September 2016

Why your skin is Aging, and What you can do about it

Skin Aging | Denver CO When we are young, we do not know enough to treasure the natural asset that is our skin. This brings to mind that old saying “beauty is wasted on the young.” The outermost tissue on the body is protective in nature, and it is also something that, once we are older, we may start to mourn. Youthful skin looks supple and taught, even in tone and texture. Why? Because it is supported by a sea of collagen.

Collagen is a vital chemical in the body, not only for our skin, but also for our teeth, ligaments, bones, and more. There is no way to “put collagen in;” it must be synthesized from within. You may see topical products that market themselves for collagen, but the truth is that collagen particles are simply too large to penetrate the epidermis.

It isn’t only collagen that holds up our skin. Elastin and collagen work hand in hand, one maintaining firmness, and the other supporting elasticity. There are also amino sugars called as Glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs, that keep the space between collagen and elastin fibers plump with moisture.

The Consequence of Aging
With age, we notice unwanted changes in the skin. These changes come from two factors:

  • Intrinsic Aging is something over which we have no control. We may suffer very little from intrinsic aging if we are a winner in the genetic lottery, but most of us are not so lucky. The skin actually begins to age in our 20s, when the production of collagen decreases by 1% each year from here on out. Along with a drop in collagen comes the depletion of elastin and GAGs. This may seem very concerning. Would you be surprised to know, though, that this is not the primary reason we get wrinkles?
  • Extrinsic Aging can be a bit of good news. We can control this process, which means we have substantial control over the development of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other concerns. As you can guess, extrinsic aging is an external event. It is related to exposure. Exposure to the sun or other UV light, to chemicals, smoke, pollution, and more. When this type of aging breaks down connective tissues, we notice freckles, spots, thickening, rough texture, and more. The more we are exposed, the worse our skin looks.

There are so many ways to pamper the skin as it ages. Obviously, taking good care to avoid sun exposure and other external factors is advantageous. Professional care can also help. Call Fante Eye & Face Centre to see how.

Facial Aging, be Gone!

Facial Aging If only we could wave a magic wand at facial aging and reverse its visible appearance. The changes that develop across the various parts of the face often, at some point, become significant enough to cause us to feel less satisfied with our appearance. The fact is, we like to look good. Looking good makes us feel good, and we all like that, as well.

Feeling good about the way you look may be impeded by signs of aging such as:

  • Heavy eyelids and sagging brows that give the appearance of fatigue.
  • Disappearing cheekbones and a loss of curvature across the mid-face.
  • Folds and creases between the chin and mouth, or the mouth and the nose.
  • Lack of definition along the jaw line. Sagging jowls.
  • Loose, sagging skin beneath the chin and on the neck.
    These aesthetic concerns may be a normal part of aging, but we don’t have to like them. Alas, there is a silver lining! The abovementioned problems are no different today than they were for previous generations. This means that decades of research and development have gone into finding solutions. While we have a variety of ways to reverse the signs of aging on the face, Dr.

Fante and our team keep one thing in mind: the results need to look natural!

  • Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the leading cosmetic surgeries among American women and men. This procedure can focus on the upper or lower lids, or may be tailored to also include brow lifting.
  • A mini lift may concentrate on the upper part of the face, including the brow lift and forehead lift. One of Dr. Fante’s areas of expertise is in the performance of a mid-face lift, which restores fullness to the cheeks and more youthful under eye skin. The endoscopic technique used facilitates a faster procedure and shorter recovery.
  • Full face lift treatment used to be associated with an obviously tightened appearance. Not anymore. Each lifting procedure is conducted in a manner that results in

Patients of Fante Eye & Face Centre have options that also include injectables and other innovative techniques. For more information on how we can help you look younger, call (303) 839-1616.


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