— Verve Patient
Understanding Facial Aging
The most common signs of aging include:
- Soft tissue, such as fat and muscle, sag and descend.
- Volume loss
- Skin changes and wrinkles
- Decreased volume of Facial bones
Signs of Aging Exist at Every Layer of Facial Anatomy.
As you age, the skin experiences several changes including: thinner, drier skin, a loss of collagen, less elastic skin and skin that is more likely to sag and wrinkle. Aging also results in thinning of the dermis. This impairs the skin’s ability to repair itself.
Muscles lie beneath the fat pads. As you age, loss of facial fat along with gravity and some repeated activities lead to deep wrinkles in the face.
A youthful look depends on having the right amount of facial fat in the right places. With increasing age, changes take place in the fat pads. Redistribution, accumulation and atrophy of the fat leads to facial volume loss.
- Some areas lose fat – forehead & cheeks
- Some areas gain fat – mouth and jaw
Bones are the foundation for your facial muscles, fat pads and skin. As you age, you experience facial bone loss, which changes the dimensions and contours of your face. Without the structural support of the bone, there are noticeable changes in the outer layers of the overlying skin and soft tissue.