When we start aging, it definitely starts showing on our faces. And with different features on the face aging differently, it can most likely be attributed to the shape of said face. Dr Rory McGoldrick, Board Certified Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery clinic, discusses how different shaped faces age, as well as what actions can be takes to delay this process.
As age catches up, the face goes through volume loss, which is both bone and soft tissue - mainly fat, in addition to skin changes. Different areas of the face age differently, depending on the shape of the face as outlined below:
If you have a round face, the first places that will feel the effects of age are your cheeks. This is because round-faced people have more fat on the cheeks than anywhere else on their face leaving them more predisposed to lose more volume on the cheeks area, which makes the face look droopy. This droopiness normally leads to more pronounced nasolabial folds and less and less jawline definition.
What you can do: For volume restoration, which this kind of tissue-loss needs, I would advise hyaluronic acid fillers, which are made for that purpose. The dermal fillers are not permanent, but they can last for up to 12 months, and they will definitely slow down the aging process. Also, one can opt for what is termed as Nefertiti Lift, which is a non-surgical treatment that uses Botox to define the jawline and lift the neck.
Rectangle faces are normally longer than they are wider. Most people with the rectangle face have an aesthetically good facial skeleton or bone structure, i.e. good/high cheek bones, and he/she is less predisposed to bad or poor aging, due to the support the high cheek bones provide to the surrounding tissues. But when aging catches up, the first place to be affected is the Jawline and then the neck, which leads to what is known as a “turkey-neck”.
What you can do: Firming treatments are recommended; and since in this day and age more and more plastic surgeons are opting for non-surgical treatments, I would recommend Kybella, which is a minimally invasive treatment where deoxycholic acid is injected into the chin area to dissolve fat and tighten skin. It is the perfect option for a person who has lost firmness on the neck area with a less defined jawline.
Oval faces tend to be longer than they are wider and the first signs of aging for this face shape are experienced on the cheeks and around the yes. The temples start to become hollow and the cheeks lose their volume. This leads to loss of definition on the cheek bones, upper eye-lid hooding, and hollow temples that result in crows’ feet.
What can be done: One should go for a treatment that restores volume to the temples and cheek areas. Strategically injected hyaluronic acid fillers can give a natural fullness and an immediate lift, in addition to a more contoured face structure.
This is for people with a wide forehead and a pointed Jawline and chin. The aging starts on the forehead and temples, which is the upper half of the face and can lead to hooded upper eyelids and a droopy forehead. This means that your biggest enemy is wrinkles and fine lines including crows’ feet.
What can be done: Botox is mostly the answer, because when it’s injected into the areas where the fine lines and wrinkles are present (forehead and crows’ feet), then it lifts up the eyebrows, which opens up the eyes to a more lively and youthful look. Depending on how far the drooping has progressed, an upper eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty) surgical procedure would be recommended.
At the end of the day, we are all different with different ethnicities, genetics, backgrounds and lifestyles. Nobody ages the same way, making some people more lucky and others a little bit unlucky when it comes to the aging process. On the other hand, aging isn't a straight line. When we reach our 40s, the aging process accelerates and that's why having maintenance treatments along the way is better to slow down the accelerated aging process. That's why in this day and age, we are moving away from big invasive surgeries to lasers, fillers, thread lifts etc. which give far more flexibility and customizations, and can also be termed as lunch-hour procedures, meaning the patient doesn’t spend days on downtime.