What You Should Know about the Aging Process

What You Should Know about the Aging Process

Treatments for Facial Aging

An important factor in choosing the right facial rejuvenation or skin care treatment is understanding what your needs are in the first place. Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles believes in educating her patients so they can make the right choices when it comes to facial rejuvenation. In this blog post, she breaks down the aging process and shares tips and procedures to treat facial aging.

Understanding How Your Face Ages

The natural aging process affects four major components of the facial structure:

Bone. Bone mass and density decrease as we age, causing the eyes to appear hollow, the cheeks to look sunken and depressions to form around the mouth.

Fat. Fat is important in sustaining that full, cherub-like appearance that is associated with youth. Over time, the fat cells in the face shrink, causing the face to look thinner, hollow and older. Fat may also become displaced, causing fat pads to accumulate under the chin or eyes.

Muscle. As time goes by, your muscles lose tone and can no longer properly support skin and fat, causing them to sag.

Skin. Over time, the body produces less collagen and elastin, two proteins that are responsible for the skin’s firm and elastic quality that is most apparent in your 20s and 30s. The decrease in collagen and elastin causes the skin to sag, enhancing the appearance of wrinkles and creases.

Good Skin Care Habits Matter

Everyone ages differently due to a number of factors, including genetics. But while nothing can be done about your genes, there are several factors you can control to slow down the aging process. This includes practicing good skin care habits — applying sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly and using the right skin care products. Bad lifestyle habits such as smoking and unprotected sun exposure can lead to premature wrinkles and fine lines. These habits can also rob the skin of its elastic quality and cause it to sag. While good skin care habits are important at any age, the earlier the better; following a good skin care regimen in your 20s can help you prolong your youthful appearance for decades to come.

Non-surgical Procedures Can Minimize Signs of Aging

In addition to good skin care, non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers can target wrinkles and lines before or as soon as they begin to surface on the skin. Skin treatments like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are popular among adults of various ages, but particularly those in their 20s and 30s who wish to minimize lines, wrinkles and other sun damage without surgery or downtime.

Surgical Procedures Can Take Years Off Your Appearance

Once signs of aging have become more pronounced, surgical enhancement becomes a more suitable option. Facelift continues to be the gold standard in facial rejuvenation as it addresses various aging signs including loose skin, displaced fat, lines, and wrinkles in the middle and lower facial areas. Eyelid surgery is used to eliminate loose, excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids for a more refreshed and energetic look. The procedures can be performed solo or in conjunction with each other or other procedures to achieve more comprehensive results.

Look and Feel Great At Any Age

The best way to determine which facial rejuvenation or skin care treatment is best for you is by meeting with a trusted plastic surgeon, like Dr. Margoles. To schedule a consultation with her, contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 or emailing us today.

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