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What’s Your Facial Aging Type?

Posted 27/06/2024 | Advice

From our late 20’s, we start to notice specific facial fat pads disappearing in a particular order, causing distinct signs of aging; loss of jaw line, saggy face, tired look, nose to mouth lines, crow’s feet, and under-eye shadows. Certain conditions accelerate this process such as disease, smoking, UV exposure, and other free radicals.

Depending on your bone structure and life choices, you may experience a prevalent change in one specific area over another. We’re here to help you determine which category you fall into and how you can reverse the changes – if you so choose.

This patient received treatment for jowls/ sagging skin at Thames Skin Clinic using Profhilo Structura

The Sinker


If your face appears more exposed, showing more muscle definition, you might be a “sinker.”

As we age, the fat in our face diminishes, causing the skin to sit closer to the muscles, leading to an older more wizened appearance. One of the first areas affected is the temples, often overlooked but crucial in maintaining a youthful look. Hollow temples can make the eyes disappear, eyebrows slope, and a sharp edge form beside the eyes.

Second is the lower face; even those with good bone structure experience volume loss over their cheeks but replacing volume in a subtle way over the cheekbones can return the face to its youthful appearance, lift the lower face, and enhance the eyes. Early signs of aging often show around the eyes, where volume loss can cause them to change shape and sink into the sockets, creating hollows or bags.

At Thames Skin Clinic, we treat this type of aging with regenerative injectables such as Polynucleotides, hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers, microneedling, or Profhilo Structura, the latest treatment to be offered in clinic. All of these treatments can offer an exceptionally natural refresh, tightening skin, replacing lost volume, and restoring a youthful look.

This patient received treatment for sagging cheeks at Thames Skin Clinic using Profhilo Structura

The Sagger


If you’ve noticed that your features have begun to head south, you might be a “sagger.”

Volume loss often precedes visible skin sagging, typically starting around age 35. This loss occurs in specific facial fat pads, leading to signs like a diminished jawline, saggy face, tired look, nose-to-mouth lines, and under-eye shadows. Factors like health, smoking, UV exposure, and other free radicals can accelerate this process.

For sagging faces, we recommend treatments including Profhilo Structura, microneedling and skin resurfacing, dermal fillers, and anti-toxin injectables. These treatments work together to replace lost volume, tighten skin, and restore the face’s overall youthfulness.


This patient received treatment for wrinkles at Thames Skin Clinic using anti-toxin injections

The Wrinkler

As facial fat diminishes and skin sags, static wrinkles become more apparent. causing you to look stern, tired, or angry even when you’re feeling great. This occurs because sun exposure degrades the skin’s elasticity over time.

Sun damage can turn temporary expression lines into permanent wrinkles

At Thames Skin Clinic, we use anti-toxin injectables to relax the muscles beneath the skin, preventing the formation of wrinkles as you age. This treatment is popular among both men and women for its subtle, less invasive approach compared to traditional plastic surgery.

Both our on-site doctors have extensive experience providing a range of cosmetic solutions for facial volume loss. Our injectable treatments, including dermal fillers, and anti-toxins are designed to address your unique aging concerns with subtle, natural results while our state-of-the-art energy devices can support these treatments.

With a wealth of experience treating women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, Dr Anna Hemming and the Thames team have cultivated a suite of solutions for various aging concerns, including wrinkles, volume loss, jowls, and sagging or sunken cheeks. Our expert team is here to help you achieve subtle, natural-looking rejuvenation. To learn more about our treatment options, call us to book a consultation.

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