Why Does Our Facial Skin Age So Much?

Time stops for no one, or so the famous adage goes. But man has tried to stop it since the early days of civilization. From Ponce de Leon seeking the fountain of youth to that Nazi sympathizer dude in Indiana Jones seeking the chalice, we’ve always searched for ways to literally stop time. The current fasting craze is the latest quest for long, albeit not eternal, life.

For the rest of us, simply delaying time’s inexorable trajectory would be nice. Fortunately, the signs of aging, while unstoppable, can be delayed or their appearance lessened with various treatments such as IPL Photofacials offered by Dr. Kronberg. At our practice we sometimes have people ask us when we’ll know if it’s time to do something. Usually visual cues are all you need, but here’s a little background on what is happening with your skin’s aging and why.

  1. Skin laxity— Gravity never sleeps, never calls in sick, and is ever diligent. While, that’s nice to keep us from flying off into space, it’s not nice to your skin. As you age, your skin is particularly susceptible to the forces of gravity. Also, facial muscles tend to weaken with age. What results are issues such as drooping brows, jowls, sagging cheeks, descending eyelids, and much more.
  2. Volume loss— After you turn 20, collagen (the basic support system for your skin) production decreases one percent each year. That seems young to give up on something other than maybe Twinkies, but there you go. 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.
  3. 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, environmental damage, and lifestyle choices. The skin also becomes thinner with time, again due to decreasing collagen, making it more prone to wrinkling.

What to do

You have options for addressing these issues. 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 can be countered with IPL treatments, Omnilux Skin Rejuvenation, and Fraxel fractional resurfacing.

And don’t stop with just the face

Dr. Kronberg 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.

We may be getting wiser with the passing years, but don’t tell that to our aging facial skin. Instead, call Dr. Kronberg at (713) 771-8941 and let’s help your skin turn back the clock.

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