Constantly on show and the first area to show signs of ageing, stress and fatigue, the face responds well to even the smallest of interventions – reduce the frown, freshen the skin or highlight the eyes. Every area of the face can now be treated to give natural, long-lasting results with minimal downtime.
The ageing process is mostly about volume loss; loss of fat, muscle, hydration and even bone from the face, starting at the tender age of around 30. Sagging of the skin is the result of a shrinking support rather than loosening support tissues, although this does happen in much later life (and sooner if we neglect ourselves by smoking, inadequate diet or sun exposure).
In women facial volume is represented by curves – attractive areas of the face that reflect light and give an idea of the softness and femininity that lies beneath. The forehead, cheeks, jawline, nose. As volume fades the curves flatten out, ultimately becoming hard edges, shadows and indentations. The light is shattered, the facial curves are broken and the face looks tired, drawn, less feminine and fatigued. At any age these curves are important; restoration of the curves results in a younger, fresh, less tired look and youthful profile. Lines are no longer relevant. It’s the facial harmony, balance, curves and light play that are important.
In men, an attractive face is made up of straight lines, powerful bony prominences and strong angles. Men, equipped with these bone-related features age better, but still respond to volume enhancement should they wish to enhance or retain these features with the passage of time, and particularly after illness, smoking, sun exposure or severe volume loss.