Understanding the Aging Process in Your Face

While it’s true that with age comes experience, it’s also true that with age come many changes to the face.

Aging gracefully is wonderful, but to do that, you need to have a good understanding of how the aging process works in the face so you can take effective countermeasures where needed.

Here’s a brief overview of how your face changes as you age, and what you can do about it, courtesy of the expert team at Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland.

How your face ages

You may be surprised, but your face can actually begin aging when you’re 20 years old, and continue for the rest of your life. 

The pace and extent of the aging varies from person to person, but you can generally expect the soft tissues in your face (muscles, fat, connective tissue) to begin to fall due to gravity.

For example, the fat in your face is fairly evenly distributed when you’re young, but as you age, it loses volume and shifts downward. Skin that used to be smooth and tight becomes loose and saggy, while the lower parts of your face (such as the chin and neck) also get more baggy.

Your skin also develops more wrinkles as you age. Some wrinkles result from facial muscles creasing the skin over time, while others are due to the movement of fat, sun damage, or smoking.

You can also experience facial bone loss as you get older, which can change the structure, contours, and dimensions of your face. 

How you can treat changes

If your goal is to keep your face looking as young as possible even as you age, you have several options available. You can always go the surgical route to remove fat and lift skin, but face-lifts are invasive and expensive.

Other options that are accessible include creams and lotions to improve the appearance of your skin and reduce wrinkles. Botox® injections can help smooth out your skin by immobilizing muscles, and dermal fillers can fill in spaces created when you lose fat and collagen.

Laser treatments can remove spots, resurface your skin, and stimulate collagen production. At Melanie Adams Dermatology, we also offer Pelleve®, which uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate production of collagen and elastin that makes your skin look smooth and supple again.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to control the signs of aging on your face, schedule an appointment with Melanie Adams Dermatology by calling our office or using the Request Appointment link on our website.

No matter how old your skin might make you feel, our services can help you look and feel young again!

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