Age is more than a result of passing time. It is a reflection of lessons learned, chances taken, and victories enjoyed. In addition to giving ourselves a pat on the back for making it this far, many of us also feel disheartened at the way that age has affected our appearance. It is not so much age exactly that causes lines and wrinkles, but a combination of various factors.
The environment and our skin. One of the primary causes of premature aging is exposure to ultraviolet light. As research has pointed to this fact, we have seen a major shift in people’s tanning habits. It is important to understand that small doses of sunshine, preferably in the early morning hours, are essential to the natural production of vitamin D. However, this typically means just 10 to 20 minutes of early morning sunlight. Anything more, without adequate protection, causes a breakdown in the collagen fibers that support overlying skin to appear smooth and youthful.
Stress. If only we could avoid the chronic stresses that most of us encounter on a daily basis. Alas, this may be as difficult to discover as the proverbial fountain of youth. When we are stressed, we are less likely to make sure we remain hydrated. We may reach for coffee or soda instead of a refreshing glass of water. As a result, our skin becomes dehydrated, and it becomes thin and fragile. Stress also robs us of the sleep that we need for our cells to regenerate efficiently. When we are stressed and we do not sleep, we suffer from problems such as sagging skin, and bags beneath the eyes.
Doing Damage Control
While we cannot avoid aging and we cannot avoid stress, and we are sure to be out in the sunshine at some point, that does not mean that we are forced to live with the consequences of the aging process and our environmental factors. We are happy to assist our patients in resolving their concerns with the latest techniques and facial plastic surgery. Our patients may also explore options for non-surgical solutions to issue such as sagging skin, brown spots, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Let’s do damage control together. Schedule your visit with us at (309) 662-6772.