Signs of aging

Are wrinkles the only thing that make you look tired and old? Are anti wrinkle injections alone enough to help you stay looking young and vibrant?

Dr Bernard Leung explains the signs of aging and what is happening to your face.

Whilst most people think of wrinkles as the primary manifestation of facial aging, the reality is a lot more complex. The aging process affects the entire facial structure, including skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles and facial bones. So for those that think just removing your wrinkles will turn back the clock, it may not be the entire answer you are looking for.

What are the signs of Aging?

To summarise the signs of aging, there are essentially 4 things that happen to our face as you age.

  1. Volume loss due to thinning of subcutaneous fat: There are a number of fat pads in our face. As we age these fat pads shrink causing volume loss, dark circles, tired looking eyes or a sunken hollow looking appearance.
  2. Shrinkage of facial bones: The facial skeleton shrinks with age. This causes the upper and lower jaw to shrink and the eye sockets and the nasal cavity to enlarge.
  3. Sagging: The combined effect of everything shrinking is decreased support for the skin. In many ways, this is akin to someone wearing the same sized clothes after weight loss, the clothes will not drape properly and will hang loose. The result; more prominent nasolabial folds, jowls, sagging lower face and eyelids start to droop.
  4. Skin changes: The amount of collagen and elastin decreases with age. This can lead to the development of wrinkles and fine lines. Sun damage also contributes to many signs of skin aging. This can cause rough and scaly patches of skin, brown spots or dilated capillaries and diffuse redness.

So, whilst improving wrinkles with anti wrinkle injections will help, it does not address all of the factors that contribute to your aged appearance. In our next article, Dr Bernard Leung will explain what you can do to address all of these concerns.