The first signs of aging can start early—and it can be a shock to see the little lines and wrinkles creeping up around your eyes or on your forehead. It may be surprising to learn that these signs of aging can start appearing in your 30s, but that is normal, and everyone experiences aging at a different rate. The rate of aging depends on a variety of factors, including genetics and lifestyle, but for many people, aging starts in a few specific areas. So what are some areas you might want to watch for early wrinkles?
Some of the most delicate skin of the body is located in the eye and eyelid area, so aging often starts early in this location. In addition, the eyes are highly expressive, frequently moving to show a variety of expressions and emotions. Because of this, wrinkling is very common at the corners of the eyes, and puffy, under-eye bags are to be expected as skin and fat begin to sag in the face with age.
With all the intense concentration many of us direct today toward computer screens, it’s not too surprising that the forehead is another area that tends to show signs of aging early on. Horizontal lines are a common first sign of aging, and these lines can even affect resting expression if they are deep enough. As aging progresses, the brow begins to sag, which can contribute to a perpetually sad, angry, or disinterested expression.
The neck is often ignored during the normal skincare and anti-aging measures many people take, but this can lead to early aging of this sensitive skin. The skin on the neck is quite delicate and if it is not cared for properly, it can begin to show signs of aging rapidly. Sagging skin can make the jaw appear less taut and youthful, and give the illusion of a double chin, eventually extending lower on the neck with further aging. After a while, the neck can start to exhibit a “turkey wattle” appearance of loose skin.
Types of Treatment
Today, there are many procedures that can be used for facial rejuvenation in younger patients. The treatment that is appropriate in any given case has to do with a number of factors, including goals, tolerance for discomfort and downtime, and budget.
Non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox, and Thermage offer patients subtle or temporary results that involve little to no downtime and discomfort. Injectable fillers offer patients great results from a quick and easy treatment, but these great results only last 4-12 months on average. Thermage is known as the “non-surgical facelift,” and can be used to treat moderate sagging skin. Thermage tightens and contours the facial skin gradually following the treatment by encouraging the body to produce collagen, the connective protein that lends skin its elasticity and volume.
Specific cosmetic surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and forehead lifts are some of the most common surgical procedures for younger plastic surgery patients. These procedures address only the area of concern, making the surgery less expensive and invasive than a traditional facelift. Sometimes surgical procedures are combined with non-invasive treatments for even better results. Downtime varies by procedure, but generally doesn’t take more than two weeks for initial recovery. The results of these treatments can last for years.
Benefits of Early Intervention
While most people think of plastic surgery as something for people in their 50s and 60s, more people today are electing to begin cosmetic treatments earlier. Why? When anti-aging procedures are started later on in life, it can be very difficult to produce the dramatic results patients expect. Aging cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down, and patients who are proactive and start anti-aging early, such as during the late 30s and early 40s can usually get away with less invasive procedures and get off on the right foot. While an older patient might need a full facelift to get good results, a younger person may only require eyelid surgery and Botox to reach his or her goals. Early intervention is a great idea for people who want to hold off aging as much as possible.
Choosing a Provider
No matter what type of procedure you pursue, you should always seek help from a highly experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon. Facial plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are extremely complex and require a great deal of skill and artistry. If you would like to speak with an expert about your options for facial rejuvenation, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and consult with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri has decades of experience in helping patients reach their goals through a variety of effective procedure. To schedule your free consultation in Dearborn or Birmingham, call 866-487-3223 today.