Time waits for no one. While that may be a good thing when it comes to life experience, it’s a bad thing for your skin, particularly on your face. Most people would gladly delay the march of time in that instance. Fortunately, the signs of aging, while unstoppable, can be delayed or their appearance lessened by the various procedures offered by Dr. Kirwan. Some people wonder when they’ll know when it’s time to have something done. Here are the three signs of aging that usually prompt people to consider getting some help.
- Skin laxity — Gravity never sleeps, never takes a day off, and is ever vigilant. As you age, your skin is particularly susceptible to its forces. Also, facial muscles tend to weaken with age. The result are issues such as drooping brows, jowls, sagging cheeks, descending eyelids, and much more.
- Volume loss — After you turn 20, collagen (the basic support system for your skin) production decreases one percent each year. Elastin, the protein responsible for keeping your skin supple and malleable, production also decreases. The result is volume loss in areas across the face. The areas under the eyes and below the cheekbones both become hollow with volume loss.
- Changes in skin tone and texture — Where the skin was taut, plump, and smooth, as we age it becomes dull, dry, and leathery. This is usually the result of reduced collagen production combined with sun exposure. The skin also becomes thinner with time, again due to decreasing collagen, making it more prone to wrinkling.
You have options for addressing these issues, both surgical and non-surgical. Volume loss and changes in skin tone and texture can all be addressed non-surgically. Injectables (Botox and dermal fillers), chemical peels, and laser resurfacing treatments all work to improve these areas. Skin laxity, especially if more extreme, can best be addressed with surgery: a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery.
And don’t stop with just the face
Dr. Kirwan believes that steps to slow down the aging process should also look beyond just the face and should include the neck, chest, décolleté, and hands. These areas are often overlooked.
Don’t give in to the forces of gravity and aging on your skin. Call Dr. Kirwan at his Norwalk, New York, or London offices and let’s talk about your options.