Angle of youth

Angle of youth

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"The angle of youth" - the angle between the neck and chin is 90-120 degrees, this angle is considered the standard of beauty and is a sign of youth: the contours of the face are clear, the skin is tightened.

But with age, for the most people, due to spasm in tissues, the angle of youth disappears. An age-related biomechanical process takes place — sagging, a second chin, flakes and oval of the face "float" appear. The state of the hyoid bone, the maxillary-hypoglossal muscle, the double-abdominal muscle lifting this bone. Due to aging, the state of the "angle of youth" is affected.

The state of the "corner of youth" depends on:
⚠️ The anatomical location of the hyoid bone, if it is low, the angle between the chin and neck will be sloping and the look of the chin will be lowered from an early age.

⚠️ When a person gains weight, fat deposits under the skin accumulates and due to the weakness of fixation, sags. Due to an obstruction of microcirculation and metabolic disorders cause accumulation of fat tissue is often accompanied by swelling and lymphocytosis.

Changes in the "angle of youth" occur in two scenarios:

The shortening of the masticatory (chewing) muscles is the most common variant of age-related changes, occurs in 80% of people.

Chewing, medial and lateral pterygoid muscles (the muscle assisting opening the jaw) are attached to the lower jaw, innervated by the trigeminal nerve. Over time, they spasm, shrink and shorten. This process leads to the fact that the jaw rises up and the submental zone goes down.

The inclination of the lower jaw changes and the angle of youth becomes oblique. The face is lengthened and looks haggard; soft tissue deprived of support sagging "flews"; sagging appear and over time, the oval of the face loses its clear outlines and the oval “floats”, respectively, the face loses youth and beauty.

Chewing muscles spasm even from stress and emotions that are closed inside. Chronic spasm always contributes to the deterioration of blood circulation. Poor blood circulation leads to resorption (drying) of bone tissue. Also clamping the jaw, spasm leads to early erasure of tooth enamel, blocks the work of the parotid lymph nodes, which leads to swelling on the face, mainly in the eye area.

Stretching the masticatory muscles is a rarer variant of age-related deformities, occurs in 20% of people.

Chewing muscles stretch, as if lengthened. The jaw drops down, the chin is pulled forward, and the lips become thinner over time and as it were, “fall” into the face. The face deforms over time and turns into a “wrinkled apple”.

Over the years, due to bone resorption, shortening of the masticatory muscles, deformation of the jaw joints, spasm or on the contrary, stretched muscles of the lower third of the face, the angle of youth is gradually erased.

What you need to do to maintain the angle of youth longer?

Through manual corrections, you can fashion yourself a “corner of Youth”.

It is essential to work in following order.
• with posture and neck.
• expand the sunken chest
• straighten shoulders
• release the spasm on all compressed and stuck tissues
• continue to work specifically on the chin area and platysma through relaxation
• improvement of blood circulation
• don’t even think about working on the chewing muscles and maxillary arch before completing above steps which may take days, may be even weeks!

It is not the wrinkles that give out our age, the loss of a clear face shape and body posture. Imagine a person who walking in the street in the evening. Even you don’t see his/her face, you still easily understand whether it’s an old person or not because of the posture and body shape.