat pads can also give the face a deflated, sunken appearance, in the cheek area.

This phenomenon, where the lower face becomes fuller, is often referred to as the Pyramid of Age, where there is an accumulation of volume loss, muscle overactivity, tissue descent, and skin laxity.

MUSCLES AND AGING

Beneath the facial fat pads lie our facial muscles. They are engaged during dynamic facial movements like frowning, smiling, squinting, and chewing. With age, repeated muscle movements with the loss of elasticity of the skin can result in pronounced dynamic wrinkles. This accounts for the development of crow's feet at the outer edges of the eyes, frown lines, forehead lines, and more.

Over time, facial muscles and ligaments also weaken. This loss of muscle tone, along with thinner skin, can lead to a lax, drooping appearance of the face. The jawline's definition diminishes, and our overall facial profile becomes less distinct.

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BONES AND AGING

Facial bones form the structural base for our muscles, fat pads, and skin. They define our unique facial shape. A youthful facial bone structure is characterized by full temples, elevated cheeks, well-supported mid-face, well-defined brow bones, and fuller areas around the eyes.

As we age, we undergo a loss of facial bone structure, which leads to an overall shape change in our faces. This bone loss results in sunken areas around the eyes, a reduction in the angle of the brow bone, sunken cheeks 以及 mid-face, and a less defined jawline.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS TO ADDRESS SIGNS OF AGING

Understanding the multi-layered impact of aging is crucial to the development of an appropriate treatment plan. Our professional team at Sparrow MD can help you address the changes occurring at the various tissue planes, including the bone, muscles, fat pads, and skin. This can then help you make an informed decision on a comprehensive treatment plan.

Our full range of facial aesthetic treatments aims to restore age-related facial volume loss, correct muscle imbalance, stimulate collagen and elastin growth, and maintain skin health. Tailored treatment plans should always take into consideration your unique facial structure, genetics, and the individual aging process.

Learn more about how our treatments can help you feel more confident in your skin. Book a consultation today to start on your self-care journey.

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