The Science of Aging

How old you look is your business, how young you look is ours.

Our Philosophy is to enhance confidence by helping women reveal the best, most refreshed version of themselves.  We believe that women can age beautifully and gracefully. Our treatments can enhance your best features to bring a more youthful look without erasing the beautiful character of your age. 

Looking at a mother and daughter, it’s obvious who is older. But, what exactly are the giveaways? It all starts with facial structure.

Science shows that our eyes register an attractive, “youthful” face as one with:

As we age, our facial fat pads shrink and we lose bone density.

This fat and bone provides the structure needed to hold our skin, so as it fades, signs of aging appear:

The changes under the skin lead to a change in facial structure.

  • In a youthful face, the volume looks as if it is all rising up, with most of the volume toward the mid and upper face. This is referred to as the “Triangle of Youth.”
  • As we age, the volume begins to move toward the lower face, resulting in a heaviness toward the bottom, around the mouth and jaw. This is referred to as the “Pyramid of Age.”

When we understand what is happening underneath the skin and know when and where the volume begins to fade, we can strategically add volume back to the areas where it is lost to restore a more youthful look.

What, exactly, is happening beneath the skin?

CHANGES IN FAT PADS

Facial aging is typically associated with atrophy and deflation of facial fat pads. In youth, the fat pads provide a structure for skin to lay on, looking smooth and plump. As they shrink with age, gaps begin to form between the fat pads. This affects how the skin lays on the face, resulting in sagging, shadowing and a loss of contour.

How can we correct this? When we understand where the fat has atrophied, we can restore the lost volume with the use of dermal fillers to recreate a more youthful contour and facial shape, while reducing age-related shadow patterns.

CHANGES IN FACIAL BONE STRUCTURE

Our bone structure gives us our unique facial shape. As we age, facial bone recedes, leading to sunken hollow eyes, sunken cheeks, descended brow and less defined jawline. Our unique understanding of the aging process allows us to choose appropriate dermal fillers to restore volume to the areas of bone atrophy.

The muscles

Over time, repetitive muscle movements etch lines into the skin. Once again, it’s important to understand what’s happening under the skin.

Which muscles are moving to cause the lines of concern? How strong are they? Which direction do they pull?

These are all factors that we take into consideration when doing a facial assessment. With our expertise in facial anatomy, we can determine precisely where to place our neuromodulators (botox, dysport, xeomin) to decrease the underlying muscle contraction, smooth fine lines and diminish etched-in wrinkles.

Last, but not least, the skin.

As we age, we lose collagen, which is responsible for keeping skin firm, plump and youthful.

  • At the age of 20, Collagen begins to decline.
  • By 30, many men and women begin to see the first signs of aging –dullness and fine lines.
  • By the age of 40, our skin has lost elasticity and sagging is apparent.
  • By 50 we see the dramatic signs of aging such as deeper wrinkles and thinning skin.

Many factors contribute to aging skin. Some are controllable (smoking, excessive sun exposure) and some are part of the normal aging process (loss of collagen and elastin). With PRP microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy), we can induce collagen formation to help correct and prevent further age-related changes. Regenerating collagen can restore and retain youthful, smooth, plump skin. In addition, using a medical grade skincare, such as Neocutis, can provide growth factors, peptides and hydration to rejuvenate skin.

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