Occasionally when middle age women get together in Tampa, someone will mention that they think that they are “starting to look like their mother.”  In many cases, this is not a negative statement but for some it is not meant as a compliment.  Our genes often control our destiny and at one time or another, most women wonder which traits they will inherit from their mother.  Some women may love their mother’s eyes but others dread getting the “turkey neck” that Mom developed in her early sixties.  Are you starting to look like your Mother?

What will you Inherit from Your Mother

There are certain characteristics that are handed down from our parents.  Hair and eye color is directly related to genetics and has been closely studied over the years.  There are dominant and recessive genes that are passed along to us at birth from our parents and some traits that come from generations past.  Facial structure, eye shape, the size of your nose and the strength of your chin can all be handed down to you from both sets of parents.  Often it is a combination of genes that will make up your uniquely individual facial structure and attributes.  However, more than one person has joked that if you want to know what a woman will look like in 20 years, take a look at her mother.

There really is no way to know which of your mother’s features will show up in your own face.  The mixing of genes is a very complex process and depends on the dominant/recessive influence of the genes, the timing and interaction of genetic material at birth and during the development years.  Facial traits can be enhanced by the number of copies of each gene present in the chromosome.  If you have one copy from your mother that controls the shape of your eyes, but ten copies of the eye-shape gene from your dad, then you are more likely going to have your father’s eyes.  However, once you reached adulthood, you can generally see which parent you resemble and which features you inherited.

What Won’t You Inherit from Your Mother

There are some factors that you can control in terms of how well you are aging.  The amount of time you spend in the sun, whether you smoke, or how much moisturizer you use will have an impact on your facial skin and how quickly you will develop wrinkles.  Certainly a genetic disposition to develop wrinkles is inherited and cannot be changed.  Some of the genetic qualities that can have an influence on you later in life include the thickness of your skin, the color of your skin, how much collagen or elastin you have that allows for more suppleness will be provided to you at birth.  However, there are ways to hold off the aging process by obeying a good skin care regimen.

If you wish to age more slowly than your mother, then stick to the following advice provided by Dr. Dominic Castellanon, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida:

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible and use a good sunblock when you do venture outside
  • Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods including healthy servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol as both dry out your skin.  Smoking is one of the main contributors to the growth of vertical lines around your lips (known as smoking lines or lipstick lines)
  • Avoid washing your face with harsh soaps and liberally apply a moisturizer at night, in the morning and during the day.
  • Get plenty of sleep and try to sleep on your back if possible.  Sleep helps your skin to rejuvenate and sleeping on your back helps prevent “pillow lines” from becoming wrinkles later in life.
  • Avoid squinting and wear sunglasses during the day and reading glasses if you need them.

Dr. Dominic also cautions that all facial expressions ultimately contribute to the types and placements of facial wrinkles but that trying not to smile or laugh is not advisable.  Frowning or scowling should be avoided but only because it is healthier to enjoy life rather than be annoyed by it.

What to Do if You Do NOT Want to Look Like Your Mother

If you have already inherited certain traits from your mother that you would prefer not to have, then there are ways to change your appearance for the better.  There are many injectable products that can help reduce wrinkles once they have appeared.  Botox and dermal fillers have come a long way over the years and can smooth out the facial skin.  Some dermal fillers can add volume back to plump up your cheeks or lips and even help to straighten out your nose.  A well-qualified facial plastic surgeon can advise you on the best injectable products to treat your facial lines.

For a sagging neck, jowls, heavy nasolabial folds (smile lines) or deep wrinkles, a face or neck lift may be the best course of action to restore a younger, more natural appearance.   Dr. Dominic uses a less invasive facelift procedure called the Simplicity Lift that requires only two small incisions yet allows for all the benefits of a full facelift.  A similar neck lift procedure uses the same “pulley stitch” that can tighten both the skin and the underlying tissue to provide more permanent results than can be achieved with injectable products.  Of course, plastic surgery can also help to reshape your chin, your nose, reduce sagging eyelids and help you to make the improvements you desire.

If you are interested in discussing ways NOT to look like your mother, contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano, is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com

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