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The facelift of the future may be a two-step process, according to studies from the University of Rochester Medical Center. In a new study that was recently published at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in San Antonio, noted that as people age there are significant changes in bone structure, especially the jaw bone, and those result in a loss of definition in the lower of the face, which contributes to sagging skin and an older look.
Researchers evaluated 120 facial CT scans that had not been taken for cosmetic surgery purposes. The scans were classified according to gender and age: 20 males and 20 females in each of three age groups: ages 20 to 36, 41 to 64, and 65 and older. A computer program was used to measure the length, width, and angle of the jaw bone in each scan.
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The study shows that the angle of the jaw increases noticeably as people age, and this causes less definition in the lower portion of the face their measurement show that there is a significant decline in the jaw’s volume as a person ages, and therefor less support of soft tissue of the lower face and neck.
Unless the loss of bone volume is corrected, it will contribute to sagging skin, a loss of definition in the jaw area, and an aging neck. Researches believe that knowing facial bone structure changes as people age will help cosmetic surgeons develop procedures that will allow them to restore youthful appearance for their patients.