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Facial Bones Show Signs of Aging Too

What makes us look older? Wrinkles and sagging result not just from changes in the skin, but also from age-related changes in the underlying facial bones, according to a report in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The researchers, led by Robert Shaw, Jr., MD, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, analyzed computed tomography scans of the facial bones in young (age 20 to 40), middle-aged (41 to 64), and older (65 and up) age groups. All scans were performed for medical reasons-not for planning plastic surgery.

Aging Linked to Changes in Eye Sockets, Jaw Bones, and More

Detailed measurements in three-dimensional reconstructions of the CT scans showed some important differences in the facial bone structure (or facial skeleton) between age groups. "The facial skeleton experiences morphologic change and an overall decrease in volume with increasing age," Dr. Shaw and colleagues write.

One prominent change was an increase in the area of the "orbital aperture" - that is, the eye sockets. In both men and women, the eye sockets became wider and longer with age. Aging also affected the bones of the middle part of the face, including reductions in the glabellar (brow), pyriform (nose), and maxillary (upper jaw) angles.

The length and height of the mandible (lower jaw) decreased with age as well. Although these changes occurred in both sexes, many occurred earlier in women - between young and middle age. In men, most of the changes occurred between middle age and old age.

Plastic surgeons are experts at dealing with changes in the skin and underlying soft tissues that contribute to an aged appearance of the face. However, as the new study demonstrates, they must also understand the contribution of changes in the underlying facial bones.

"The bony components of the face are important for overall facial three-dimensional contour as they provide the framework on which the soft-tissue envelope drapes," Dr. Shaw and coauthors write. For example, the enlarging eye socket and decreasing brow angle could contribute to frown lines on the forehead, "crow's feet" at the corners of the eyes, and drooping of the lower eyelid.

By using materials and techniques for skeletal augmentation, plastic surgeons can improve the outcomes of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Shaw and colleagues believe. They discuss the "aesthetic implications" of changes in the facial bone structure, and outline some strategies plastic surgeons can follow to optimize the final results for patients who desire a more youthful appearance.

ASPS Press Release dated 01/04/11

Upcoming Obagi Skin Care Event!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Obagi Training

Good Morning All-

Recently the staff at Conkright Aesthetics was able to attend a full-day training event for Obagi Medical Products.  This event was held on a Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky and it was a very informative learning experience.  Not only did we all learn about a couple of new products that are on the market now with Obagi, but we were also able to learn in-depth concepts as to WHY their products so extremely well.

For those of you who don't know, Obagi is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, markets and sells, and is the leading provider of, proprietary topical aesthetic and therapeutic clinically-proven skin care systems in the physician-dispense market. The systems are designed to prevent and improve the most common and visible skin disorders in adult skin.  These products contain prescription-strength formulations and therefore are only available through physicians.

We keep Obagi products in stock and available for purchase in our office.  Between their Nu-Derm System, Clenziderm System, C-RX System, and the wide-range of aesthetic products available, their is sure to be a product offered by Obagi that is right for you.

Please call our office to set-up a free consultation so we can get you started on an Obagi system and on the road to clear, radiant skin.  If you are already a user of the product, feel free to stop by our office to pick up your products when you are running low!

-Stefanie

Happy Holidays!

Hair Tips to Live By

 

There are certain hairstyles that we ALL wish we could take back (80s perm anyone?).  But, below is a list put together by Lucky Magazine of 5 hair tips to always and forever live by:

1)  Blow-dry side to side rather than (or in addition to) upside down for volume

2)  Your hair will be shinier if your final rinse is with cold water

3)  A ton of water is necessary when shampooing your hair.  Otherwise shampoo neither gets in or out of hair well, leaving it duller than dull

4)  Braids are sexy, cute and the only acceptable form of pigtail

5)  Beachy waves are always sexy

Keep these things in mind the next time you are getting ready for a night out.  Beautiful, sexy hair is never a bad thing.

-Stefanie-