Nowadays people pay more attention to the appearance, no matter what gender or age. Wrinkles can even appear on young people who take good care of their skin, rather than just the age this is due to other factors, such as stress, lifestyle, diet, sun exposure, skin type and even genetic factors that cause skin damages as time goes by, resulting in the emergence of wrinkles, loss of the skin tone, flaccidity and sagging. 

With more age, less collagen and elastin is produced, which leads to a weakening of the cell matrix, translating into flaccidity, with the consequent loss of harmony within the facial oval. Generally speaking, we can say that as we age, faces lose their triangular appearance and get more of a squared shape.

How does ageing affect our face?

The skin

Our skin, over the years, gets thinner and progressively loses its fat barrier, meaning less protection against dryness. The first ageing signs appear between ages 20 and 30, showing as fine marks at the outer end of the eyes and around the lips, between the eyebrows or on the forehead.

The fat

With time going by, the facial fat deposits are lost. Something that should be taken into account is the fact that these fat deposits aren’t randomly found, they are in fact bound to ligaments that get thinner and lose strength over time, but as these keep anchoring the fat deposits, bags and furrows form, like in the case of the nasolabial furrows and the marionette lines.

Do the bones age too?

Yes, the facial bones, like the ones underneath the eyebrows, the cheekbones and the jawbone lose volume, getting smaller and flatter, and contributing to the sagging of the skin and of other soft tissues.

Which treatments are available to fight flaccidity and ageing?

Before speaking of any specific products, it’s important to mention that the first step for the treatment of flaccidity is the re-positioning of the tissues, as well as the recovery of the lost volume, this can be achieved by using fillers like hyaluronic acid of different densities and applying them in specific areas and spots that lift the face without giving it a filled appearance.

Other options are threads, and products that encourage the formation of collagen and elastin in order to restore the skin that’s affected by skin ageing.

The expression wrinkle treatment is still a very useful tool for the treatment of ageing signs as it acts on the expression muscles, slowing down the future formation of wrinkles.

Bio-revitalisation treatments offer excellent results, these treatments consist of the injection of substances (nutritional and moisturising substances like hyaluronic acid, vitamins…) into the skin that would not be able to enter through the application of creams.

For the obtainment of good results, it is important that these treatments have the right indication in each case and are conveniently combined.

Is prevention important?

Absolutely, acting when the first ageing signs show can provide the possibility of achieving better results with a lesser amount of product being used.

The idea behind this is to create a personal consciousness in order to take action as early as possible. The main goal is to keep ourselves young regardless of our age, to look good, and to look in the mirror and have a well-groomed appearance, in tune with the rest of our body.

Don’t act when it’s too late.

Dr. Alex Varela

Clínica IMEBA®

Phone number: 971 102 103 (free consultation)

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