December 5th, 2019
Flip through the pages of this magazine (or any magazine) and you will see advertisements for a myriad of beauty products enticing you with the latest and greatest anti-aging miracles. However, despite the vast amount of marketing dollars aimed to get you excited about some fat-reducing device, magic skin cream, or whizz-bang injectable treatment, cosmetic medicine is still medicine, delivered (mostly) by trained professionals who have dedicated a significant portion of their life learning the nuances of anatomy and the aging process. In medicine, any successful treatment starts with making the right diagnosis. This article will discuss common aging changes and the best ways to treat them.
Even though each of us are unique and special (your mother was right about that!), all of us experience the changes associated with the aging process in very specific ways. From outside to inside, the following changes occur:
Years of ultraviolet radiation contributes to the aging of the skin, appearance of “dark spots”, the loss of the elasticity of the skin (it gets saggy), and a leathery texture. In addition, the skin’s production of growth factors slows after about age 35, which causes the skin to thin over time.
The soft tissue under the skin (fat and muscle tissue mainly) loses support over time, causing it to become loose and descend. There is also a notable age-related loss of volume of the soft tissue – it gets smaller over time, especially in the central face and around the mouth and eyes. This causes an accelerated aging look, and contributes to the “sad” appearance many people complain about as they age.
While we don’t tend to think about bone changing with time, it does. These changes are most pronounced around the eyes, nose, and lower jaw; as the bone shrinks in these areas, the overlying soft tissue and skin lose their “foundation”. This contributes to the soft-tissue descent (the “saggy look”) and hollowing of the eye-sockets.
In the end, cosmetic medicine and surgery is still that – medicine and surgery. One of the basic principles in medicine is that in order to choose the right treatment and have any hope of success, you have to start by making the right diagnosis. That said, it is important to choose a health care provider with detailed knowledge of anatomy and the changes associated with the aging process.
Give us a call at (865) 973-9500 to learn more information about these treatments or to take the first step in turning back the clock on the aging process by scheduling your consultation.
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