Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:55
As we grow older, our facial bones including our eye sockets, nose and upper jaw continue to change. For example, our eye sockets enlarge and the angle of the bones beneath our eyebrows decrease. This could contribute to the frown lines on our foreheads, “crow’s feet” at the corners of our eyes and droopy lower eyelids.Tomography scans of the facial bones of young people (age 20 to 40), middle-age people (41-64), and older people (65 and up) detailed measurements of three-dimensional reconstructions of the scans revealed some important differences in the facial bone structure between age groups. “The facial skeleton experiences morphologic change and an overall decrease in volume with increasing age.” Researchers have stated. With age there is an increase in the size of the eye socket. It gets wider and longer. Aging also affects the angles of the brow, nose, and upper jaw bones. The length and height of the lower jaw decreased, as well.
Most of these changes occur in women first. Plastic surgeons may be experts at dealing with age-related changes to the skin and soft tissues, but to make people look younger, they must better understand how the facial bones change. Maybe in the future we will see bone restructuring before we have plastic surgery. (info for this article was taken from msnbc.com/ MyHealthNewsDaily-Staff).
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