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If I Could Turn Back Time … Why Do We Age, and What Can We Do About It?

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At some point, we will look in the mirror and wonder where the time went. It would be nice if the years didn’t show on our faces, but like it or not, aging is a natural process that we don’t get to skip. We can, however, help slow down and, in some cases, even reverse some of the natural changes.

When we’re young, our faces have something called a “triangle of beauty.” The triangle is pointing down, with one point outside of each eyebrow and the final point at the chin. It symbolizes high cheekbones and a defined jawline. But as we age, the triangle slowly inverts. It’s a combination of gravity, reduced bony prominence, thinner skin, and less defined muscles. The cheeks become shallower, the jaw becomes less defined, and jowls may form.

These changes, to varying degrees, will happen to all of us. We can’t stop time from marching on, but we can take the necessary steps to keep our skin at its best. You can start by avoiding smoking, staying hydrated, and having a daily skin care regimen. It’s equally important to protect yourself from UV damage by wearing sunscreen every day. Remember, blue light from our phones and computer screens can damage our skin just like UV damage from the sun, so you need a sunscreen that’s adequately protective even when you’re indoors.

There are a million different skin care products on the market, and some routines are overly complicated. It can all get confusing and overwhelming. If you need any skincare help, we can simplify this and get you started with the perfect four: a cleanser, day cream, night cream, and sunscreen. Just mention “the perfect four” when you call. And if you’re ready for a slightly more advanced routine, we’ll be glad to help with that, too.

Eye Plastic Associates also offers fillers and Botox to help create a more youthful appearance. During your facial rejuvenation consultation, Dr. Scott will analyze your specific features to determine the best application for structural support to your face to help reduce folds and wrinkles — without it looking like you had work done. Finally, if your face needs a kickstart, microdermabrasion is an in-office treatment with instant results and absolutely no downtime.

If you have questions about gaining a more youthful look, call us today to schedule a consultation. We can’t turn back time, but we can help you minimize its appearance on your face.