Chances are you’ve heard about Botox® and facial fillers, but knowing what you need to combat the ageing process can often be overwhelming and intimidating. Understanding the ageing process is the most important step in deciding what treatment options to use. So, what actually happens to your face when you age?
How does it age?
Ageing of the face can start as early as 20 and continues throughout your life. How fast your face ages and to what extent differs from person to person. These things typically happen as you age:
- Soft tissues (muscles, fat, connective tissue) fall due to gravity: As you age, loss of collagen in the deep tissues, along with the effects of gravity and repeated activity lead to deep wrinkles in the face.
- Volume loss from fat pads: These are located below the skin’s surface. As you age, they get thinner and descend. Hollows can form beneath the eyes. Drooping tissues can cause deep lines around the nose and mouth. Fat can accumulate beneath the chin causing a double chin.
- Skin changes and wrinkles: As you age, you experience a loss of collagen and elastin. which results in the development of laugh lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. There is also a reduction in hydration and a rougher texture
- Facial bone changes: The bones are the foundation for your facial muscles, fat pads and skin. As you age, you may experience facial bone loss, which changes the dimensions and contour of your face.
Is ‘fat’ important?
When we’re young, fat in the face is evenly distributed, with some pockets here and there that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. Think how babies have the cutest, chubbiest little cheeks.
With age, that fat loses volume, clumps up, and shifts downward, so features that were formerly round may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight gets loose and sags. Meanwhile other parts of the face gain fat, particularly the lower half, so we tend to get baggy around the chin and jowly in the neck.
Without volume, we lose that high-cheekbone appearance. When we’re young, we have an inverted triangle or heart shape appearance to our face. As we get older, the face becomes more square or bottom heavy, which gives an older, more tired appearance.
So, fat has a lot to do with the ageing process. But that doesn’t mean you should go devour an entire bar of Dairy Milk to look young!
What can I do about my facial fat loss?
Even if you have great genes and look much younger than you are, age-related changes in our facial appearance are unavoidable. Our team at Health & Aesthetics are specially trained in understanding the ageing process and addressing the options for specific concerns. Each face ages differently, so getting individualised treatment is key.
The surgical ‘facelift’ procedure is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures; however, these procedures fail to address the issue of facial shape because they are incapable of reversing the facial soft-tissue degeneration that occurs with ageing. They in effect “tailor” the skin to fit the shrunken framework.
Present trends in facial rejuvenation are moving away from conventional ‘facelift’ procedures and toward the use of non-surgical alternatives for addressing the loss of facial fat in the ageing face.
Dermal fillers, used either alone or as an addition to other nonsurgical facial techniques, are an effective treatment choice for “lifting and filling” the facial soft tissues.
Should I get fillers to help with ageing?
Dermal fillers are used to treat lines created by lost collagen and fat. By restoring this lost fat, the treatment area is plumped to create a lift and rejuvenate areas that need more volume. This also improves the structure of the face and texture of the skin by also restoring hydration.
Dermal fillers come in many shapes and forms. At Health and Aesthetics, we use Juvederm fillers which are produced by Allergan (the producers of Botox). For lips we also use the FDA approved Belotero fillers.
Juvederm and Belotero fillers are crosslinked hyaluronic acid which vary in thickness and texture to fill areas suffering from diminished volume and lines and wrinkles. We believe that providing our patients with a natural result; meaning to not dramatically changing your appearance, but providing you with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Where should I NOT be having fillers?
Many patients come into the clinic with an idea of what areas they NEED to have filler to get rid of certain lines and wrinkles, and most of the time – they’re wrong.
At Health & Aesthetics, we look past the symptoms (i.e. deep marionette lines or nasolabial lines) and view the face holistically. Filling in these ‘problem’ lines with dermal filler will not lead to any result other than ‘puffing up’ of that area. Overfilling the marionette line area of the face can also start to distort some patients face shape. Some patients will tend to get thicker around the bottom part of their face rather than having the desired face shape of fullness in the cheeks and thinness and sharpness around the jawline.
Fillers are designed to ‘lift’ the face, and that’s how you will achieve a natural looking result.
Dermal Fillers help people to look less tired, less angry, more awake and well rested. They can lift the face effectively and match the way you look outside to the way you feel inside.