What Causes Your Face To Sag as You Age?

These days, many people have become more interested in the science behind aging. One bodily feature that individuals tend to focus on is the face. In observing the appearance of older people, it’s common to note that their faces have begun to sag. There are numerous reasons why the human face begins to drop as we age. The epidermis, or outer skin, of the face is attached to the underlying muscle through the hypodermis. Along with your skin’s innate elasticity, this underlying muscle determines how taut your face will be over the course of time. There are several other factors that can determine whether your face will drop and to what extent. Here are several of them: Age Your age affects your skin as well as the muscles of your face. Beneath the weight of fat and skin, your muscles can start to sag and stretch. Additionally, people tend to lose skin elasticity as they age, and this loss contributes to facial droop. Additionally, ongoing sun damage and smoking can begin to take its toll as a person ages by breaking down the collagen in the skin. Because collagen is required to maintain the skin’s elasticity, individuals who engage in behaviors that break it down will oftentimes experience more facial sagging than others. Nerve Injury and Stroke Another factor that can contribute to facial sagging is injury and stroke. Specifically, the lack of blood being supplied to the brain due to hemorrhaging or a blockage causes brain cell death. This can in turn cause paralysis in the face. This paralysis precludes muscles from functioning properly and can thereby lead to facial sagging. Lack Of Facial Movement The repetitive facial movements that transpire during activities such as eating and frowning engage specific muscles while leaving others underdeveloped. Underdeveloped facial muscles can contribute to facial drooping. Preventing Facial Sagging In recognizing the various factors that can lead to facial drooping during the aging process, many people are interested in learning how to combat the problem. One of the best ways to do so is by making positive lifestyle changes. One such change is the implementation of a meal plan that includes foods that increase collagen production, some of which include tomatoes, peppers, beets, spinach, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, blackberries, raspberries, oranges and limes. Additionally,if you find that the homeopathetic remedies can’t aren’t giving you the result you don’t want. The easiest, most secure way to reverse facial sagging will be through rejuvenation rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift  or brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.

Eyelid surgery can greatly create a youthful face by opening the eyes ( Left: before, Right: After)


Facelift before and after

What a facelift won’t do

As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

Talk to an Experienced Miami Plastic Surgeon

When considering all these facts, local anesthesia is often better and a much safer choice for plastic surgery patients. Here at Aventura Plastic Surgery procedures like a facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, chin implant, cheek augmentation, and rhinoplasty can all be done using local anesthesia. Give us a call at (305) 974-0505 for more information and to schedule a consultation.

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