Although the coveted virtues of wisdom and experience typically come with age, many women prefer not to reveal their age to others. Whether they like it or not, though, their “aesthetic age” is on display for all to see. The neck, chest, eyes, and cheeks are among the first areas of the body to reveal the effects of gravity and time, which may add several years to one’s appearance. Here are a few factors that will help calculate your aesthetic age along with a few treatments that can turn back the clock.
“The eyes are windows to the soul” is an accurate saying if your eyes genuinely convey your emotions. Every expression of the eyes helps communicate whether you are tired, upset, or indifferent. Over time, wrinkles that surround the eyes or sagging skin above the upper eyelids can camouflage your true feelings, presenting a tired, old, or angry visage. The eyelid lift can make you appear years younger as it reduces excess skin and bulging created by excess fat in the lower and upper lids, revitalizing the eyes to allow your true emotions to show through. If you’d prefer a nonsurgical option with temporary results, BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce wrinkles caused by repetitive motion between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and beside the eyes to give a softened, more youthful appearance to the eyes.
An area that seems to show advanced “aesthetic age” is the neck and lower face. Softening of the jawline, neck skin looseness, and bands and disproportionate fat in the neck can easily reveal your age or add several years to it. A neck lift, especially in combination with a facelift, can subtract 10 years or more from your appearance.
The chest is one area that is often neglected when it comes to sun protection. Sun damage can make the chest area appear crepey and wrinkled with freckles and discoloration that will add years to your aesthetic age. Intense pulsed light and radiofrequency treatments can smooth and fade the skin tone of the neck and chest to a more homogenous, youthful appearance.
When it comes to fat on the body, less is typically more. Most people want a slender, lean physique. On the face, however, minimal fat loss can cause facial hollows and noticeable wrinkles that can add another 10 years to your appearance. Often, facial fat has drifted downward in the eye and cheek area. Lower lid blepharoplasty can reposition facial fat and elevate the midface from the cheekbones to the creases that extend from nose to mouth, giving a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers made from products that naturally occur in the body can restore facial volume. As an alternative, fat may be harvested from other areas in the body and transplanted into areas of the face that were once fuller, restoring facial symmetry that is lost in aging.
If you would like to reduce your aesthetic age with one of the procedures listed above, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Terry Hand today. Please call (415) 461-6742 or fill out our online contact form at your convenience.