Fixing Telltale Signs of Aging November 9, 2016 coleaesthetics There is simply no way to stop the aging process, much to the chagrin of many of us moving into those middle or later years of life. The physiological effects of aging are a given, although the rate at which they occur can vary from person to person. Fortunately, there are ways to reverse signs of aging no matter what age they first appear. Here is a rundown of some of the first areas where you might want to seek anti-aging treatments to restore your youthful vitality. Eyes The delicate skin around the eyes is one of the first places to begin to reveal the passage of time. Fine lines form in the outer corners of the eyes, while skin laxity contributes to the appearance of puffiness and bags underneath. Even the upper eyelid can begin to look aged, thanks to drooping and hooding that form around the brow line. Eye rejuvenation can be done in a number of ways. Early signs often respond well to injectable treatments that restore volume in the tear trough area and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. More noticeable aging symptoms can be addressed with a surgical procedure like an eyelid lift that produces dramatic, long-lasting results. Mouth The mouth is another area of the face that can begin to change earlier rather than later. The lips often begin to thin out, due to collagen loss that also leads to loose skin and the formation of wrinkles. Fine, vertical lines, known as “lipstick” lines can form above the upper lip, which creases known as “smile” lines can develop in the outer corners of the mouth. Most of these aging signs, including thinning lips, can be effectively treated using injectables. Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane smooth away lipstick lines while adding youthful volume to the lip line. These formulations are also a good choice for reducing the appearance of smile lines and other creases that form around the nose and mouth. Jawline and Neck The lower portion of the face can be especially vulnerable to the effects of skin laxity, producing distressing signs of aging like a double chin, jowls and a turkey wattle. These changes affect your entire facial profile and are often one of the first aging features you notice when you look at pictures of yourself. In addition to looking older, your new double chin may give the appearance you have put on weight even if you haven’t gained a pound. These aging symptoms are often some of the first to bring both men and women to plastic surgeons in search of improving definition in the jawline and reversing lines and loose skin around the neck area. There are many choices for treating these concerns, including an injectable treatment known as Kybella that eliminate submental fat underneath the chin. Injectable treatments can improve mild skin laxity, while surgical procedures are effective in reducing more pronounced signs of aging. Hands While your focus may typically be on your face as it starts to age, this isn’t the only area that will advance the years on your appearance. The hands also start to change at a younger age, with the appearance of age spots and protruding veins caused by collagen loss and thinning skin. Celebrities like Madonna may try to hide their aging hands under clothing, but there is a more permanent solution to this problem as well. Aging hands can be treated with some of the same skin rejuvenation procedures used on the face to remove brown spots and give the hands a smoother, suppler appearance. Injectable treatments restore youthful volume to the hands, making those bulging veins look less noticeable. No matter where you might see the signs of aging first, the staff at Cole Aesthetic Center has a treatment to help you look and feel your best at any age. To learn more, contact our office today at 360.613.2600.