Is there a point when we are too old to improve skin appearance and health?

Is 83 too old to try to get rid of chin wrinkles from smiling or sleeping on my side? The skin texture is not the problem just the wrinkles.

We have patients in their 80s at our clinic, who come for some aesthetics as well as skin cancer checks. And we love working with them.

I’m thinking that anything that doesn’t endanger us in some way, and is a vote for our health, emotional well being, and sense of confidence in the world ……is a GOOD thing. Ok…so I may not decide to take up rock climbing when I’m 80, but then again who knows!!  😉

And, we are all individual expressions of this wonderful life force in the world. Picasso painted well into his 90s. And he did some of his best work from 60-90. I have patients who are contributing to our community well into their 80s, and a few into their 90s. So I love that you are asking this question and, if there is a good dermatologist near you who understands your goals, then it might be a good experience for you.

Some tips on correcting chin wrinkles on people over 50

  • We all lose volumetric support as we age in the form of loss of bone, fat, the thickness of the skin (mostly collagen) and the outer layer (epidermis) to sun damage, so some filler will be needed to really make a difference. Ask for the hyaluronic acid fillers for this region, like Restylane Lyft, Voluma, Juvederm, etc. These are safe and can be reversed if you don’t like it.
  • Sometimes two different fillers are needed in this region. One with a high “G prime” (think deep support) injected deeper. And the second one that is very flexible (think superficial wrinkles) to layer on top of that. This approach generally gives the best result in someone over 50. But this also depends on your own natural bone structure.
  • Wrinkles in the chin may be partly due to a heavier cheeks migrating down. In that case, some attention to the upper cheek area may be needed to get that vector (the direction of the cheek) reoriented correctly.

Hope this makes sense and helps!

Dr. I


Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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