It’s inevitable that your face will age and change as you get older. But, how much of it is necessary to fix? And when is it ok to let some of the effects of time show on your face (should you choose to wear them proudly)? Everyone ages at a different rate, depending on genetics, health status and environmental factors like smoking and sun exposure. We asked the experts what the real formula for the ageless face looks like and how to go about getting it, so that you still look like yourself—just younger and better.
For some, genetics can cause their eyes to age faster than others. The result: puffiness under the eyes, which often comes along with loose skin that can occur on both the upper and lower eyelids. A surgical blepharoplasty to correct the eyes that suffer from loose skin is the best mode of treatment.
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“A big part of the the formula for restoring a more youthful look is to replace lost volume, which can be done with fat transfer or the use of subdermal fillers injected deep within the skin,” says San Jose, CA, facial plastic surgeon Chase Lay, MD.
Redefined Jawline and Contours
As skin starts to lose elasticity, it tends to take on more of a slack appearance, particularly affecting the lower part of the face. It’s critical to lift and tighten the underlying structures of the fat, muscle and tissue when operating on the face. This helps redefine contours and give a natural look that doesn’t look pulled or overly tight.
A Lower Face That Points Down Like a Soft Triangle
“As fat disappears from areas of the face such as the cheeks and the temples, the face slowly transforms from an inverted triangle shape into more of a flat and hollow one. That’s why it’s important to take a proactive approach to anti-aging in your 20s, 30s and 40s and beyond with volumizing agents,” says Dr. Lay.
Smooth, Spot-Free Skin
Packed with high levels of hyaluronic acid, amino acids and ceramides, Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream ($19) works like both a serum and a moisturizer to give skin a hydrated, lifted effect and make it feel softer, while also camouflaging signs of aging.