A variety of factors contribute to how quickly the aging process begins and progresses in each person. Some people start seeing wrinkles as early as their late 20s and early 30s, while others seem to stay looking young well into their 30s and early 40s and even beyond. No matter what stage you are in in the aging process, wrinkles and sagging skin can be frustrating and disheartening, particularly if you started noticing signs of aging earlier than most people. While environmental factors and lifestyle do play a major role in wrinkles, there does appear to be a genetic link to early aging.
How Genetics Affect Aging
A new study published in Nature magazine indicates that genes passed down from the maternal side of the family affect how soon the aging process begins. If your mother started showing signs of aging early on, you may have the tendency to do the same.
The Good News
Fortunately, the genetic link is nowhere near the most important factor contributing to wrinkling and aging. How you care for your skin is much more important than your genetic makeup. A study on aging in twins concluded that lifestyle differences and weight before and after the age of 40 had a significant impact on how old each twin looked. If you would like to keep your skin looking more youthful and radiant, care and prevention are the best tools.
Start a skincare regimen if you have not already. It is important to care for your skin correctly, depending on its type (oily, dry, combination), and be sure to avoid over-washing. Moisturizing is also key to maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Make sure to remove any makeup completely at night to avoid clogged pores and bacteria buildup.
Sun exposure accelerates aging and increases your chance of developing skin cancer. Use sunscreen as much as possible, and reapply often. Wearing protective clothing will also help prevent damage to your skin from the elements.
Overall health contributes to skin health, which can help you stay looking younger for longer. Exercise, a healthy diet, proper hydration, and enough sleep all contribute to your skin quality.
If you are already struggling with wrinkles and sagging skin, prevention may not be enough. In this case, the best course of action may be treatments with a plastic surgeon. Here are some popular and effective treatments for a more youthful look.
Non-Invasive Treatment Options
ZO Skin Care
A prescription grade skincare line, the ZO systems are tailored for different purposes, including damage prevention and skin rejuvenation. Some systems include both internal and topical treatments.
The most popular anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox is an injectable treatment that works by paralyzing certain muscles just enough to relax wrinkling in the face. The results typically last about 3-4 months. Dysport and Xeomin are similar products.
Fillers are injected in the same way as Botox, but they work in a different way. As the name suggests, fillers actually fill in wrinkles temporarily. Their results can last for a few months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used and the injection location.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Chemical peels are a type of simple resurfacing procedure that rejuvenates skin and helps reduce wrinkling. The peel removes the top layer of skin, leaving new and rejuvenated skin below. Following a peel, the skin will return to normal within a few days to a few weeks depending on the depth of the peel.
Laser Treatments and Radiofrequency Treatments
Laser treatments resurface skin in a similar way to a chemical peel. Laser treatments have a “downtime” of about 5-10 days, depending on the type and intensity of treatment. Pellevé is a painless radiofrequency treatment with no down time that can help stimulate collagen production for continued results.
Surgical Treatment Options
The face lift is a classic procedure that has evolved greatly over the last few years. There are now a great many ways to customize the face lift procedure to suit each patient’s needs. Various areas can be treated at once, including the midface, brow, neck, and eye areas. A mini lift can also be performed when aging is not advanced enough to warrant a full face lift.
Brow lifts are a good choice for patients who have just started aging, as the forehead is a common place for wrinkling to begin. The procedure is fairly non-invasive, particularly when performed endoscopically, a common brow lift technique.
A Knowledgeable Provider
Whichever treatment you choose, you should always take care to receive your treatments from a provider who is experienced and knowledgeable about the procedure you are interested in. Dr. Stuart Bentkover offers all of the procedures discussed above, and he has decades of experience helping people look younger. For more information on any of these procedures or to schedule your consultation, visit www.drbentkover.com. You can also contact Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery directly in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to set up your appointment.