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Founded in 1985, the mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care.
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States.
One of the nation's top academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions.
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804

(Sources: URMC and NIH / MedlinePlus)  It’s a difficult choice facing middle-aged woman; do you go for the lean, mean body or a plumper, younger looking face? Why can’t we have it all? What happens to our faces as we age? What causes us to look older or younger? What role does fat…or bone…play in the aging face? What’s behind the wrinkles? And most importantly, what can--or should--we do to preserve a youthful appearance?

The typical appearance of the face and neck changes with age. Muscle tone may be lost, causing a flabby or droopy appearance. The jowls may begin to sag, leading to a "double chin" in some people. Eyelids may begin to droop and of course, wrinkles will appear.

Last year Americans reportedly spent more than $10 billion on cosmetic procedures ranging from laser treatments to injections to surgeries. Is this money well spent or resources wasted on delaying the inevitable?

Facelifts and other wrinkle-reducing procedures have long been sought by people wanting to ward off the signs of aging, but new research suggests that it takes more than tightening loose skin to restore a youthful look. A study by physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center indicates that significant changes in facial bones – particularly the jaw bone – occur as people age and contribute to an aging appearance.

Some may choose to enjoy the process of aging while others will battle gravity.  It is important to know that while there are many effective surgical and non-surgical treatments, that may turn back the hands of time, be sure to explore all available options and keep expectations realistic.

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University of Rochester Medical Center

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Key Point 1

Age effects every nook and cranny of the human body and when it comes to your face, the consequences are right there on open display.  Sometimes with a psychological or social price to pay, by the way.  The progress of aging involves more than wrinkles.  There are structural rearrangements going on behind the scenes that sometime result in changes that we don’t like.

Key Point 2

Many of us learned to accept, maybe even enjoy the aging process, including the lines and the wrinkles associated with getting older.  That’s said, there are some very effective surgical and non-surgical treatments aimed at rejuvenating the appearance.  Now, it’s important to explore all of your options to make sure your expectations for results are simply realistic.

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