How Your Skin Changes Throughout Life

You’re probably familiar with the most common signs of aging—wrinkles and fine lines, dark spots, and sagging skin—but you may not know exactly why these changes occur as you get older. The answer lies in the evolving structure of your skin, which is changing in every stage of life. Understanding what is happening beneath the surface of your skin can help you better manage the signs of aging you see on the surface, or even reverse some of the damage. 

Your 20s

In your early 20s, your skin will be less vulnerable to sun damage and retain the smooth, silky glow of youth. However, throughout your 20s, collagen mass and flexibility begin to decline, and the skin starts to become thinner. By your mid- to late-20s, you may notice fine lines just starting to appear around the eyes. Preemptive treatment with Botox can help slow the development of these lines into deeper creases and wrinkles. 

Your 30s

During your 30s, you may start to see more dramatic changes in the skin. The protective barrier on your skin wears down, and moisture and elasticity are lost. Furthermore, the metabolic process of the cells slows down, so the skin takes longer to repair damage. Treatments like dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, and superficial chemical peels may be appropriate throughout your 30s. 

Your 40s and Beyond

In your 40s and 50s, you may see much more loss of volume as the connective tissues in the dermis start to degrade. Your skin will also be more sensitive to UV rays, meaning that sun damage may become more prevalent. You might see deeper wrinkles and sagging around the eyes, mouth, chin, and jawline. Laser resurfacing, skin tightening procedures, and more specialized dermal fillers can address these deeper layers of age-related damage. 

Aging is inevitable, but you can keep your skin looking great with the non-surgical Medi Spa procedures at Maloney Plastic Surgery. To schedule a consultation with our certified skincare team, give us a call at (520) 298-2330.