Externally, skin pigmentation and texture can be affected by sun damage. As we look deeper, another change with age is the loss of volume. When we are young we have smooth contours, and our cheeks and upper face are full of volume. However, with age this can shift, and a loss of volume can make the skin thinner and the effects of gravity more obvious. There are also changes to the facial muscles that decrease in strength and tone, reducing the support they provide to the soft tissues above them. Repeated action of the facial muscles means that dynamic wrinkles (formed during facial expressions) can form static wrinkles (wrinkles and folds that are present at rest). At the core of our facial structure is bone, forming the ‘foundation’ over which the other layers sit. As we age, the foundation becomes less prominent which can affect the look of fullness and balance of our features.
What are your best facial features? Chances are in that list is your eyes. Although they command our attention, the surrounding upper face allows them to ‘shine’. The eyes, forehead, eyebrows and under-eye area work in harmony to give an open, friendly, approachable look. However, over time natural facial changes associated with ageing can give the impression that we are tired, sad or even angry – even when we’re not! So what happens? Over time, the repeated contraction of muscles in the upper face when we make facial expressions can cause the formation of facial lines and wrinkles, which can be obvious even at rest. The decrease in soft tissue volume (naturally occurring complex sugars and under-skin fat) which happens naturally over time, also contributes to the development of upper facial lines. Another cause is damage from sun exposure and smoking. These can also alter skin texture and skin pigmentation (apparent as dark circles under the eyes, freckles or sunspots). To help keep your upper face glowing, start by protecting your skin from sun damage and quit or don’t start smoking. There is plenty to talk about regarding rejuvenation possibilities for the upper face so please discuss these with us.
When we raise our eyebrows, naturally we all have fine horizontal lines that occur across our forehead. These forehead lines are usually only noticeable during facial expression, e.g. when you are surprised. However, over time these forehead lines can become more prominent due to repeated muscle action. They may also become ‘static’, which means you can see them even when your face is relaxed. People have different types of forehead lines. You mostly see ‘blinds’, or multiple horizontal lines that stretch across the forehead. These can be seen when you raise your brows, as the skin bunches together and creates horizontal creases. The number of lines will vary from person to person, with some people only having a ‘single’ line and others having ‘radiating’ lines that extend out from the brow line. You can help prevent forehead lines by protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and using sunscreen. There are however treatment options available that decrease the appearance of forehead lines, so discuss the possibilities with us.
Have you noticed vertical lines appearing between someone’s eyebrows when they frown or concentrate? These frown lines are usually only noticeable during facial expressions. However, over time repeated movement of the ‘glabellar muscle complex’ may cause these lines to become ‘static’ (visible even when the face is at rest). When you frown, the facial muscles pull or contract inwards and downwards, causing the skin between the brows to be pulled into a frown. Repeated contraction of the muscles over time can cause permanent disruption to the layers of skin that sit above. These ‘static’ frown lines can make people look angry, tired or stressed – even when they are not feeling that way. Did you realise that people have different patterns of frown lines? They may have an ‘eleven’ (two vertical lines between the eyebrows) or a ‘one’ (single line). As you can see to the right, there are also scrunch, boxed and horizontal patterns. You can help prevent frown lines by also protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and using sunscreen. There are however treatment options available that decrease the appearance of frown lines, so discuss what’s possible with us.
When you smile, the skin around your eyes naturally crinkles. These lines that radiate from the outer corner of your eyes every time you smile may become more obvious over time. They may even be evident when you are not making any facial expressions. These lines are known as ‘crow’s feet’. Crow’s feet are also caused by repeated muscle movement over time when you squint. Did you know there are broadly four types of crow’s feet: full fan, central, middle and lower. Full fan crow’s feet spread wide like fingers, ‘upper’ tend to angle up toward the outer brow, ‘central’ are the classic type we usually think of coming from the corner of the eyes and ‘lower’ crow’s feet spread down into the outer cheek. You can prevent crow’s feet by protecting yourself from sun exposure by wearing wrap-around sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat as well as using a good sunscreen. Of course less squinting also means fewer crow’s feet but there are also treatments available that you can discuss with us.
