By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
Most people are comfortable with growing old. However, looking old, or worse, older than you actually are, is not something that does not sit well with almost everyone. Race, genetics, and one’s lifestyle affect how and when one ages. It’s always 30 percent genetics but 70 percent environmental. Thinning hair, wrinkles, and pigmentation are some obvious signs that can also affect one’s confidence and self-esteem. So here are some of the certified #anti-aging hacks that can prevent or conceal the early signs of aging!
Run your fingers through dry hair, and if more than 10 strands fall, then your hair may be thinning. There are a lot of causes for thinning hair aside from aging like hormones, menopause, after giving birth, stress (after surgery, flu, significant weight loss), anemia, thyroid problems, lack of protein and iron and other more serious complications like lupus. You may want to check with your doctor as well. Meanwhile, always use hair conditioner, skip hairstyles that are too tight, and refrain from using styling products like a hot curling or straightening irons.
Older people have smaller, narrower eyes, but this is not because our eyes become smaller as we age, it is because of the fact that orbital cavity becomes bigger and more hollow and the eyes sink in, together with the protrusion of the fat situated above and below the eyes. Also, the forehead and medial cheeks lose volume, and these contribute to how your eyes look different with age. First thing to do is maintain good elasticity of the skin surrounding the eyes to make it look taut and firm. This is done by applying an eye cream with peptides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acids around the eyes atleast once a day. Botox is done to relax the orbicularis oculi muscle, softening the look and lessening the formation of lines readily. We can also use erbium glass non-ablative lasers for those who have already developed pronounced wrinkles around the periorbital area.
As we age, nose starts to appear wider and bigger, while the tip starts to droop. This is be because of the interplay of bone resorption, nasal tissue atrophy and downward muscle pull. We can correct this by putting threads and hyaluronic acid fillers to make the nose smaller and the tip lifted. A person may also opt for surgical rhinoplasty if she/he wants a long term results and not afraid of downtime.
Don’t ignore that vertical line on the center of your lip! As it gets deeper the volume of the lips change, and it looks less full and plump. Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected on lips to make them full again. To avoid fish like looking lips post procedure, better to use a quality hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm Volbella and Volift) and choose an experienced Aesthetic Specialist Physician to perform the procedure. Start a habit of moisturizing your lips ALL THE TIME and keep yourself hydrated as well to prevent chapping and dryness that can lead to wrinkled lips.
Jawline loses definition as we age. In younger years, the jaw has a defined right angle in relation to the neck. But as one ages, mandibular bone resorption occurs, thus the lost of definition. Also, the neck muscles (platysma) attached from the clavicle to the mandible pull everything down, contributing to sagging of the jawline and blurring its shape. It doesn’t help that more fat becomes more prominent in the jowls area. The best thing to do is to observe preventive measures such as application of antioxidants serum and botox to the platysma muscles of the neck. Also, injection of hyaluronic acid to the pre Jowl area and lifting and tightening with the use of high intense focused ultrasound (HIFU like Ultraformer and Ulthera) and Radiofrequency machines would lessen the severity. A surgical facelift can also make one look years younger.
While you can wear make-up to hide the signs of aging, the neck will always reveal your true age. ‘Turkey neck’ as they call it, is when the skin on the neck has lost its volume and becomes loose and sagging. Will you always hide it with turtlenecks and scarves? To prevent this, always include your neck as part of your skin regimen from now on. Treatments for sagging skin on the neck can be Botox that can target neck wrinkles, while lasers or Radiofrequency (RF) therapy or High Intense Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) can encourage collagen production. A neck lift may also be an option for significant sagging of the skin.
Hands and Knees
If you don’t see aging on the face, look at neck. If you don’t see it on the neck, look at the hands and knees. That’s why nowadays, several famous people have undergone volume correction of the hands and knees (by putting hyaluronic acids fillers or fat transfers) to make up for the loss collagen and volume. It also helps to apply moisturizer, topical antioxidants and sunblock especially to the hand in order to prevent formation of sunspots, age spots, and wrinkles. We can also use fractional lasers and mildly invasive Radiofrequency like Infini Smooth Glo and ThermiRF to the said area to improve the texture and elasticity.
As always, prevention is better than cure! No matter your race or genes, you can stil fight the signs of aging by starting a skin regimen and living a healthy and active lifestyle. If you have noticed lines and sagging, thinning hair, or other aging issues, ask your doctor the possible treatments available – there are a lot! Start living young this 2017 and beyond!