Condition

Facial ageing

Getting older is part of life – but you can look beautiful and feel confident at any age.

You may have noticed changes in the quality of your skin, including:

  • fine lines and noticeable wrinkles (even when your face is ‘resting’)
  • changes to your skin colour or ‘pigmentation’ – yellow, reddish or brown skin spots
  • thinning, sagging or dry skin
  • changes in the delicate eye area, such as crow’s feet and drooping eyelids

What causes skin ageing?

Internal factors include your genetics and ‘normal’ changes in your skin cells. As you get older, your cells don’t grow and renew like they used to. If you’re a woman entering middle age, collagen production slows down and skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic. The loss of collagen contributes to wrinkle formation and impacts the complexion. 

External influences include sun exposure, particularly to UV rays. If you don’t use the right kind of sunscreen, your skin will age faster. Sun damage causes up to 90% of age-related skin problems. Signs of sun damage include fine lines and wrinkles, thinning and slack skin, enlarged pores, discoloration, scaly spots and patches, ‘spider veins’ and leathery skin.

Smoking and other environmental factors may also cause premature skin aging, resulting in more prominent wrinkles, thinner skin and a ‘grey’ or dull appearance.

Other factors in facial ageing – As time passes, the face loses some of its “youthful fullness”. The architecture and supporting tissues change. Bones become thinner, muscles slacken and fat volume decreases. The net result can be a gaunt appearance with sagging and loss of contour.

Treatments for facial ageing

Over the last 10 years, our understanding of the underlying causes of facial ageing has advanced and we can manage issues in a manner that appears natural and appropriate.

Dr Gribbin will start with an in-depth consultation where she will examine and assess your skin quality. She’ll invest time in finding out more about you, your life and your medical history – exploring what might have influenced your skin ageing.

From there, she can put together a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs – a thorough consultation prepares the path for better results.

Dr Gribbin uses her medical knowledge and experience to choose topical (applied to the skin) and non-surgical treatments that offer natural-looking results, backed by the best available evidence.