The Relationship Between Skin and Facial Bone Structure


Can Whole Body Vibration reduce facial bone-loss?

Age –> Bone Loss –> Skin just looks different, no matter how well maintained.
Thus, bone maintenance is a priority for longevity.

A summary of this relationship, from Dr. Robert Shaw Jr., chief resident in plastic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center:
The original thought was that skin goes through changes, such as a loss of elasticity and fat, so the primary approach to facial rejuvenation was skin tightening procedures,” Shaw said. “But a lot of faces never looked like they did when they were younger. Patients bring in pictures and say they want to go back to that look, but they can never really go back to that look just by tightening their skin alone. If there are changes to those underlying structures it’s going to change the appearance of how the skin looks.
… They then created three-dimensional reconstructions of the scans, which they used to take detailed measurements of the facial bone structure. … With age, the scans showed that the bones that make up the eye sockets recede, enlarging the sockets. A few less millimeters of bone for the soft tissues of the face to hold on to adds to the appearance of excess or droopy skin around the eyes, Shaw said.”

Further study on the relationship between skin aging & bone loss:
PubMed publication, Overview of current thoughts on facial volume and aging
The aging process has also been shown to affect the facial bones. Multiple studies suggest that the bony aging of the orbit and midface is a process primarily of contraction and morphologic change. This loss of bony volume and projection may contribute to the aged appearance.

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