Aging gracefully is the goal of hopeful and optimistic millennials everywhere, isn’t it? — Lets get you ladies familiarized with what happens to the skin and underneath as we age and elevate your understanding of how time and space change a youthfully radiant face into a tired, wrinkled and saggy shadow of its past. This way you can make informed decisions to stay ahead of the aging curve and prevent damage before it turns your skin into a reminder of ancient times.
Sixteen to eighteen years of age is considered the sweet spot of youth and beauty. Once you hit your twenties, your skin stops producing new collagen/elastin and the intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors start leaving permanent footprints on your physiognomy.
This is the ideal time when anti-aging interventions should be integrated into your daily skincare plan if you want to keep looking your best during your 30’s – 40’s and onwards. Wise people say luck favors the prepared mind — you can formulate an efficient anti-aging plan if you are familiar with the pattern and location of damage as it happens.
For the sake of simplicity lets divide the aging process into 3 major time lines.
20-30’s — What are the first signs of aging? — Loss of freshness and turgidity of the skin. Loss of skin collagen & elastin leads to dull complexion and as this damage accumulates over time leading to appearance of fine lines and deepening of expression lines (laugh lines, crows feet, and sad down turned corners of mouth).
30-40’s — Aging carves a 3-D effect on our face – Along with collagen and elastin depletion our face also suffers loss of fat, muscle and bone mass, the gravity pull and bad sleeping posture further exaggerates the muscle and fat drooping. The under eye area is the first to show this loss of volume as it begins to look sunken-in with exaggeration of lacrimal groves. The thinned out skin begins to highlight wrinkling and crinkling with each smile and expression. Lines around mouth (nasolabial furrows and marionette lines) grow deeper making face look tired, sad and pulled down.
40-50’s — The 3-D aging process becomes more aggressive. As we age the skin becomes progressively thin and starts to wrinkle more heavily. Volume loss in bone, fat pads and collagen/elastin layers perdures, the subaponeurotic facsia disengages and the muscles loose their tone, highlighting southwards journey of face marred by wrinkling, sagging and complete loss of perky contours.
Anti-Aging Road Map
Based on the changes that lead to the facial aging process, an anti-aging plan to target specific anatomic structures delivers the best outcome.
Cosmaceuticals: Intelligent skincare is the best way to kick-off an age-defying plan and it is also vital for optimal results post any procedural intervention and maintenance. Its vital to adopt a skin-type appropriate skincare regimen as early as possible. Here’s a list of important ingredients which you should look for while picking up your cosmaceuticals: vitamins A, C, E, Green tea extract, growth factors, stem cells and peptides. Along with day and night skincare with antioxidants, a mild face wash, a skin-type appropriate moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen complete an effective skincare regimen.
Injectables: Mesotherapy with multi-vitamins and antioxidants coupled with hyaluronic acid and Botulinum toxin help amicably in bringing youthful tone, turgidity and glow back to any tired face.
Botox is an unrivaled champion when it comes to taming expression-associated wrinkles on the upper face. Botulinum toxin paralyzes muscles and its wrinkle smoothing action lasts 3-5 month, two or three sessions per year and no more crows feet or frown lines stringed across the upper face.
Cross-linked hyaluronic acids and calcium hydroxyapetite injectables help with volume restoration. In expert hands filler injections deliver instant results, lifting and filling up age associated volume loss and restoring facial contours with almost no downtime.
Fat is natural volumizer, which can be used to restore volume and rejuvenate aging face, décolleté and hands. In addition to restoring the lost volume fat comes packed with stem cells, growth factors and cytokines that work additional anti-aging magic rejuvenating and revitalizing all layers of aging tissue. Most people receiving fat augmentation of face later report an “After-Glow” — their skin starts to looks amazing few weeks post receiving the fat injections.
PRP and stem cell treatment are recent advances in injectables; they also help in 3-D restoration of aging face, hands or any other part of body. Combining a series of deep and superficial injections helps rejuvenate all damaged layers from bone to dermis. Results are more natural looking, subtle and the procedure requires no downtime.
Energy Based Devices: There is a plethora of devices available in the market which can potentially help to undo the damage done by time and age. These devices work mainly by stimulating production of collagen and elastin tissue in the dermis. Deep infra-red lasers, radio frequency and focused ultrasound devices have shown very promising results in erasing wrinkles and tightening up sagging skin. Fractional CO2 laser in particular has shown excellent results in treating deep wrinkles, old acne scars and sagging skin in expert hands.