How a Face Ages and Ways to Look Younger

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 What does an old face look like? We can’t always fully describe it, but we know it when we see it. While wrinkles are usually assigned most of the blame, that’s only one indicator.  It is actually the loss of facial volume that is most often the tell-tale sign of aging.  As we move from our 20s to our 50s and beyond, it’s a combination of factors that make our faces look older.  Luckily, there have never been so many effective treatments to fight them.

How Your face Ages In Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s


Firstly, congrats!  You are still in your 20s, and your skin is still looking naturally fabulous.  You’ve probably moved past any battles with acne and have yet to encounter a significant wrinkle.  Your 20s are the perfect time to vigorously defend your skin against the “aging agents” of pollution, smoking, tanning beds and sun.


  • Drier skin
  • Possible UV damage
  • Acne scars


  • Religious skin care (cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing and SUNSCREEN)
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion


As you enter your 30s, you might be just beginning to think about fine lines and wrinkles.  Most significant signs of aging are still ahead of you, but you may have increased risks due to genetics (intrinsic aging) or the environment (extrinsic aging).  In your 30s, collagen production decreases and skin starts to lose its natural elasticity.


  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Crows feet- those fine wrinkles around your eyes
  • Shallow wrinkles between the eyebrows, also called glabella lines
  • Sun damage, dark spots and sun spots on the skin or melsasma (dark skin blotching) from pregnancy


All of the above plus:

  • Retinoids (Retin-A creams that chemically exfoliate skin)
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL/Photofacial)
  • Profractional Lasers
  • Botox


As you may have heard, 40s are the new 30s.  With so many options available in the cosmetic procedure arena, there has never been a better time to gracefully glide through your 40s.  Despite the longer list of age markers, there is no need to despair; there is a whole arsenal of effective cosmetic treatments with which to combat them.


  • Cheeks not as full, fat that used to be on the cheek slides down the face
  • Hollow looking eyes
  • Deep nasolabial folds, the lines running from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth (also called smile lines or parentheses)
  • Loosening skin
  • Deeper lines between the eyebrows
  • Uneven skin tone, dull skin or broken capillaries
  • Age and sun spots


All of the above plus:

  • Dermal fillers to replace lost volume (Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, etc.)
  • Fat harvesting and fat transfer (transferring fat from abdomen or hip to the face)
  • Ultherapy (ultrasound skin tightening)
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Mini facelift (shorter incision, focusing on lifting just the cheek area)


Women in their 50s often describe it as the best stage of life yet.  They have more wisdom, more experience, more money  and more ways to look their best.  As we age, we may require more invasive techniques to maintain a truly youthful look.  But we’ve all seen women fighting too hard to look 29.  Feel free to use all the tools at your disposal (but don’t over do it), and embrace the best you ever!


  • Jowling or loose skin along the jawline
  • Eyebrow position too low
  • Loose skin in the upper and lower eyelid areas
  • Loose skin around the neck
  • Double chin, extra fat under the chin


All of the above plus:

  • Face lift
  • Brow lift
  • Eye lift
  • Neck lift
  • Targeted chin liposuction

Embracing Your Best Self

In a youth obsessed culture, most women see aging as enemy #1.  But in a society that also promotes a healthy lifestyle and cutting-edge medicine, we also aim to live well into our 80s and 90s.  It’s a dichotomous message that often puts way too much pressure on women especially.  We want to grow old, but we don’t want to age.  Finding the right balance between the two is the ultimate challenge.  Fortunately, options abound for looking and feeling your best as you move into the best years of your life. 

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