Most Common Signs of Aging and How to Treat Them

Treating common signs of aging

Some things get better with age. The skin, however, is usually not one of these things. As you grow older, the collagen and elastin in your skin break down, making way for an array of aging signs.

So, what should you be on the lookout for? Below, Dr. Bruce Barach explains the most common signs of aging and how to treat them.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are the branching wrinkles that form at the outer corners of the eyes. They become more noticeable over time, after repeated squinting and frowning.

Solution: Botox is a popular solution for pesky crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox relaxes the wrinkles and lines in the area, allowing them to smooth out.

Droopy Eyelids

As you age, the skin and tissue on the upper eyelids begin to sag, causing the eyes to appear smaller, older and tired. In some cases, the skin can hang so low that it interferes with the line of sight.

Solution: Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids. When treating the upper lids, the procedure lifts the tissues to a more youthful and natural position on the face, creating an energetic and alert appearance.

Frown Lines and Sagging Brows

The skin, tissue and muscles on the brow are quite affected by the aging process and effects of gravity. It’s not uncommon for the brow to descend downward over time, creating a worried or older appearance.

Solution: Botox can be used to soften the appearance of frown lines. If both frown lines and sagging brows are present, brow lift is a more appropriate choice. During brow lift, excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscular tissue is raised, smoothing out wrinkles and frown lines in the process.

Sunken or Hollow Cheeks

Over time, the skin loses elasticity, fat may become displaced and muscle tone is lost. When this occurs, saggy-looking cheeks or hollow pockets in the cheeks become more noticeable.

Solution: Facelift addresses the middle and lower regions of the face, including the cheeks. During the procedure, saggy cheek skin is removed and tightened, while the underlying tissues are elevated and repositioned to create a more youthful appearance. An alternative treatment to sunken or hollow cheeks is dermal filler treatment, which involve restoring youthful volume to flat cheeks using temporary filler products. 

Sagging Jowls

The loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity affects the jaw line as well. The skin can literally hang downward, creating saggy jowls and obscuring the jaw and neck lines.

Solution: Facelift can elevate the jowls to a more youthful position for a better defined jaw line and lower facial region.

To discuss your aging concerns and goals with Dr. Barach, schedule a personal consultation. Contact our Albany practice today to speak to a member of our team today.