Everybody is unique, and the aging process is no exception. And as I find myself aging, I’m constantly looking in the mirror for those first signs. And that means I’m wondering to myself: where does aging show first? Where should I be looking? Well, the truth is that there’s no real answer for everybody. And that’s because everyone’s different.
Asking Where Does Aging Show First?
So there’s no question that human variability makes it challenging to determine where I should keep an eye out for the appearance of aging to show first. Luckily, there are a few general areas on which I can check in.
In other words, I won’t know for certain where the first signs of aging will show. But if I keep my eyes on a few different areas of the body, chances are I’ll be able to catch those first wrinkles or lines or whatever. The question of what happens after–what I do when I see those signs of aging–is going to depend on a variety of factors: where those signs present, how I feel about it, what I want to do, and so on. Where does aging first show? It’s going to be different on everybody, but that’s why we’re going to talk about some of areas you should stay on high alert.
Aging in the Face
When most people think about aging, they think primarily about aging in the face. And that’s going to happen. In fact, we should be pretty clear about this: aging is something that’s going to happen. It’s something that’s always happening. And there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
That said, the appearance of aging is somewhat different. And we usually think of that as taking the form of wrinkles, lines, floppy skin–you get the idea. How does this manifest in the face? Well, it can do so in a few ways:
- Concentration lines: When you make the same facial expressions over a long period of time (we’re talking decades), sometimes some of those lines and wrinkles can get stuck–meaning those smiles lines and concentration lines can become permanent.
- Loose skin around the jawline: One of the first places to show a substantial amount of loose skin is right around the jawline. Sometimes we talk about these as jowls. They’re definitely one of the heightened signs of aging.
- Sagging cheeks: When your skin loses volume (okay, it’s not actually losing volume necessarily; in most cases, you’re just developing more excess skin) one of the first places it shows is in the cheeks: Sometimes those cheeks just start sagging.
Of course, there are all kinds of ways aging can show up in your face, so this list is not exhaustive. You could find wrinkles around your eyes or a few gray hairs in your eyebrows and so on.
Aging in the Hands
One of the other most commonly cited areas where we can first see the signs of aging isn’t actually in the face at all. It’s in the hands. That’s right, your hands are one of those areas where aging is most visible. And there are a couple of main reasons why that might be:
- Thin skin: Generally speaking, the skin covered your hands tends to be pretty thin. That means as you age, that skin gets even thinner and it becomes easier to see the veins, tendons, and muscles beneath.
- Constant Use: If there’s one part of your body that you’re almost always using, it’s your hands. They get a work out each and every day. And that can wear down your hands, causing all kinds of wrinkles, lines, and other issues.
There are plenty of things you can do to keep your hands from showing your age. You could see a hand surgeon, for example, or have a hand lift performed. Or you could even have dermal fillers injected to fill volume and make your hands appear more youthful.
Trying to Prevent Aging
There’s something to be said for trying to prevent aging without feeling the need to dwell on it. Preventing the signs of aging means doing things such as ensuring you stay hydrated, protecting your skin from the sun, and–above all–refraining from smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products.
Ultimately, however, you’re going to age. Where does aging show first? Depends on who you are and how you take care of yourself. What you do when those signs of aging present themselves also depends on you. After all, there’s nothing wrong with aging no matter where it presents first.
After all, we all of us age.
About the Author: Dan Voltz is a writer and content creator who has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for nearly four years. He enjoys writing about a field that promises so much transformation and control for patients.