Is Facial Aging Subjective?

Subjective aging is the difference in how young people feel and how old they seem to be. A study on subjective aging concluded that most people feel about 13 years younger than they actually are. There’s certainly no denying that our society values youth and energy, and we especially value looking young and energetic.

Feeling Younger vs. Looking Younger

If you want to look as young as you feel, I recommend regular good exercise, proper nutrition, and keeping active – that’s true for people of all ages.

Looking young is a different matter, however. Youth is primarily shown through firm skin, good muscle tone and an even complexion. Gravity and age both affect the skin over time, leading to wrinkles and gradual sagging, even in the fittest people. Light skin tones are especially likely to suffer from further evidence of aging in the form of age spots and other pigmentation problems resulting from sun damage.

Looking Your Best at Any Age

Makeup may offer an effective short-term camouflage for minor signs of aging, but longer term correction can require surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to help your outside age match your inner vitality.

Many treatment options are available to help you look refreshed regardless of how many candles were on your last cake:

  • Chemical peels can help improve skin tone and fade pigment irregularities
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic injections diminish existing dynamic wrinkles and can help prevent future wrinkles from forming
  • Ultherapy® can lift and tighten lax skin by targeting the same supportive layer as a surgical facelift without surgery or scars

The right combination of facial rejuvenation procedures can help keep you looking your best at any age.