One of the hottest new anti-aging trends for 2018 isn’t a groundbreaking procedure — it’s a new demographic. Millennials and their younger siblings in their early 20s have taken a look at the older generation and they don’t like what they see: age spots, wrinkling, sagging jowls and turkey necks. Rather than waiting to the last minute to reverse substantive damage like that, they’re getting five jumps ahead of the aging process by opting for pre-juvenation.
More than anything, pre-juvenation is an attitude that moves preventive health care into the beauty realm. Just as their parents hit the gym to stave off the “middle-age bulge” and early heart attacks that plagued the generations that came before them, young men, women, and trans are getting anti-aging procedures even before the lines and sags show up.
If their Mom has “11s,” they know that they may get them too. If their Dad has a turkey neck, which raises their risk for one too, their philosophy is: Stop it now.
That raises the question, though, is pre-juvenation a good idea? Or is it an example of too much too soon?
Aging Starts Early
Even though we usually think of wrinkles and gray hairs making their first disruptive appearance in the late 20s to early 30s, our faces begin to undergo age-related changes starting as young as 18 to our early 20s. Our bodies slow down the production of collagen and we start to lose the plumping “baby” fat in our faces. That loss of fat actually makes skin more susceptible to wrinkling caused by dynamic muscles that press the skin when we make expressions. Wrinkles that are caused by dynamic muscles include the ones around the eyes (crow’s feet), between the eyebrows (11s), at the top of the nose (bunny lines), and forehead furrows.
Young men and women who’ve spent too much time in the sun without UVA and UVB protection using sunscreens, hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing may already have developed crow’s feet or forehead furrow and 11s in their teens. Other changes that begin appearing in the 20s are more or heavier facial hair in women, and brown areas on the face called melasma, which usually appear as a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Start With Proper Care
An extra challenge for young people who are noticing the first signs of aging is that they might still be dealing with acne, too. The combination of drying skin plus excess oil demands an excellent medical-grade skincare regimen that remedies both problems.
No matter what decade you’re in skin-care regimens should be individually tailored to each person’s need. In addition to gentle cleansers based on your skin type, you need effective sun protection to prevent the photodamage that causes most signs of aging. Regular facials and exfoliation through microdermabrasion or dermaplaning helps keep your skin looking vibrant and clear.
No Downside to Prevention
One of the advantages of starting noninvasive or minimally invasive anti-aging interventions early is that it delays the need for surgical procedures later. Many of the therapies that can be started in the 20s actually encourage your skin to act healthier and younger. Then, if you’re ready to find a plastic surgeon in LV when you're in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, your skin is healthier and more resilient — rich with the collagen and elastin that makes a mini lift, facelift, or blepharoplasty look and feel absolutely natural.
Below are some of the best remedies to combat the first signs of aging and pre-juvenate your face:
Quiet Down the Wrinkle Muscles
Crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead furrows are all caused by dynamic muscles that constantly press on skin when you’re making expressions, such as frowning, squinting, and raising your eyebrows. Neuromodulators — Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin — block the signals that nerves send to muscles to make them contract. Within a few days after a muscle is injected with neuromodulators, it relaxes. The relaxation is enough to stop wrinkles from forming, but not enough to interfere with your normal expressions.
Once the muscle is still, the overlying skin smooths out. Within two weeks, the wrinkles are gone. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin last anywhere from three to six months. With continued treatment, the muscles atrophy slightly. You may require less neuromodulator with subsequent treatments.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are made from minuscule amounts of highly purified botulinum toxin. Botox has been used for more than 30 years for cosmetic purposes and has an excellent safety profile. The only side effects you can expect are a few days of slight swelling and redness from the injections .
Fill in Creases With Fillers
Not all wrinkles are directly caused by muscle pressure. Wrinkles under the eyes, and around the mouth can’t be smoothed out with Botox or another neuromodulator. They respond best to thin, injectable dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm. Restylane and Juvederm are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance found naturally in the human body as a skin and joint moisturizer.
Restylane and Juvederm can also fill in nasolabial folds (run from your nose down to side of your mouth) and marionette lines (run from the mouth to the chin). Juvederm and Restylane usually last about six months. Dermal fillers have practically no side effects. As with the neuromodulators, you should expect some slight bruising and redness from the injections.
Go From Gaunt to Gorgeous
Other dermal fillers, including Voluma and Sculptra, are used to add volume to the face. Voluma is a thicker hyaluronic-acid filler. Sculptra works by stimulating the body to create more youthful collagen and elastin. These fillers actually improve the quality of your skin, making it firmer and more elastic.
Another choice for replacing lost fat and collagen in the face is fat grafting. Dr. Julio Garcia, an expert plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, takes fat from an area of your body that has excess fat, purifies it, and injects it into your face, where the fat integrates with your tissue.
Voluma lasts about 18 months. Sculptra can last close to two years. Fat grafts may last as long as three years.
Build More Lift and Elegance
Even in their 20s, people who have flat cheekbones might see some sagging. Dr. Garcia layers Voluma and Sculptra to build up the cheekbones and create mini facelifts. By lifting the skin with Voluma and Sculptra, he also helps smooth out nasolabial folds, smile lines, and marionette lines.
Another trend that women and men in their 20s are avidly embracing is using all of the fillers and neuromodulators to reshape their faces to be more aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Garcia uses his expertise in anatomy and aesthetics to create higher and more elegant cheekbones with Voluma and Sculptra to create the look you’ve always dreamed of. He also uses those fillers to strengthen your profile with a nonsurgical chin augmentation.
He can create a more heart-shaped face for people whose jaws are overdeveloped. Simply injecting a small amount of neuromodulator in the masseter muscles relaxes them so that the face looks more elongated. Neuromodulators in the masseters can last for six months or more.
Prevention Is Still the Best Medicine
Whether it comes to your overall health, or skin health, staving off damage is easier than correcting it. If you’d like to find out from Dr. Garcia how to keep your face looking fresh, healthy and pre-juvenated no matter what decade you’re currently in, he’d be happy to meet for a consultation.