A New Technique to Combat Facial Aging
If you compared a picture of yourself from your 20's to one of yourself in your 40's or 50's, you're likely to see a difference in your skin and the way it's positioned. Facial aging first shows itself as a few wrinkles around the eyes, deeper nasolabial folds, and probably a looser jawline, among other things. But did you know you not only lose fat in your face as you age, but you also lose bone structure?
To understand facial aging, let's start with the jaw or what's called jowling. Many dermatologists will inject the midface with filler to lift the cheek back into position and to provide a small lift to the jawline. And now, dermatologists are also injecting the lower jawline. "One of my favorite fillers for that area is a high viscosity filler called Radiesse to recreate the crispness or edge to the jaw," says Dr. Raminder Saluja. Raminder is a well-known expert in laser treatments and injectables. She is board-certified in ophthalmology and later went on to complete a research and clinical fellowship in cosmetic dermatology.
Are you an "L" or an "I"?
"When we're young, we've got that wonderful L-shape, and as we get older, it almost becomes like an I-shape. When you redefine the jawline, what you'll see is it picks up a little bit from the submental areas to where you have the laxity from the jowling," explains Saluja.
Below are CT images show the skull of a woman between the ages of 20 and 40 (left) and the skull of a woman over 65 (right). The bones of the older female show that her eye socket is larger resulting in a hollowed eye appearance, the angle of her brow is reduced, resulting in lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and the edge of her lower jaw has changed from an L-shape to an I-shape, which causes a weakened jawline.
Courtesy of Howard Langstein/University of Rochester Medical Center.)
Keeping your skin in the best shape possible through sunscreen, a healthy diet, and medical-grade skincare is probably the best approach to anti-aging and prejuvenation. Once that is taken care of, see an expert to find out if you're a candidate for facial fillers to keep the lifted look of your 20's and 30's!