Ageing is not just on the skins surface

24 May 2024

Ageing is not just on the skins surface.  

As we age, it not just collagen and elastin we lose, the muscles in our face undergo various changes also that contribute to the visible signs of aging. Just like the body if you don’t use them, you lose them!  Here are some key points about how facial muscles are affected by aging:

  1. Muscle Atrophy and Volume Loss:
    • Reduction in Muscle Mass: Just like muscles in other parts of the body, facial muscles can experience atrophy, or a decrease in muscle mass, as we age. This reduction contributes to a loss of facial volume.
    • Thinning of Muscle Fibers: Muscle fibers become thinner and less dense, leading to a less firm and toned appearance of the facial contours.
  1. Changes in Muscle Function and Tone:
    • Decreased Muscle Tone: The tone or firmness of facial muscles decreases with age. This can result in sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles, particularly in areas where the skin is already thin.
    • Weakened Muscle Contractions: The muscles may not contract as effectively, which can further accentuate the appearance of sagging and drooping, especially around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline.
  1. Effects on Facial Expression:
    • Dynamic Wrinkles: Over time, repetitive facial expressions (like smiling, frowning, or squinting) can lead to dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that form due to muscle movement. As the skin loses elasticity, these wrinkles can become more permanent.
    • Static Wrinkles: These wrinkles are present even when the face is at rest and become more pronounced as the underlying muscle support diminishes.
  1. Impact of Skin Changes:
    • Collagen and Elastin Decrease: Aging skin produces less collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin its firmness and elasticity. This loss exacerbates the effects of muscle atrophy and leads to more pronounced sagging and wrinkling.
    • Fat Redistribution: The fat pads under the skin of the face can shift and diminish, leading to hollowing in some areas and a heavier appearance in others, like jowls. This redistribution can change the underlying support structure for facial muscles.
  1. Overall Facial Structure Alteration:
    • Bone Resorption: The bones of the face also lose density with age, particularly in the jaw, cheeks, and eye sockets. This bone loss affects the attachment and effectiveness of facial muscles.
    • Skin Elasticity and Thickness: As the skin becomes thinner and less elastic, it is less able to support the underlying muscles, contributing further to the aged appearance.

To combat these changes, various interventions can be considered, including Emface the Non-Surgical facelift, Microneedling and or the use of cosmetic procedures like fillers and Botox. These treatments aim to restore volume, improve muscle tone, and enhance the overall youthful appearance of the face.