For some people, a few lines and wrinkles on the face can add character. Men, in particular, can grow into a sort of distinguished look as they get older. For the rest of us, which is probably 90 per cent of the population, fine lines and wrinkles are about as welcome as a skunk at a picnic. As for those deep laugh lines, well, who’s laughing! If we could get rid of laugh lines by wishing them away then we would, distinguished look or not. Deep furrows, although not wrinkles as such, can curse some poor souls from birth. Still, as furrows tend to be anatomical by nature, most people don’t worry about them, not like they do the visible signs of ageing.
It’s the scourge of crinkly skin that most of us find so hard to accept. Plastic surgery is not a big business out of some coincidence, it’s because we want it and we NEED it. And the reason we need facial cosmetic surgery is that we live in a society that’s obsessed with youth and youthful good looks. Age is not just a number, it really matters. Any middle-aged man, or woman, that is heavily lined or has a ruddy complexion has got little chance in a competitive jobs market. It shouldn’t be like this but it is, and because it is, we have to fight back and do what we can to compete. It’s not only jobs that ageing affects either. Physical appearance can also disrupt social standing and emotional wellbeing.
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~ George Burns
I overheard one 30-something boss in a wine bar joking about how this ageing applicant came for an interview. He said something along the lines of him looking like a British bulldog chewing a feisty wasp. He was referring to his age of course, and his wrinkled baggy face. “He had no chance,” said the young manager laughing about it with his mates.
There are some less visible signs of ageing but they are things that affect us all. Here’s what we know:
These are all things that can and often do cause major setbacks in life. It’s not right but it’s a fact of life all the same. So we older folks often look to a little cosmetic surgery to lift our faces and our spirits. We shouldn’t have to worry about getting rid of laughter lines. Still, if it makes life easier, then perhaps it’s necessary to go with the flow. And let’s be honest friends, almost everyone who has a little plastic surgery ends up feeling better, never worse, and that has to be a good thing. These are all things that can and often do cause major setbacks in life. It’s not right but it’s a fact of life all the same. So we older folks often look to a little cosmetic surgery to lift our faces and our spirits. We shouldn’t have to worry about getting rid of laughter lines. Still, if it makes life easier, then perhaps it’s necessary to go with the flow. And let’s be honest friends, almost everyone who has a little plastic surgery ends up feeling better, never worse, and that has to be a good thing.
The great thing about modern cosmetic surgery options is that it’s better than it used to be. It’s also cheaper and it’s non-invasive. You still have the option for full on cut-and-tuck type surgery if you want it, but it’s no longer the only option. Fine lines and light wrinkles don’t bother most of us, but those deep laughter lines are what really age a face. My grandmother used to jest that she looked like a tortoise without a shell due to her deep lined appearance. She never said as much, but we all knew she didn’t like the way she looked in later years. Most of us don’t, though it does bother some more so than others. It all depends on the individual, the extent of their facial lines, and situations. For example, a housewife might not be quite as concerned as someone who has to put in an appearance at the office from Monday to Friday.
The time when a lot of people opt for surgery is when their laughter lines are totally visible, even when they’re not moving a facial muscle. In other words, they don’t disappear once they stop laughing, and for most, that’s not funny at all. Throw a little baggy skin in to the mix and the option for surgery becomes ever more appealing.
These fillers are particularly good for wrinkles and laughter lines that are always visible. Hyaluronic acid is special. It’s a type of sugar substance found in your body. The injections are actually bioengineered though, and do not originate from any animal source. The molecules in this gel integrate really well with your existing collagen structures. They can hold a large amount of fluid too. The result is nicely hydrated skin that has added volume and a more youthful look about it.
The newest adaptation for fat grafting is something called stem cell enhanced fat transfer. This is a natural procedure that makes use of your body’s own stem cells. It’s a technique that achieves the most impressive results possible.
Whatever you do, never ever stop laughing or smiling. There’s nothing that ages people more that a sullen-looking expression. I would go as far as to say that smiling is, in fact, the best form of plastic surgery there is. As you read up on some potential solutions to the problem, do it in a cheery manner and try not to let your lines get you down too much.
“We do not stop laughing when we grow old; we grow old once we stop laughing.”
Those smile and laugh lines we refer too often come about by a loss in facial volume, which is an inevitable part of the ageing process. Fat transfer, when done by an experienced doctor with plenty of experience and an aesthetic sense, is the way to go. Some people opt for mid-face implants and although they can restore volume, they do tend to look a bit unnatural.
“A smile is a simple curve in the face that can set a lot of things straight.”
OK, that’s about it for this piece. We’ve touched on a few problems and potential solutions here. If nothing else, you at least have some food for thought as you decide on your next steps.
Photo (Before and After): http://biogenesis.com.my/treatments/dermal-fillers/