As we age, the structures of our face change, not just the quality of our skin, but also the underlying support, including the skull, muscles and fat! This causes the face to shrink in some places, fat and muscle descend with gravity and the skin having become thinner and less elastic, no longer ‘fits’; all these factors conspire to create that sagging, drooping appearance of the older face.
When the skin’s elasticity declines, instead of bouncing back to its original position after various facial expressions, lines and wrinkles will start to appear and stay in place as a permanent feature.
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, can be used to address the key factors and features of an ageing face. By restoring lost volume in the mid face, and youthful contours on the cheeks, temples and jawline, the face appears lifted. Dermal fillers are the treatment of choice for this result, but for some patients, results can be achieved with ‘thread lifting’ procedures. For those who prefer not to have injections, skin tightening and muscle tightening treatments using radio frequency or ultrasound may be a good option. For more information on dermal fillers please click here.
Having improved the contours of the face, lines and wrinkles may be further improved with dermal fillers, or wrinkle relaxants such as botulinum toxin (commonly referred to as Botox) injections which work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting and creating expression lines such as the frown crease or crow’s feet. For more information on botulinum toxin please click here.