Does your face in the mirror look older than you are? If you answered “yes”, like so many have, it is possible you have noticed areas of discolouration (“age spots”). Maybe it looks like your face shape has changed, lines show on your forehead. Or perhaps your nose to mouth lines are pronounced, eyes seem tired or the jawline and neck seem a bit droopy.
With time, our skin also dries out from inside. You lose some of the underlying fat so your face no longer has a plump smooth surface. The fatty “lining” is made of separate pockets of fat, but in young healthy people all the pockets join up to form a smooth inner quilt. With time and age, the fat pockets shrink, move apart, and appear as discrete areas, with hollows between them. These “hollows” and “grooves” show up as flattening and sagging in the ageing face.