Modern cosmetology classifies various types of aging as deformational, and the Russian one includes in the list of the four most common types on the planet. Each has its own "zest", because geography, racial and national flavor and even speech characteristics play on the side of time. What is the difference between the Russian type of aging and how to effectively deal with its consequences, they asked the plastic surgeon Amjad Al-Yousef.
What does geography have to do with it?
Time does not know the concept of tolerance, therefore it provides us with signs of aging, corresponding to the external and linguistic characteristics of each particular race, nationality and nationality. But time honors geography and distributes types of aging according to climatic zones and the degree of remoteness from the poles. So, when moving towards the equator, the force of attraction decreases, and the force of the sun increases. This leads to the fact that people living in this region have a dark skin with a minimum amount of subcutaneous fat - in a word, it is not prone to ptosis (prolapse of the subcutaneous fat layer).
Not the least role in the aging process is played by the peculiarity of the speech apparatus, primarily the structure and location of the lower jaw, which serves as a kind of foundation for the face. A striking example: the massive American jaw with a well-developed subcutaneous neck muscle (platysma) holds the oval of the face for a very long time and reliably.
As a result, America, Europe, especially in the southern latitudes, as well as Asia give their population three types of aging with excellent preservation of the facial contour: fine wrinkled (Sharon Stone), muscular (Michael Schumacher and Cindy Crawford) and tired type of aging.
Returning to the Russian latitudes, we see a fundamentally different picture: our women and men are aging in a gravitational manner, which literally makes Russians lose face. Under its influence, the eyelids drop, the nasolabial folds hypertrophy, wrinkles of sadness descend from the corners of the mouth to the chin, the cheekbones sag, as well as the zones of the lower jaw and flaps - the face is noticeably deformed and, as it were, flows down. Why is this happening?
Time, cold and gravity: how to deal with it?
In our climatic zone, the force of gravity works more tangibly than in the southern ones. In addition, our autumn-winter months are long and really cold, so wise nature decided to protect us from weather troubles and awarded us with highly developed subcutaneous fat, which over time has an unpleasant property to sag.
As for the structure of the lower jaw, in our country it is not at all similar to the powerful American one and has more in common with the French - more gentle, calm and slightly pushed down. True, just because of this, it cannot be a reliable support for the whole face for a long time. But modern cosmetology has already given an adequate answer to every unpleasant sign of aging. For Russians, stopping or slowing down aging means maintaining the contours of the face in problem areas, and today's techniques can achieve this.
The cardinal way to deal with the problem of sagging at a serious stage is surgical. During the operation, the lower and middle third of the face, neck, cervico-chin area, upper and lower eyelids are tightened. In general, it is important to understand that zonally you can pull up anything.
Another effective procedure is thread lifting, which also works great in a large number of areas and is minimally invasive, that is, less traumatic. With the help of threads, you can tighten the lower and middle third of the face and create a beautiful oval, emphasizing the angle of the lower jaw. This method can be easily combined with fillers (see also: "Beauty injections: what you need to know about fillers").
Taking into account our massive subcutaneous fat layer, experts often recommend face liposuction to Russian patients. The chin, lower jaw, neck - all this sags due to the large amount of fat accumulations. The situation can be corrected by resorting to the help of a liposactor, and then finalization with threads or a surgical method.
Another way to “keep your face” is not to forget about hardware cosmetology. Two options can be distinguished here: ultrasonic lifting and thermolifting. The principle of operation of the first is as follows: due to microtrauma of the deep muscles of the face, a contraction of muscle tissue is created, which tightens the face. The effect lasts from several months to several years. The second - hardware - method involves a thermal effect on the lower layers of the skin structure, which speeds up metabolic processes, saturates the dermis with oxygen and triggers intensive tissue regeneration. Unfortunately, the effect of this method only lasts for a few months.
Best the enemy of the good
In the struggle for a youthful face, on the one hand, it is important not to miss the moment when it is time to move on to active actions, on the other, not to overdo it. It is very important to understand the rich range of effective procedures, but only a competent specialist can help with this. It will determine your skin type, highlight the most affected areas, as well as the degree of ptosis. In accordance with the results of the examination, the specialist will give recommendations on the most preferred methods of rejuvenation.
If you really want to save your face, and not turn it into another product of plastic surgery, follow the rule: "The best is the enemy of the good." If at the moment everything is more or less normal with you, there is no need to strive for some imaginary ideal imposed by the media industry. The best solution would be to use the possibilities of modern cosmetology and professional care (read also: “Ayurvedic rejuvenation: remembering beauty rules and making masks with our own hands”).
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