When the aging process kicks in, the first place it starts showing is on the face, from wrinkles and fine lines to loss of volume. Different areas of the face can age differently which can most likely be attributed to the shape of your face. I caught up with Dr. Rory McGoldrick, a Dubai-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who shed more light on how your face shape ages and what you can possibly do to delay or reverse the process.
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How Your Face Shape Contributes to Aging
Rectangle faces, according to Dr. Rory, are normally longer than they are wider. Most people with the rectangle face shape have an aesthetically good facial skeleton or bone structure, i.e. good/high cheek bones, and are 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”. “For this face shape firming treatments are recommended; like the non-invasive 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 in the neck area with a less defined jawline.”
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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. This leaves 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. “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, Juvederm, are not permanent, but they can last for up to 12 months, and they will slow down the aging process.”
If you have a wide forehead and a pointed Jawline and chin, then you probably have a heart-shaped face. Aging will start 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. “For this face shape, Botox is your friend. This is because when it’s injected into the areas where the fine lines and wrinkles are present 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 can also do wonders.”
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 eyes. 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. “If you have this face shape, you should opt 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.”
At the end of the day, according to Dr. Rory, we all come from different ethnicities, genetics, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Nobody ages the same way, making some people luckier and others a little less lucky when it comes to the aging process. On the other hand, face shape or not, aging isn’t a straight line. And the best thing you can do is to take care of yourself and avoid habits like overexposure to the sun, smoking, and drinking among others, that accelerate the aging process.