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Are Some People More Prone to Premature Aging?

When skin becomes thinner and deflated, leading to sagging cheeks or jowls, the only real way of significantly restoring youthful contours is with surgery, such as a facelift. As the Philadelphia area’s Dr. Timothy Greco explains, there are also non-surgical treatments that can rejuvenate a person’s appearance, but the results from these are more temporary and not as dramatic.

Either way, have you ever wondered why some people seem to never visibly age for decades, while others are worried about wrinkles and sagging during their 20s? It’s perfectly normal for a person’s face to show signs of aging as the skin’s internal processes change, and none of us is immune from this, but there’s a lot of truth behind the rumors that “good genes,” chubbier cheeks, and a darker skin tone might delay premature aging. Here are some of the most common characteristics of skin that predisposes you to showing signs of aging faster.

• Naturally Thin Skin: Wrinkles are less noticeable when you’re born with skin that’s naturally thicker because of your genetic background.

• Lower Fat Content: Having an eternal “baby face” might be something you lament when you’re 21, but by the time you reach middle age, it can be what keeps you looking young. Even though some people worry about their faces being too round, having more fat content in your skin means that it will tend to age more slowly.

• Pale Skin: Having very fair skin, hair, and eyes makes it more likely that you will have thin skin, along with being prone to sunburns. This is common among those with certain ethnic backgrounds, such as Scandinavian or Irish. On the other hand, studies have shown that those with melanin-rich skin who are higher on the Fitzpatrick scale usually have thicker, supple skin. Darker skin provides more protection against sun damage, which is a major cause of wrinkles.

• Dry Skin: Skin that produces virtually no oil and has smaller or invisible pores tends to show more pronounced “cracking” or “crinkling.”

Regardless of your skin type and ethnicity, excessive sun exposure is damaging to anyone’s skin, so you need to take sun safety seriously. Dr. Greco’s office is newly equipped with a VISIA Skin Analysis Camera. This camera uses ultraviolet photography to detect sun damage, brown spots, textures, red spots, pores and wrinkle patterns on your skin and can help define a unique skincare plan for you

If you would like more information on how aging impacts the face, as well as what can be done about age-related changes—no matter your skin type—call Dr. Timothy Greco’s plastic surgery practice at (610) 664-8830, or fill out a contact form to book an appointment with us.