Ageing Face

As we age, our skin's natural collagen levels begin to deplete and elasticity decreases, making it harder for the skin to bounce back. Wrinkles and creases appear and deepen, and the skin around the jaws and neckline begins to sag. We lose the soft bloom of youth as our sebaceous oil glands deplete, causing the skin to become dry, easily bruised and damaged. Capillaries (thread veins) become visible and the skin becomes a sallow yellow. Brown patches appear and pores become more prominent.

That is just the skin. All soft tissues sag and deplete as retaining muscles and ligaments lose volume and strength. Jowls and double chin are common issues. There is loss of bone mass of the brow, allowing the brow to fall over the eyelids, the cheeks hollow and the jawline narrows. Sagging of the soft tissues lengthens the nose and earlobes. The overall loss of volume allows the now inelastic skin to droop further.

Many factors can accelerate the ageing process. Lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, exercise, and alcohol consumption all play a part in the way and speed at which we age. Genetics has a strong influence, with fair Celtic skin suffering the most. Sunshine is the major factor. Much of what we consider ageing is, in fact, simply sun damage. 

Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sunbed breaks down collagen and elastin. These are fibres that form the connective tissue in your skin. When this tissue is broken down, the skin becomes weak and loses flexibility. This results in drooping and the appearance of wrinkles.

Smoking reduces blood supply to the skin and also contributes to the further breakdown of collagen and elastin. The skin is dehydrated and wrinkles form. This, together with alcohol, produce the bluish red capillaries, particularly in the cheeks and nose.

Sagging skin, wrinkles and loss of volume and definition inevitably makes a person feel older and damages self-image and confidence.

There are many surgical and non-surgical treatments available at the Cadogan Clinic to help restore and rejuvenate the face. These include our aestheticians advising on moisturizers, peels, non-surgical lasers, radiofrequency and ultherapy. Our dermatologists provide specialist advice, botulinum toxin (Botox) and dermal fillers. 

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