Dr. Stice offers insight about the aging process

We each age at our own rate. Genetics plays a part, of course, as does a person’s overall health and how he or she has treated their body through the years.

As skin ages, the layer of fat just below the skin surface thins and becomes less vascular. This allows it to sag and wrinkle. Cells don’t reproduce and repair themselves as quickly, which changes the skin color and texture. Melanin cells bunch together and produce a darker pigment, causing age spots and irregular skin tone. Our bones get smaller, particularly in our facial skeleton, making the skin looser and causing fat pockets to stick out. In addition, our metabolism slows and fat becomes more difficult to lose, and starting at age 30 we begin to lose muscle mass at the rate of 5 percent per decade.

Fortunately plastic surgeons are well aware of these changes and are trained to find solutions for each individual, depending on that person’s desires and needs. These solutions are all based on proven reconstruction principles. It’s important to note that plastic surgeons don’t go to a weekend course to learn. We are constantly reading and investigating the most up-to-date methods and advanced technologies – because every patient deserves a customized plan that’s based on best practices and smart science.