Our skin naturally starts to lose its elasticity which will cause wrinkles, and repeated facial expressions, sun exposure, smoking, poor diet and dehydration will all speed up the natural ageing process and cause early wrinkling.
Our skin ages in different ways:
Wrinkles – Skin loses some of its elasticity causing wrinkles and fine lines, the skin becomes thinner and drier and new wrinkles are often found around the neck, eyes, forehead, mouth and lips. Frequent fine motor movements of the face, get repeated over the years, are usually the cause of these lines.
Eye Lines – Wrinkles appear at the outer corners of the eyes, caused by squinting in sunshine, reading in dim light, or looking at the computer screen.
Frown lines – frequent frowning when concentrating or worrying, can cause deep forehead furrows.
Mouth lines – fine lines around the edges of the mouth and lips are usually caused by smoking, pursing the lips or puckering up the lips when drinking through a straw.
Loss of volume
As we get into our 30’s, one of the most dramatic changes to the skin is the loss of collagen. Collagen production starts to diminish over time, leaving fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of skin elasticity. Our skin will start to lose its plumpness because of the loss of fat and tissue under the skin. This lost volume can make the face look gaunt and hollow, especially around the eyes and the cheeks.
Loss in facial volume causes:
- Permanent parentheses lines on the resting face
- Sagging skin after sudden weight loss
- The cheeks flatten over time
- Hollows to appear under the eyes
As we age, our skin loses the collagen and elastin which keeps it looking soft, plump and youthful. Ageing and gravity cause the facial muscles to weaken, which causes the skin to sag a little further down every day.
Sagging skin causes:
- Fine lines and wrinkles forming in the skin.
- Pores in the skin often seem bigger.
- Furrows and crevices start to develop around the eyes, neck and mouth.
- Lack of definition at the jaw line
The natural rate of ageing causes some of our wrinkles, sagging and volume loss, but there are some characteristics of ageing which are completely out of our control; like genetics, anatomy and gravity. However, there are cosmetic procedures available which can help to slow down the ageing process.
Botox – When we relax our facial muscles, lines and wrinkles don’t show up. These signs of facial ageing can easily be reduced or eliminated by botox treatment, resulting in a natural and more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers – The precise placing of fillers gives a natural filled out appearance to the hollows in sunken cheeks and under eye troughs and softens deep grooves, giving you dramatic results.
Accent skin tightening – We can use this as a stand-alone treatment or combined with other treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion to enhance results. These are great ways to tone, tighten and smooth our skin. It gives the skin a rejuvenated firmness with the toned look of youth.