For men and women alike, few things are more disheartening and undesirable than appearing older than they really are… at least that’s usually the case after reaching 21. After all, normal aging is hard enough to deal with, let alone early aging. Whether you’ve been noticing changes that seem to be happening too quickly or you just wake up one morning shocked to suddenly see a need for a face lift, it’s good to recognize the signs of premature skin aging so that you can address the issue quickly. They are:

1. Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles before Age 40
While many people do begin developing fine lines, smile lines, and other wrinkles in their late 20s and early 30s, healthy skin that is aging normally should not typically do so until the early 40s.

2. Development of a Leather-Like Texture and Feel to the Skin
Young skin is smooth, soft, and supple. Skin that feels tough or thick is probably aging prematurely.

3. Presence of Spider Veins, Age Spots, or General Blotchiness of the Complexion
Generally speaking, virtually any flaw or abnormality in the skin is a possible indicator of premature aging. Certain abnormalities, such as the development of a new mole or strange rash could also indicate a serious health problem, so it’s important to have these checked by a physician. Spider veins, age spots, and blotchiness, however, are almost always indicative of skin that is aging too quickly.

While premature skin aging can be discouraging, it can usually be combatted. Depending on the cause, which can range from UV damage to drug abuse, there is likely a solution that is right for your situation. Procedures such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, photorejuvenation, skin tightening, and even cosmetic injectables, can all shave years off your appearance and keep your skin looking smooth, supple, radiant, and youthful for longer.

At Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of non-surgical anti-aging services, as well as plastic surgery such as face lifts when you feel other options are not drastic or permanent enough. Visit our website to learn more or call (925) 272-4855 for a consultation.