Aging. It’s completely normal and yet it seems that women especially have it out for the natural phenomenon. Oftentimes your face will reveal how old you are no matter how much you wish it didn’t because the thin skin on your face and neck tend to show the past years’ effects before any other part of your body.
There are some telltale signs that come along with aging. But there are also treatment options that can help to counteract them because maybe you look in the mirror and just wish you could restore the looks of your youth. Let’s take a closer look.
Aging Sign #1: Facial Wrinkles
One of the most obvious signs of aging is wrinkles, which are heavily affected by genetics and secondarily by lifestyle factors. As we age, there’s really no avoiding the development of wrinkles but there are solutions. In your 30s, 40s, and 50s, injectables can be a good option to look years younger. Neuromodulars like Botox and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers like Juvederm add volume back to your face, create angles that may have softened over time, and are a great alternative to cosmetic surgery.
As you get older, facelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and continue to be a highly effective solution to reversing the signs of aging in the mid to lower areas of the face. The surgery can vary from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime facelifts’ to more extensive surgeries in which excess skin is removed, the tissue underneath is tightened, and the skin is redraped on the face and neck. Facelift surgery is used in correcting midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls, and a double chin.
Aging Sign #2: Loss of Facial Volume
As we get older, we lose facial fat, which adds volume to our faces and gives us that youthful appearance. As a result, our skin begins to sag and we develop deep wrinkles, particularly around the mouth and under the eyes.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting and lipoinjection, is a method that’s great for counteracting thinning facial skin and restoring a plump, full face that is indicative of youth. In fat transfer, Dr. Vendetti removes fatty tissue from an area of your body dense with fat cells and reinjects them into an area of your face that needs more volume.
Aging Sign #3: Tooth Loss
An unfortunate sign of aging is the decaying and loss of teeth, especially prominent for smokers. Along with that comes the reluctance to smile and we don’t want that!
Dental implants are a great option for people who find themselves dealing with this common sign of aging. They are designed to look, feel, and function exactly like natural teeth so that when you get them, you can eat virtually anything while still feeling reassured that they look completely natural.
Aging Sign #4: Puffy, Drooping Eyes
Have you noticed that the skin below your brows and eyelid is puffy and that the skin under your eyes seems to droop more than it did in your youth? This tends to happen in one’s mid to late-thirties and it’s an undeniably aggravating sign of aging. But it’s not irreversible.
Eyelid surgery, formally called blepharoplasty, eliminates the puffiness and bags under the lower lids and hood skin on the upper lid, making you appear younger and healthier. And possibly the most advantageous part of this procedure is that the scars will be hidden in your natural eyelid crease, making them indiscernible.
Aging Sign #5: Thin Lips
Just as your facial skin tends to lose volume as you age, your lips will likely do the same. Whether your lips are thinning due to the natural aging process or you were born with naturally thin lips, there are ways to enhance them by restoring soft tissue loss.
A lip augmentation will be a good option for you if you want a permanent solution. Dr. Vendetti also performs non-surgical and less invasive alternatives like adding dermal fillers that can keep your lips plump for months at a time.
Aging Sign #6: Sun-Damaged Skin
Years of exposure to the sun or the harsh rays of tanning beds take quite a toll on your skin, causing sunspots and permanent redness. If you find yourself dealing with these skin issues, chemical peels, photofacial treatment (IPL), and laser skin resurfacing can improve facial blemishes and even your skin tone.
Aging Sign #7: A “Turkey Neck”
Nothing screams your age – or older – quite like a “turkey neck.” This can often develop for individuals in their 50s and 60s, no matter how active you are; the neck is generally the first place to indicate age.
The best treatment option is facial liposuction, a popular procedure designed to remove fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. The process permanently removes fatty tissue from the cheeks, chin, and neck.
Aging Sign #8: Response to Environmental Toxins
Just like the sun can damage the skin, years of exposure to pollution that naturally occurs in such a developed society can contribute to toxic overload. Luckily, it’s not too late to reverse the damage. There are diet and lifestyle factors that play a big role in response to environmental toxins like drinking lots of water, consistently wearing sunscreen, eating clean, and taking care of your skin. Chemical peels offer a treatment option for sun- and toxic-damaged skin.To explore more non-surgical and surgical options to reverse the signs of aging, contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sergio Vendetti. Click here to learn more about his credentials.