7 Top Factors that Accelerate Facial Aging

By Dr. William Cohen on May 27, 2020

young woman outside holding a flower and smiling with blue sky backgroundThere are plenty of treatments that can rejuvenate your appearance. Facial plastic surgery in particular can make you look and feel younger. But what if you could reduce the signs of aging to begin with? Our team at Advanced ENT and Plastic Surgery in Orange, CA, explores seven of the top factors that accelerate facial aging and offers advice on how to reduce the risk of skin damage.

#1: Lifestyle Habits

It comes as no surprise that tobacco and alcohol use can affect overall health. These habits can also have a significant negative effect on the appearance of your skin. To remain supple and youthful, the skin requires sufficient collagen, elastin, hydration, and oxygen. Tobacco and alcohol deplete the body of necessary nutrients, which can increase the effects of aging over time.

#2: Dietary Choices

Moderation is key when it comes to the foods you eat. Diets full of fat, sugar, and processed foods can put aging on the fast track. In addition, certain foods like sugar and dairy contribute to inflammation in the body, which can make the skin age much faster. To keep your skin looking younger and healthier, incorporate more fruits and veggies into your everyday diet.

#3: Excess Exposure to the Elements

The harmful effects of UV rays on the skin is no secret. Excessive sun exposure leads to age spots, discoloration, and other issues like toughening of the skin. Similar concerns can occur for those who live in colder climates. Instead of appearing tougher, the skin can actually appear thinner and develop wrinkles. To combat these signs of aging, our team recommends that patients moisturize and use proper sun protection year-round.

#4: Sleep Habits

During sleep, the body initiates repair processes for several tissues in the body, including the skin. Insufficient sleep can eventually lead to aging. Perhaps more surprisingly, facial skin can age more rapidly if you always sleep on the same side. Laying in the same position night after night can actually impede circulation and exacerbate wrinkles.

#5: Emotional Health

Life is full of ups and down. Individuals with chronic depression often have elevated cortisol levels, which can compromise collagen production and inhibit the skin’s ability to repair itself. Additionally, if you frown often, these muscles are tensed over and over. This can lead to permanent fine lines and wrinkles.

#6: Certain Medications

All medications have side effects. Certain medications, such as corticosteroids for arthritis or asthma, can decrease elastin and collagen production. As a result, the skin becomes thinner. These medications can also increase the possibility of rupturing blood vessels and broken capillaries.

Other medications, such as certain antibiotics or diuretics, cause photosensitivity, which makes the skin more sensitive to sun damage. Knowing the side effects of these drugs can help individuals take proper precautions.

#7: Using the Wrong Skincare Products

When it comes to cleansing and moisturizing the skin, gentle is best. If you use products that burn or sting, it means your skin is irritated. Chronic irritation can lead to accelerated aging. Ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon which products are right for your skin type.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

Avoiding these common factors can help boost your skin’s vitality and reduce the appearance of aging. To learn more and schedule a visit, reach out to our Orange plastic surgery practice, serving Placentia and nearby communities. You can call us at (714) 203-1318 or contact us online anytime.

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