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Anatomy of Ageing

Age Proofing the Face!

Very often we will look in the mirror and just be dissatisfied with one or other area of our facial appearance. There is so much choice in treatments now and so much on the TV and internet, that we feel we have enough knowledge to book up a treatment in a local clinic. This is usually fine, but it is so much better to have expert advice as you could be spending money on one thing when what you actually need for long term, lovely results could be in another type of treatment. There is a secret to making yourself look older but much better without looking fake.

 In a consultation with Alison, she will be looking at your skin and appearance objectively, assessing the skin condition, volume loss and skin elasticity to give you a 3D assessment for real results and natural looking outcomes. 

It is her extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and physiology with special application in aesthetic treatment, which gives you assurance that you are in safe hands. Alison will be fair and honest and offer you the best value treatments. 

Alison has been running a cosmetic clinic full time for 9 years and has carried out thousands of treatments. She is able to offer you impartial and safe advice on a wide range of treatment options. 

Anatomy of Ageing

Warning - this is grim reading! 

To help understand why we look older as time goes by, it helps to know what's going on underneath the skin. We often just at our skin when looking in the mirror. But that's just part of the story. 

 Ageing starts in our twenties.  

1. Skin Changes

Skin Surface:

The surface of the skin becomes slightly rougher and its cell turnover slows and becomes less efficient. 

Oil secretion changes causing both dull, dry skin and oily patches and pore size increases 

Skin Colour: 

The skin's pigment also changes and becomes irregular and we form dark spots through sun exposure, hormone changes and environmental factors  

Skin Tightness: 

As we produce less collagen and elastin, the skin loses its natural plumpness and radiance, becomes looser, thinner and sags with gravity. With repeated muscle movement over the years, we form lines and wrinkles around our eyes and mouth.  

2. Volume Loss - Fat & Bone Changes

We all start to notice, especially in photos, the ominous shadows in our cheeks, mouth lines and neck. This is natural volume loss through fat shrinkage and sinking and bone loss. Facial fat has little to do with body fat. - although if you have very low body fat, facial fat pads will shrink and not be returned. Facial fat is in the form of segmented pads, which lie between the muscles and bones and form our facial contours and plumpness of youth. As we age, these fat pads slowly shrink and sink causing hollows and shadows - temples, upper cheeks, lower face, nose to mouth lines.

The bones of the face also start to reduce in size and density. Calcium is re-absorbed (especially in women) which leads to a loss in bone size especially, eye sockets, nose, jaw line - hence the skin becomes "the table cloth which is too big for the table" and we have skin which sags below the jaw line forming jowls. Eye bags also form as the eye socket enlarges and the fat pads fall into loose skin underneath.


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