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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 84  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 672--677

Proposed global drooping and wrinkles classification and scoring system for aging face with validation and experience on 54 Indian subjects

Department of Dermatology, Aesthetic and Intervention Dermatology, Aura Skin Institute, Chandigargh, India

Correspondence Address:
Suruchi Garg
Aura Skin Institute, SCO44-45, Sector 9D, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh - 160 009
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_418_17

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Background: Aging is an inevitable biological change, but understanding the process of aging of face is important to customize the treatment options for facial rejuvenation. Evidence-based estimation of global facial aging is necessary for the validation of various treatment modalities. Aims: Classification and implementation of a scoring system for aging face based upon volume loss and surface changes as evident by drooping of different areas of the face and appearance of fine and deep wrinkles, respectively, and to apply this drooping–wrinkles classification on 54 participants to evaluate and understand the validity of scoring. Methods: An observational study was conducted, and scores were calculated based on 13 parameters (7 areas of drooping and 6 areas of wrinkles on the face) at Aura Skin Institute, Chandigarh, India. Accordingly, age was divided in different age groups followed by clinical estimation of facial age and calculation of scores. Results: According to our classification and scoring system, 61% (33 out of 54) of the participants were correlated with their chronological age group. Out of the remaining 21 (39%) participants who were aging faster, 13 (24%) were in the age group of 25–35 years. Approximately one-fourth of the patients in the age groups 36–45 and 46–55 years were aging faster. Only 1 patient had scores showing younger age in comparison to chronological age. Overall, there was a good correlation between the calculated score and the chronological age of patients. Moreover, a gradual increase in scores was noticed with increasing age groups. Conclusions: This is a new clinical classification and scoring system for facial age which is much easier to apply in daily clinical practice for easy calculation of baseline scores and customizing their antiaging treatment options. Moreover, it will also make it easier to compare the efficacy of treatment in their future follow-ups. The limitation of this study is that it has been proposed for all skin types but validation has been done only for Indian participants.


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