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Why Is My Face Changing Shape as I Get Older?

As we age, we expect to develop wrinkles as our skin dries and loses elasticity. However, that's not the only change that happens. Whether or not you are in the habit of looking in the mirror, you may be surprised one day to notice how different your face has become. A variety of health and aging experts tell us what's going on. Plastic surgery professor Alexes Hazen says,

If you look at the faces of young people, regardless of weight, their faces are full and full of convexities! As we age the fat in our faces dissipates and also descends southward or down due to aging of the structures and gravity. The bony component remains stable but all of the rest ages and changes. We typically see noses that look longer and hence bigger, this is due to drooping of that structure, ear lobules that are longer and hanging, and the same phenomenon with the jawline and the chin even! In the midface we see prominent high cheekbones look lower and less defined. Usually lips thin out a bit as well. All these factors influence the shape and appearance of the face.

Keeping a youthful-looking face is part genetics, which you can't control, and part factors we can control. But it's more than just skin care -it's a matter of overall health. Read more about how our faces change with age at Gizmodo. -via Digg

(Image credit: Angelica Alzona/Gizmodo)

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