Facial Ageing and Anatomy – How Your Facial Bones Age

Plastic Surgeons have an in-depth understanding of how facial skin, muscles, fat and even bones change over time. They also know exactly how to help reverse the appearance of ageing.

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Any person who’s lives beyond the age of 40 knows how it feels to observe the steady decline of their facial appearance.

First, it’s the loss of firmness of the skin on the face around the eyes and mouth. Following this lines and wrinkles begin to deepen and then the brows and jawline begin to sag.

But what causes this, and is there any way to reverse the ageing process?

Although you cannot really turn back time studies do indicate that we can improve it. A face-lift or neck lift can reduce the average AGE perception by 7 to 8 years or more. This is possible when the surgery is expert Plastic Surgeon.

Read more about The Best Age for a Face Lift.

So what causes ageing and can we deter or prevent it?

Atrophy of facial muscles causes early ageing. How many times have you stood in the mirror and checked your face at length, wishing you could look as you did long ago? Whilst it’s not possible, you can make a difference in the aged appearance of your face through surgery, injectables AND ‘medical strength cosmeceutical skincare products that contain active ingredients.

If you’re like most of us, you’ll follow an ‘unhappy mirror moment’ with a slight pushing of your facial skin with your fingers or hands. You’ll use your hands to push up your cheeks, your facial bones, your forehead and/or your brow into your hairline region.  And you’ll likely be thinking…if only.

While this physical lifting of your facial skin may make you feel temporarily good about your appearance – boosting your self-confidence a bit by reminding you how you looked in the mirror before gravity took over, it’s only a temporary lifting. But it doesn’t have to be. With the assistance of a plastic surgeon, you can feel confident with yourself and give your facial muscles the strong tone they deserve.

Depending on the patient this might involve Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery such as a Round Block Face Lift, a mid-face lift or upper facelift (eyelid and brow lift) or a neck lift.  Often, results of these procedures can be further enhanced by;

  • Skin rejuvenation using chemical peels, light-based laser therapies or retinoid products
  • Injectables can help restore lost facial volume at your cheek, chin, jaw or lip area. They can also help fill the deeper crevices of well-established wrinkles on your skin.

But why do we age, especially on the face – and why do many people get a Facelift for best anti-ageing results of the lower face?

As you grow older, your facial muscles and nerves tend to shrink. So do your facial bones. This shrinkage is medically referred to as ‘atrophy’. Everyone has it, although genetics can play a factor in how rapidly we age.

As atrophy occurs, the skin also loses collagen and firmness and starts to sag. With less skin firmness and diminishing bones along the jaw, cheeks and brows you’ll end up noticing sagging skin and less defined facial features.

So, atrophy is the main cause of a reduction in the youthful appearance you once had. But with age comes the shrinking of the fibres that constitute (makeup) the muscle cells. The many layers of your skin have connective tissues. These tissues give the skin firmness and they contain collagen fibres for support along with elastic fibres for strength and flexibility of the facial muscles. As we get older, these fibres get smaller and reduce in numbers.

Lifestyles that attribute to facial ageing

There is a belief that certain Lifestyle behaviours like smoking, drinking alcohol, being significantly overweight, having diabetes or high cholesterol make the brain shrink faster.

Chemical damage to the deepest dermal layers of your face, caused by harsh Australian sun exposure (or excess sun exposure in any location), speeds up the degeneration and deterioration of your facial muscles and skin.  This results in elastic fibres that no longer ‘recovery’ or ‘bounce back into place with resiliency’ they become, essentially, un-stretchable – meaning that they start to sag.

Changes to ear cartilage

Ear Cartilage also changes (some say it grows but the surrounding skin will lose collagen and stretch) and this can often be helped by a good Facial Rejuvenation Surgeon. What this means is that you’ll get lines and wrinkles around your ears or where your ears meet your mid-face or your cheekbone area.

The skin stretches and sags as the collagen and elastin fibres break down, even if the cartilage is thought to be expanding as the cells continue to divide. One tell-tale sign of ageing are wrinkles and creases around the ears, and where the ears meet the middle-facial skin. Furthermore, if your ears ARE continually growing, as many anatomists claim, then you end up with slightly bigger ears over time, with more deeply creased skin around them, both of which contribute to the ageing appearance of the face and side-on facial profile.

Fat shrinkage

Although Facial Fat Shrinks it can be replaced by Dermal Filler Injectables and/or Autologous Fat Transfer for some patients.

The subcutaneous layer of fat in the face also shrinks as we age, especially around the cheekbones or lip area. Thin lips and diminishing cheekbones, along with sagging skin and eye area wrinkles, are key culprits for facial ageing laments. For a youthful appearance, full, beautiful cheeks with good nasal labial tissue strength are important. This is usually when you’ll begin to notice excessively sagging facial muscles, a very different looking facial shape than you had when you were younger (different skull or facial bones) and increasing wrinkles on your face.

But don’t despair, there is a LOT that can you can achieve thanks to the advances of; cosmetic and plastic surgery, injectables and cosmeceutical products for facial rejuvenation!

Remedies to Ageing

There are many things that can help enhance the appearance of your face, including;

  • Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery
  • Injectables
  • Dermal Fillers or Cheekbone Volumisers
  • Lip Enhancements
  • Jawline or Neck lift Surgery including Face Lift or Mini Face Lift Surgery.

When ageing really settle in, you may notice you are looking older or even slightly haggard. This can occur even if you’ve taken great care of your skin and have stayed out of the sun.  

It’s also interesting that a lot of people feel less optimistic as they age. Perhaps the loss of a youthful appearance, not to others but to oneself in the mirror – impacts our emotions.

People who have facelift or neck lift surgery or injectables often write in public forums that they feel better and more confident.  

All people are different, however, so it’s important to seek the right type of medical attention or help if you’re feeling less great about the ageing process. That being said if facial restoration is what you’re wanting, there are many ways you can help yourself restore some of the more youthful and radiant facial features you once had – such as;

  • improving your cheekbone area
  • reducing excess, sagging facial skin
  • tightening the skin over the muscles and bones of the face so that you ‘lose your facial sags.’  

While surgery can only temporarily alleviate the above results are still relatively long-lasting. In fact, they can last for many years.

Ask a Specialist Plastic Surgeon such as Dr Patrick Briggs how he achieves long-lasting yet natural-looking results using the Round Block Facelift Method.

Diet and Excercise

Dieting and exercise are also important parts of staying healthy and looking vibrant as you age. Maintaining a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet, it’s not just for you to grow up healthy, it’s also important to help you age more gracefully and to help avoid chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity.

Good nutritional uptake also has an impact on your skin and bones. It can help you strengthen and repair your facial muscles and other connective tissues so that they will be able to maintain a healthy facial appearance as you get older.

So, keep eating fruits and veggies, at any age, as the benefits on not only your appearance but also your health are often significant. You can also investigate whether or not facial muscle exercises will help or hinder maintaining a healthier-looking face. However, be aware there are different schools of thought on this topic so research it and make your own decisions.

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery treatments for the face.  

Facelift, Mini Face Lift, Upper Brow Lift, Eyelid Lift and more. There are so many procedures out there that can help you enhance your appearance. An expert surgeon can help you get a natural-looking facial rejuvenation. If drooping skin and sagging neck-band tissues, indistinguishable cheekbones, sagging jawlines – or double to triple chins – are having you look older than your age, or older than you feel, send an enquiry form to visit with Facelift Surgery Specialist and Body Contouring Specialists Dr Patrick Briggs.

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

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