Facial Aging

What Causes Facial Aging?

Facial aging is a multifactorial process compossed of 1) skin texture changes, 2) Loss of facial fat 3) facial bone remodeling, and 4) skin laxity secondary to gravitational forces, loss of skin elasticity (elastin fibers) and loss of strength (collagen). Some facial aging influences we can avoid and some we cant. Obviously we cant avoid gravity and facial skin bone scenescence (aging) but we can avoid some external factors like smoking and sun exposure. Both smoking and sun exposure damage facial skins ability to repair and regenerate.

Chart showing the differences between damaged skin and healthy skin, Richmond VA

WHAT CAN I DO TO REVERSE THE SIGNS OF FACIAL AGING?

Facial cosmetic surgery or rejuvination therapy can reverse the affects of gravity and facial volume changes. Facelift (rhytidectomy) address loose skin and wrinkles by resuspending the facial skin into its natural youthful position. Fat transfer or soft tissue fillers help in the department of facial volume loss (deflation). Laser skin resurfacing removes older skin layers and allows new skin regeneration to occur. Plus laser skin therapy also stimulates collagen production which helps with skin support and prevents wrinkles.

HOW DOES COSMETIC SURGERY AFFECT THE OVERALL AGING PROCESS?

Unfortunately, cells of the human body have a limited regenerative protential. Its almost as if our DNA is preprogramed to insure that our cells fail after certain number of cell cycles. So if your are thinking cosmetic surgery is the cure to mortality, I am sad to inform you that the elixir of immortaliy has yet to be discovered:)