Many Washington, DC area residents are turning to dermal fillers as a way of reversing some of the negative effects that aging is having on their face. These fillers have helped many recapture some of their youthful appearance while combating against the loss of facial volume and the static wrinkles that accompany aging.
Many people wonder why they age the way that they do. Much of the aging process is still a mystery. For around 20 years, you grow up. Your body matures in a healthy and attractive way. After you reach your mid-20s, instead of growing up, you start to grow older. Over the next five to eight decades, you experience a slow and consistent physical collapse. Time continually moves forward, and it seems to want to have the biggest impact on your face.
The aging process leads to a number of skin complaints, including lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes. The change in facial appearance is clear for all to see as it takes place on a large scale. You watch with frustration as a once-plump face becomes hollow. Tight skin starts to sag, and the shape of your face actually changes.
To one degree or another, all of us have been changed by time. There is nothing that can be done to permanently stop time and reverse our appearance. However, the more we understand about why we age the way we do, the better chance we have of taking steps to slow down signs of the aging process on our skin.
Understanding the Aging Process
The way that we age, especially when it comes to our bone, skin, and soft tissue, is determined in part by our genes. Another factor that determines how we will age is the wear and tear we put on our bodies and the environment that we are in.
When you are young, the cells that make up your facial tissue are vibrant. They hold skin and facial structures where they need to be. This is why when you look at a young individual or when you look at a younger photograph of yourself, you will notice that your cheekbones are well-defined. Your face has clear contours. You can see the difference between plump areas and areas that have subtle depressions. All of these factors are what make a face look youthful.
As you get older and as time passes, the boundaries between defined, sharp areas and fat areas start to blur. Your skin and other tissues start to lose their integrity. The result is that facial fat is displaced. Or it starts to migrate into areas where facial fullness did not exist before. This is one of the reasons why people will develop jowls or will have a double chin.
As your skin starts to lose integrity, it loses its ability to fight against the pull that gravity has. This is why you will see your skin almost move downward. When it comes to rejuvenating an aging face, the idea is to help support the facial structures. It also involves restoring fullness to areas where fat pads have shrunk away, like around the eyes.
Where is the Aging Process Most Prominently Seen?
You will see the effects of aging from your forehead down to your chin. When you look at your forehead, you will notice the development of horizontal creases and deep wrinkles. These wrinkles are also seen in between your eyebrows. These give the face an aged appearance.
You will notice that your eyebrows begin to sag down and are closer to the eyelids. The skin around your eyelids starts to bunch together. You start to lose that sharp and crisp eyelid crease that you had in youth. All of this gives you an older and more tired appearance. Along your lower eyelids, your skin starts to take on the appearance of crêpe paper. It is not uncommon for a person to develop dark circles under the eyes as they age.
One of the most telling signs of aging is the loss of facial volume in the mid-face. Your face has a number of fat compartments that in youth are held in place by ligaments. As these ligaments lose their retaining power, the fat begins to push out and starts to migrate to lower parts of your face. For example, the fat that you have in your cheeks, which gives your cheeks that plump and youthful appearance, starts to travel down and collect in the area underneath your nose and your lips. This accounts for the wrinkles that begin to develop around your mouth.
As this fat migrates, your cheekbones begin to lose their definition. The fat that you had in the lower part of your face also migrates and starts to sit along your jawline and under your chin. So you begin to develop a double chin, and you might even have jowls. As all of this is happening, your skin is losing elasticity. So it starts to sag more. The bones of your face are also changing. If you have lost a few teeth, your jaw will start to remodel itself as a result.
How Looking Older Can Affect the Way That You Feel
Researchers have seen that a person’s self-esteem gets better once they pass adolescence and hit adulthood. However, the same research shows that there is a point where an adult’s self-esteem can start to plummet, especially when it comes to their physical appearance.
For many people, their self-esteem is connected to their body image. It is understandable why aging can be a cause of upset. Even people who say that they are able to accept the inevitable physical changes that come with aging still are not out of the woods. By the time we hit our mid to late 50s, we may have things we really dislike about our appearance due to the natural aging process.
Aging can affect a person’s self-image. This is the way that their physical appearance affects the way they view themselves. This is what determines whether a person feels that they are attractive or whether other people like the way that they look.
Self-esteem has a lot to do with how much a person feels that they are worth and how much other people feel they are worth. Self-esteem is essential as it means feeling good about oneself, and it can have an impact on a person’s mental health. Self-esteem influences a person’s behavior. When a person has high self-esteem, it is said that they know themselves well. They are realistic about how they look, and they surround themselves with people who appreciate who they are. When a person has good self-esteem and feels happy about their appearance, they have more control of their own life because their accurate assessment of their strengths and weaknesses allows them to see life in a balanced way.
There’s nothing wrong with looking at yourself in the mirror and realizing that there is something about your appearance that you don’t like. There’s nothing wrong with saying that facial volume loss is affecting your self-esteem. Just a few years ago, there was absolutely nothing that anyone could do to reverse the aging process in a safe and non-surgical way. Thankfully, modern science has come up with tools like dermal fillers that have made it possible for men and women in the Washington, DC area and elsewhere to attack some of the frustrating parts of the aging process and restore their youthful appearance to some degree.
Why You Should Use Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are unbelievably popular for those looking to rejuvenate their face. They are popular because they can produce noticeable results without surgery or recovery time. Most people want to recapture their youthful appearance in a way that’s quick, simple, and natural-looking.
Fillers are primarily used to address fine lines and wrinkles. They can also increase volume and add fullness to skin that has started to suffer as a result of volume loss. Fillers can also be used for cheek enhancement.
One of the more popular uses for dermal fillers is to augment the size of the lips. This treatment has become popular because it has been used by many famous movie stars, TV stars, and Internet influencers. Some people have even used fillers as a way to increase the volume of other facial areas.
When these treatments are administered by a trained professional, the results can be unbelievably natural-looking. Most men and women who use fillers don’t want to look like they have had work done. They just want to look refreshed. Dermal filler treatments are ideal for a person who just wants to take the edge off of the facial lines that have been caused by aging.
Dermal fillers come in many varieties. There are different fillers to address different issues. For example, some fillers are designed to dissipate within months. Others are designed to be longer-lasting.
When determining the filler that is right for you, our professional staff is going to take into consideration your wants and needs. This is why we must have a consultation with each one of our clients before we begin the treatment. Our goal is to determine what filler is going to be right for your needs. During this discussion with you, we are not only going to talk about how you want to look after treatment, but we are also going to discuss your current health condition, any medications you are taking, and any other circumstances we should be aware of before administering the treatment to make sure it is safe for you.
The aging process can be a challenge to deal with. Thankfully, you don’t have to accept aging as it comes. While you cannot stop the hands of time, there are certain things you can do to slow them down. Book an appointment at ProMD Health to learn more information about dermal fillers. We have offices in Arlington, Annapolis, and Baltimore. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.