You might not realise it, but your mid face is one region that draws your attention because of its contours and volume. The mid face includes your under-eye area, cheeks and nose region, and the balance of the area impacts the overall appearance of your face. All of us lose facial volume naturally as we age, and this can be particularly apparent in the mid face. Under the eyes, tear troughs may appear as darkness or ‘circles’ under the eyes, making you seem tired or older than you feel. Over time, the soft tissue of the cheeks that provide fullness and curves may start to decrease and descend due to the effects of gravity, resulting in a hollow face. Your nose is also a central feature that harmoniously relates to your other facial features. Around the nose, the nasolabial fold is a natural feature of the face that can be seen in people of all ages. It is a groove or fold of skin that runs from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Deepening of the nasolabial fold occurs because the fat and other soft tissue that normally sits high on your cheeks starts to move downward. To help preserve the volume and contours of youth, remember to protect yourself from the sun. Sun exposure can reduce the production of naturally occurring sugars, which help give structure and volume to the skin. However there are treatment possibilities for rejuvenation of your mid face that you can discuss with your clinician.
The cheeks are a very important feature of the mid face. Your attention is naturally drawn towards the cheek area because it connects the eyes and the lips – the two most important structures for communication and expression. If you compare the faces of people in their 50s or 60s to photos of them in their 20s, you are likely to notice a difference in their cheek volume right away. Cheeks in a youthful-looking face have smooth contours and are full of volume. In fact, our cheeks are generally at their most voluminous and smooth when we are babies. However, the shape of the cheeks can change with age with a loss of naturally occurring sugars that provide volume. Over time, the amount of soft tissue volume over the cheekbones decreases and the ligaments that hold soft tissue high weaken naturally with age. Together with the effects of gravity you may find soft tissue moves downwards. Cheeks are also the facial feature with the largest surface area of skin. Therefore, they are prone to dryness and pigmentation from exposure to the elements like wind, sun and pollution. Freckles are a common pigmentation on the cheeks, a sign of sun damage to the upper layers of skin. Discuss how you can replace or enhance the naturally occurring sugars that help deliver volume to your cheeks and treatment possibilities with us.
Your lower face is a real talking point, literally. It’s your mouth area, lips, chin and jawline which are used for communication. If you think of an attractive face, one of the first things you’ll probably imagine is the lips to be full, smooth and well-defined, and the chin and jawline to have smooth contours. However, over time we lose facial volume from the lower face through a decrease in natural sugars and fat under the skin. The facial soft tissue may start to droop due to the effects of gravity and the loosening of the facial ligaments that ‘hold’ the soft tissue together. This creates an imbalance of volume in the face and a range of lines and wrinkles can appear. Accumulation of the soft tissue in the lower face may also form jowls and give the impression that the chin is widening. Some effects of changes in skin volume are most apparent around the mouth as it is a very active feature of the face. Some people develop a slight droop in the corners of their mouth (mouth frown), giving their expressions a hint of sadness or disapproval. Marionette lines or wrinkles extend from the outer corners of the mouth down towards the chin and jawline, causing you to appear unhappy, even when you’re not. Or you may develop a ‘mental crease’, the horizontal groove between your lips and chin, formed near the top of the chin (mentalis) muscle. Discuss your changes in the lower face and the available treatment options with us.
Have you ever noticed the difference in facial shapes between people from different generations? The youthful face has a fine, defined jawline with smooth contours. Fast-forward a few decades and the same person’s facial shape and contours have changed. You may have noticed in the youthful face, the majority of the facial volume is concentrated in the upper face, primarily the cheeks. In older generations, the bulk of facial volume sits in the lower face and jawline and results in the formation of jowls. Losing definition in the chin and jawline is common and a natural facial change. It is a result of the gradual loss of facial volume. In addition, the loss of support from weakening facial ligaments causes the descent of soft tissue, which causes the chin and jawline to look less defined. Talk to us about how the signs of facial ageing over the generations can be treated.
Full, plump lips are considered feminine and sexy. The ‘ideal’ lips, according to a survey of Australian women are full, natural-looking and well-defined, with a strong Cupid’s bow (the v-shaped area of the upper lip). Did you know there are many other features that make lips appealing? Features such as the lip border, balance in both the top and bottom lip or symmetry on both the left and right sides. Even details such as smiley sides with corners that turn, or rich ridges connecting the upper lip to the nose giving that lovely curve to the upper lip rated highly appealing. Everyone’s lip shape is slightly different and we may not all have what we consider to be the perfect pout. Our lip shape and volume is delivered by the presence of substances such as complex sugars and elastin, naturally occurring in the skin. It is possible to enhance what you’ve already got, discuss the possibilities of lip enhancement with your us today.
