Unfortunately ageing is inevitable and it happens to all of us. Gravity takes charge. Our skin’s tone and texture changes; muscles begin to lose tone, move and become less defined; and we lose fat from the middle of our face, which can cause our face to look sunken, dull and tired. In addition, our facial skeleton, the platform that all these overlying layers sit on, tends to shrink. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we can help correct the signs of facial aging using great skincare, dermal fillers and Botox.
Collagen support keeps your skin supple and gives you a healthy glow. During your 20’s collagen production is at its best, and the subcutaneous fat pads (under your skin) are full and firm, providing volume, giving a plump and refreshed look. How you care for your skin now will determine how it looks later on, so make sure you’re on a good skincare regime, and are using a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. From the age of 25, there is an approximate 1% annual decrease in collagen, just one of the ‘building blocks’ of our skin. Together with a decline in elastin, this leads to dermal tissue disorganisation
When we get to our 30’s and 40’s collagen and elastin production levels slowdown, which causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear. Collagen and elastin are essential for our skin to remain plump and full of bounce. Hyperpigmentation, such as Melasma, which are brown patches that often occur on the forehead, cheeks, and chin, may become a concern for women in their thirties.
As well as decreasing levels of Hyaluronic acid, which provide the skin volume and moisture, the fat pads beneath our skin also tend to sag, shift and decrease in size. This can cause facial volume loss and a more sunken and tired appearance. This is most evident around the cheek fat pads, which start to descend, resulting in nasolabial lines (the two skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth). Heaviness is more apparent in the lower face, chin and jowls (jaw line).
This facial aging process - of your skin, muscle, fat pads and bone, combined, can give you a tired, slimmer, and more angular appearance...and the image you see in the mirror appears a little more tired and a little older. This is when dermal fillers and Botox can assist in the rejuvenation process by adding volume under the skin to smooth out the canvas and give more youthful appearance, while softening lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers restore lost volume and once treated, the results can last from 12-24 months, although it does vary from person to person.