What Does a Youthful Face Look Like?

Written by Avery Samuels, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD

What Does a Youthful Face Look Like?
Did you know that people make an ASSESSMENT about how old someone is based on their face in the first five seconds of meeting them? The reason for this is evolutionary – so WE can identify a “youthful” person to mate with.
Lines and wrinkles are signs of aging, but aging also occurs beneath the skin. Signs of aging exist at every layer of the facial structure, in collagen, in bone, in fat, and in skin.

The triangle of youth is what a youthful face is shaped like. It is light and a bit pointy on the bottom, naso-labial folds are moderate and the top part of the face – the eyes and the temples are full – there is no undereye hollowness and no temple hollowness.

The INVERTED triangle of youth
When we are young, facial features are defined, well contoured, and the face is top-heavy and bottom light. Gravity and aging haven’t begun taking their toll. This is commonly described as the triangle of youth. As we age, the triangle of youth becomes inverted. Take a look at this picture of a mother and daughter below. The big difference isn’t their skin, it’s the shape of their faces.

The triangle of aging
As we age, facial bone changes, soft tissues (like muscles) fall due to gravity, and skin sags and droops downward. Facial fat-pads shift down. The fat-pads beneath the chin increase in prominence, causing fullness between the neck and chin, also known as a “double chin.”

Most people aren’t born with a double chin, they acquire one with aging. Thankfully, there is a new injection called Kybella that melts the fat away from the double chin. It comes in 2ml vials in the United States, and most clients need 2-3 treatments of 2 vials each.

The effect of the lower face getting fuller can be described as the pyramid of age. The pyramid of age is inevitable. Aging is also unique to each person. Genetics play an important role in aging. How your mother and father ages can provide a glimpse into how your face may change over time. If you look more like your father and he’s aging better than your mom, congratulations, you are lucky!

Other factors like sun exposure, smoking, drugs, diet, and exercise can play a role in determining when aging begins—and how fast it progresses. Skincare plays a role but skincare cannot reverse fat pad or bone loss than happens with aging, as it only works topically.

Youthful skin is soft, supple, smooth, well hydrated, and rich with cells that renew relatively rapidly.

As we age, we experience a loss of facial glands, which results in less oil produced, contributing to less moisture in the skin. We lose collagen and elastin, which can lead to the formation of dynamic wrinkles, like laugh lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Sleeping on one side of the face repeatedly also contributes to this.

Due to repeated facial movement, dynamic wrinkles eventually become static lines that become etched into the skin over time. In addition, sagging can occur because skin is no longer able to bounce back as it did in our youth.

There are two great serums to combat aging skin on the face. One is SkinMedica’s TNS Essentiam Serum, which has growth factors, and other is SkinMedica’s HA5, which has hyaluoric acid.

Many factors impact the way our skin ages, including lifestyle choices and genetics.
– Lifestyle choices, like sun exposure, smoking, alcohol use, diet, and stress, can cause brown spots, rough skin, and wrinkles, as well as the premature onset and progression of aging.
– Genetics affect all layers of the skin and contribute to thinning, dryness, and loss of elasticity of the skin during the aging process.

The fat-pads in our face are located below the skin’s surface and help to provide volume, contours, and fullness.

When we grow older, our fat-pads get thinner and start to fall. As a result our face starts to not look as round and firm as it did in our youth. Hollows will form beneath the eyes, drooping skin can cause deeper lines around the nose and mouth, loose skin can result in a sagging jawline, and fat can accumulate beneath the chin, resulting in a “double chin.” The loss and downward movement of fat-pads can also make the face appear deflated and sunken in the cheek area.

Our facial muscles lie beneath our facial fat-pads. They are in repeated motion as we eat, laugh, smile, and frown.

As we age, gravity affects us. Our face loses it’s fat, and our repeated muscle activity can lead to the deep wrinkles you start to see. As a result, lines start appearig. Crow’s feet form at the outer corners of our eyes, and creases form between our brows.

Your facial muscles also get weaker over time. Loss of muscle tone and thinning skin can give the face a loose, sagging appearance. Your jawline starts to lose its contour, and your profile becomes less defined.

The bones in our face provide the foundation for our muscle, fat-pads, and skin. This bone structure gives us our unique facial shape and contour. A youthful bone structure has full and high cheeks—as shown in the triangle of youth—and defined brow bones and less sunken eye areas.

With age, we start to experience facial bone loss. This type of loss changes the shape, size, and contour of our face. This will cause areas around our eyes to get larger, a decrease in the angle of our brow bone, and a less sculpted jawline.

The aging process has an impact beyond the facial wrinkles and lines that form on the skin’s surface. Aging affects multiple layers, including the bone, muscles, fat-pads, and skin. This is important to understand, as it will help you and your Master Provider decide on the treatment option that will give you the best results.

The goal of aesthetic treatments is to help restore facial volume and correct age-related shadow patterns inherent to the aging face. Talk to your Master Provider today about a free facial assessment so you can discuss customized treatment options for your facial structure, genetics, and aging process! With us, you can learn how you can look your best and not overdone.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a great option for those who want to restore their triangle of youth and have a thin face! The optimal placement of Sculptra is in the temples so that the youthful face can be restored. This minimizes naso-labial folds and makes the overall shape as close to the triangle of youth as possible. Remember, a youthful face is full on the top and light on the bottom. Jowling, sagginess, and heaviness is not present in the bottom portion of a youthful face.

To restore a youthful face for most clients 2-3 treatments of 2 vials each of Sculptra are typically recommended. They should be spaced about 6 weeks apart. Some bruising and swelling is possible but usually resolves on its own in a few days. Sculptra results are not immediate, the full results are typically visible in about 60 days. After the first year, we recommend a touch up of 1 vial every year.

Ask about a free juvly assessment to decide on the best treatment plan to achieve the results you want. Follow us on Instagram @juvly_aesthetics to see some of our client transformations!

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