What’s Behind Three Typical Signs of Facial Aging?The march of time is inexorable. It doesn’t call in sick. It doesn’t take a vacation. It’s a good thing when it comes to accumulating the experiences that benefit us in our later years.

But it’s a bad thing when it comes to our skin, particularly our facial skin. On our faces, most people would be thrilled if time would just stand still. Fortunately, the signs of aging, while unstoppable, can be delayed or their appearance lessened by Dr. Gurley’s solutions.

To that end, some people wonder when they’ll know it’s time to have something done. Here are the three signs of aging that usually prompt people to come see Dr. Gurley.

  1. Skin laxity— Gravity is like some psychotic drill sergeant, always berating his charges. As you age, your skin is particularly susceptible to the forces of gravity. Also, facial muscles tend to weaken with age. The result are issues such as drooping brows, jowls, sagging cheeks, descending eyelids, and much more.
  1. Volume loss— It’s a weird phenomenon, but for some reason after humans reach their 20th birthday, the body decides it’s time to start turning down its production of collagen. Yes, the body produces one additional percentage point less collagen each year after you turn 20. And since collagen provides the skin’s structural support, when you turn 50 you’re dealing with a 30 percent decrease in skin support. Bogus. Elastin, which keeps the skin supple, also decreases. Equally bogus. The result is volume loss in areas across the face. The areas under the eyes and below the cheekbones both become hollow with volume loss.
  1. Changes in skin tone and texture— Where the skin was taut, plump, and smooth, as we age it becomes dull, dry, and leathery. This is usually the result of reduced collagen production combined with sun exposure. The skin also becomes thinner with time, again due to decreasing collagen, making it more prone to wrinkling.


You have options for addressing these issues, both surgical and non-surgical. Dr. Gurley’s solutions for skin health and beauty are uniquely designed for you. Volume loss and changes in skin tone and texture can all be addressed non-surgically. Injectables (Botox and dermal fillers), chemical peels, and laser resurfacing treatments all work to improve these areas. Skin laxity, especially if more extreme, can best be addressed with surgery: a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. Check out our amazing results by visiting our before and after gallery.

And don’t stop with just the face

It’s also tempting for patients to think just about the face, but Dr. Gurley believes patients should also consider procedures addressing the neck, chest, décolleté, and hands. After all, especially during our hot Missouri summers, we’re not exactly covering up everywhere below the neck!

Call Dr. Gurley to learn about the latest treatments available to turn back the clock and regain facial skin health and rejuvenation. Call 636-812-4300.