Doctor, do I look older or younger? This is the most common question we dermatologist face.

I have answered this question scientifically in this article with the help of a staging system for the ageing face. All you need to do is read through the signs of a particular stage of ageing and find your stage of ageing.

If the features mentioned under staging match with your present age, that means you are at the right time. If your skin is in a stage that is less for your age, congrats you look younger whereas if your skin shows the feature of stage beyond your age it’s it time to change your lifestyle and take anti-ageing treatments.

If your face shows changes beyond your age, it’s time that you start your anti-ageing regime! So are you ready to know that whether you look younger or older for your age?

Stage 1 of Ageing (25-35 years):

There are no wrinkles at rest on your face, but the wrinkles appear on the forehead when you frown or raise your eyebrows and also around the eyes when you laugh(crows feet).

Stage 2 (35-50 years):

  • There are visible but not prominent wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes at rest.
  • You might notice a deepening of the Nasolabial fold in upper third just below the alae of your nose.
  • Marionette line begins to appear as depression from the edge of your lips down onto the chin.
  • In under-eye area, you can notice fine lines and darken or few of you might develop bags around your eyes.
  • Sagging of cheeks begins in this stage, so that on pinching the skin of your face feels loose.
  • Few to or many brown or black coloured spots termed as Sebhoriec Keratosis starts appearing.
  • Few fine blood vessels called as telangiectasia appears on cheeks especially if you get a lot of sun exposure.

Stage 3 (50-60 years):

  • The wrinkles on the forehead and around eyes get prominent even at rest.
  • Nasolabial fold gets deeper throughout from the alae of the nose to the edge of lips.
  • Marionette line now extends longer down onto your chin.
  • Under eye area shows prominent fine lines, darkening, loose lower and upper eyelid skin.
  • Sagging of cheeks occurs so that they appear to hang down, and skin appears loose on pinching.
  • The number of fine blood vessels called as telangiectasia on cheeks increase, so does the seborrheic keratosis.
  • Multiple fine lines appear on cheeks due to gravitational effect.
  • Lips appear thin.


Stage 4 (> 70 years):

  • The wrinkles on the forehead and around eyes get even more prominent.
  • Nasolabial fold gets deeper with hanging edges.
  • Marionette line also gets deeper with hanging edges.
  • Under eye area has prominent fine lines, darkening, loose lower and upper eyelid skin are seen.
  • Sagging of cheeks occurs so that they appear to hang down, and the skin feels very loose on pinching.
  • Many brown or black coloured spots termed as Sebhoriec Keratosis and many fine blood vessels called as telangiectasia may be present.
  • Face gets crisscrossed by multiple wrinkles.
  • Neck skin becomes loose with deep horizontal lines.

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