January 21, 2020 By Dr Chetna Singh

There Are Three Ways In Which You Age

There Are Three Ways In Which You Age

This article will be helpful to you in knowing which of the below mentioned categories of face ageing you fall into and thus helpful in choosing the right anti-ageing treatment for you.

There are three basic ways in which people age, namely the sinker, the sagger and the wrinkler. So lets dive deep into each category and see which facelift method is best suited for each.

The Sinker

Is your face losing volume like a slowly deflating balloon? If so you’re probably a “Sinker”.

Sinkers are characterized by volume loss around key areas of the face which can cause a sunken hollowed out appearance. The temples, mid-face and the area below the cheekbones are the most common places where this volume loss occurs.

The natural aging process causes us to lose about 10% of the fat in our face at the age of 35 years and an additional 5-10% every 5-10 years thereafter. By the age of 55 you may have lost 40% of the fat in your face, which once gave it a plump, full, youthful appearance. Additionally the skin becomes thinner, and rougher in texture, contributing to a haggard appearance.

Rapid weight loss can often accelerate the visual effects of “Sinking”, including a hollow facial appearance and loose, wrinkly skin this causes on their face.

This style of aging is best combated with dermal fillers or a fat transfer procedure. By inserting a little extra padding to the hollowed out areas, we can plump the face, resulting in a vibrant youthful appearance.

The Sagger

If your skin looks like it’s sliding away from the bone structure beneath, you’re a “Sagger”.

As the skin’s connective tissues lose their integrity, your face begins to lose the battle against gravity. This saggy appearance occurs when the skin begins to lose its elasticity and becomes too lax. As we age the skin’s connective tissues, elastin and collagen weaken and break down, so the skin loses its youthful, springy texture.

The most successful anti-aging treatments for ‘saggy’ faces involve a combination of volume restoration, and collagen stimulation.

Younger patients can opt for THERMAGE, a non-invasive radiofrequency treatment. Thermage helps prevent the signs of aging, by stimulating the body’s production of connective tissues, thereby tightening the skin and reducing the saggy, aged appearance.

For more mature patients, we use ULTHERAPY, or FACELIFT WITH PDO THREADS, which are also non-invasive.

The PDO Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical facelifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. The barbs in the threads open like an umbrella to form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue.

Barbs on the thread grab hold of skin tissue which creates tension in the thread, and the tension lifts the skin tissue. Collagen formation occurs around the threads and their cogs or barbs, producing an increasing effect.

On the other hand Ultherapy uses ultrasound to stimulate the collagen within the skin, creating a lifting effect. This is our most popular treatment for skin tightening, and can turn back the clock by 5-10 years.

The Wrinkler

A “Wrinkler” will exhibit clearly defined patches of wrinkly skin, often located around the eyes, brow and lips. Usually these lines are caused by frequent fine motor movements of the face, repeated over many years. Examples include:

  • Frown lines from a brow frequently furrowed in concentration or concern.
  • Fine lines radiating from the outer corners of the eyes, caused by squinting into the sun, at poorly lit work, or at a computer screen.
  • Lines around the edges of the mouth caused by puckering lips to smoke or suck a straw.

The continuous repetition of the above actions causes minor lines and wrinkles that transform into permanent wrinkles over time. To help eradicate these aging wrinkles, we offer treatment options like Botox and laser resurfacing.

Botox, is the most popular anti-aging injection, is a muscle relaxant. Carefully positioned injections of Botox will relax the muscles beneath your skin, reducing the likelihood of new wrinkles forming, and smoothing the appearance of any existing wrinkles, but does not affect the expressiveness of your face. Its effect lasts for 4-5 months after which it has to be repeated.

CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers promote collagen remodeling, making them popular options for treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots.