Facial aging happens to everyone, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Though it can happen at different times for different people, facial aging is often first noticed between the ages of 30 and 50. It is a common struggle that happens to both men and women, though it is sometimes more noticeable in women. Skincare products can only go so far, especially if they aren’t started until the damage is already visible. By consulting with a professional dermatologist in Bloomfield Hills, people can learn more about facial aging and how they can get ahead of it to preserve a more youthful appearance. Between professional care and the use of the right products, almost anyone can find the results they desire.

The layers of the face from the skin down age and break down over time

A youthful face has tight, supple skin that is thicker and holds moisture well. As the skin ages, the skin begins to thin out. At the same time it becomes drier and requires more moisturizer. Skin contains collagen to provide elasticity that begins to disappear with age. All of these changes make skin more likely to wrinkle and hang loosely. Another problem is the loss of fat and shrinking of facial bones in the face. A youthful appearance also depends on having the proper amount and combination of fat and bone structure in the right places beneath the skin. As this also breaks down the face wrinkles, sags, and jiggles. Faces also have a layer of muscle beneath the fat, and when the fat breaks down lines and wrinkles appear where the muscles contract.

The signs of facial aging show up in many areas on the face

The face tends to age gradually in multiple places at once, although some areas are more noticeable than others. Many people begin to see lines on their forehead, and between their eyebrows. The eyes are also a prominent sign of aging, beginning with crow’s feet at the corners and gradually progressing to sagging skin above the eyelids and pouches below the eyes. As the cheeks lose fat they appear to sink in, showing more of the skeletal shape beneath. The hollows create areas where skin hangs and sags. The mouth also shows signs of aging in the form of lines around the lips and sagging skin around the chin. As age progresses these signs become much more noticeable, until they can no longer be ignored.

A Dermatologist can treat an aging face

Some people are completely comfortable with the changes of age, but others are not.  Contact Dr. Balle, a board certified dermatologist who is experienced with cosmetic procedures to fight facial aging. Dr. Balle will discuss your concerns and review the various treatment options to create a plan to help you feel happier with you face and able to smile with a more youthful appearance.