If you have used lipstick or gloss before, you probably understand the impact your lips can make on your overall look. This is because the lips are a key focal point when communicating. Our lip shape and volume is delivered by the presence of naturally occurring complex sugars and elastin in the skin. However, over time the level of these substances decreases. The outer layer of the lips can become thinner and the Cupid’s bow (the v-shaped area of the upper lip) begins flattening out, causing the lips to become elongated and lose their youthfulness. We may also notice the appearance and deepening of vertical lip lines around the border of the mouth. These lines are commonly known as ‘smoker’s lines’ and develop over a number of years through the repeated pursing of lips, such as when you smoke or suck on a straw. When you are young, your skin easily ‘springs’ back to its rest position. However, as time goes on your skin may become less supple and lines may start becoming evident, even when you are not pursing your mouth. If they become deeper, you may notice your lipstick bleeding up into them. The cosmetic companies know the attraction and focal point of the face that lips are, and lipstick only highlights them, it can’t restore or rejuvenate them. Discuss the treatment options available that can help restore volume and definition to your lips with us!
Yes, there’s a name for those cheeky little lines that can persist on your lower cheek. Accordion lines are the static wrinkles that are present even when you’re not smiling on the outer sides of your mouth. Facial changes occur over time and these ‘not quite charming’ dimples in the lower face are lines that are the result of repeated muscle movements that form facial expressions (especially smiling). In addition, a loss of volume in the same area caused by a decrease in naturally occurring sugars and fat under the skin contributes to their visibility. Gravity, sun damage and other environmental and genetic factors can also play a part. Restoring the naturally occurring sugars that help create volume under the skin can diminish the appearance of these pesky accordion lines. Contact us today to discuss what’s possible
We can easily protect the skin on our face and head with sunscreen, hats, wide sunglasses and avoiding other environmental factors which affect the skin’s appearance. But it’s hard to be as diligent with the skin on our hands. Our hands are constantly ‘working’; washing or rinsing dishes and clothes, gardening, handling groceries or cooking and are all too often exposed to the sun and elements whilst driving and conducting day-to-day tasks. These effects are additive to the natural ageing process where changes to skin texture, pigmentation and volume have an impact on the appearance of our hands (particularly the back of our hands). You may be looking fresh faced, but as the elements take their toll and the levels of substances like naturally occurring sugars and elastin (that give our hands youthful volume) deplete, your hands may be a tell-tale sign of age. Some quick tips to good hand health: Protect from the sun – apply a daily sunscreen with moisturiser to protect against harmful UV rays and keep skin supple. Wear gloves – especially when your hands are in soapy or hot water that can dry out skin. Look after your nails – keep hands well manicured, clean and dry. If you want to get a handle on your hands, speak with us about the treatment options available to improve skin quality and help restore volume in your hands.
Smooth, radiant skin is an outward sign of inner health and youth. However, sun exposure, diet, hormones and smoking can add years to your actual age. The outer layers of skin are the most vulnerable to environmental factors and reflect structural and volume changes in the deeper layers below. Most commonly, the texture of skin is affected by dryness, wrinkles and a build-up of excess dead skin cells as our natural exfoliation processes slow down. It’s well known that a healthy glow doesn’t mean a tan. In fact the dark pigmentation of skin as a result of sun or solarium exposure is a sign of skin damage. These are most recognisable as age spots or freckles and are permanent alterations to the skin’s appearance. Some people may also experience specific skin conditions such as acne, rosacea (redness) or psoriasis that can alter the texture and pigmentation of skin. Talk to us about specific treatments for these conditions. To keep your skin fresh and glowing remember the basics of skin care. Cleanse to remove excess oils and grime daily. Exfoliate regularly to keep your skin smooth as over time the natural exfoliation process slows down. Moisturise daily to keep your skin hydrated and finally, protect your skin from the sun. There are treatments to improve the texture and complexion of your skin, so talk to us.