At what age do humans go from growing up to getting older? Scientists say that the magic number is 25 years of age. At 25 years of age, our skin starts to age. Drastic changes begin that affect every single layer of the skin. These changes are due in part to the internal aging process, but they are also due to external aging factors.
Genetics play a large role in how we age and how our faces lose volume. As we age, key functions in our skin begin to slow down. This, in turn, leads to a loss of facial volume and facial radiance. One of the primary changes that leads to the visible signs of aging is a decrease in the number of volume-giving cells in our face.
It can be a challenge to describe the loss of facial volume, as well as describing the way that it affects the appearance of the entire face. At times, lost facial volume presents itself as saggy skin, at other times it is seen by the loss of contour, or it can be referred to as looking drawn. Regardless of how it is described, the loss of facial volume is linked to an older, negative facial appearance.
How can you tell if you are losing facial volume? It is all about the triangle of beauty. When a person is young, the facial volume in their skin is evenly distributed. They have high cheekbones, smooth skin, full jowls and a well-defined jawline. As a result, a younger person has a face that is wider at the top and tapers down to the chin. They look positive and relaxed.
However, as a person ages and as their face loses volume, that triangle of beauty flips upside down. Their jaw becomes wider. Their cheeks go from being around and full to becoming flat. Wrinkles develop on the forehead and the corner of their mouth starts to point down. Now the widest area of their face is toward the bottom. As facial volume diminishes, facial skin sags. When the triangle of beauty is turned upside down, a person goes from looking positive and relaxed to now looking depressed, sad or stressed.
There are a lot of things that lead to the loss of facial volume. One of them is hormonal changes experienced with age. Hormone levels decline as we get older, and the volume-giving cells decrease in both size and quantity. This leaves us with less defined facial contours.
Another reason for the loss of facial volume is external factors, such as spending too much time in the sun. When a person spends too much time in the sun, the collagen in their face is damaged, and this in turn leads to a compromised skin structure. Smoking cigarettes destroys the skin. Nicotine attacks collagen. For this reason, it is easy to identify a person who has been smoking for years by the way their face looks.
Thankfully, there are many products out there that are designed to help restore lost facial volume. Minimally-invasive dermal fillers can turn the triangle of beauty the right way, adding contour to your cheeks, removing facial wrinkles and giving you an appearance you can be proud of. To see if dermal fillers are right for you, visit New Beauty Wellness in Westport. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.