Wow, interesting info from your brother-in-law, Palasheea. Thanks. And I'm glad that you are searching too, it's a true mystery that we just might
be able to solve here. I hope the books are interesting and give us some insight to move this forward.
Once again I must still say that there was only one Lucia. I cannot get around her family visiting her and recognizing her. Some of the visits were
with family members that she played with as a child. So, here’s what I’ve been doing to try to make sense of this;
I’ve been reading up on the forensics of facial recognition and I’m finding that it is a very specialized field with few people who are available
for comments as most work for law enforcement agencies.
Also I’m finding that most cosmetic surgeons do not specialize in advanced age faces, most of their clients are young to middle-aged and are
interested in enhancements, lol. Most would not be qualified to give an opinion on this controversy. I did find one however, who does specialize in
facial aging with excellent bonafides. I’ve spoken with her staff and though the Dr. is out of town at the moment they might if they have the time
check in on the thread. Lol, it was tough to word my request so that it would even be considered, I’ve got it down to an science now.
I also contacted a clinic who specializes in Prosthodontics, they might have a look, they didn’t sound that interested though.
Last one I contacted this morning is a well established physical anthropologist who has delved into this sort of topic before. The number I had went
directly to his personal voice mail and once again I left a very carefully worded request for his unofficial, totally anonymous opinion on the two
Lucias either via me or by his own anonymous post.
I understand it’s a longshot that any will post here, they’re very busy in their fields, but what the heck, thought I go for it to try and settle
this once and for all.
What I’ve found on my own while searching the net is that the chin does become jutting with age. Also the disposition of fat volume on the face is
based on genetics and type of diet. Sr. Lucia according to Rick Salbato was mainly a vegetarian with an occasional poultry meal in her diet. The
vegetables were from the convent’s own garden so were seasonal. Which would have an effect on her facial fat distribution.
Bad teeth affect the bone structure of the jaw in various ways, I can’t go into all the detail here, it’s volumes of terms that are difficult to
The lips thin with age according to the collagen in your body. She was vegetarian which definitely did not help hold off this aspect of aging and
probably speeded it up. Lip thinning happens to all of us eventually.
Also with middle age onwards the natural upward position of the mouth starts to turn down at the corners.
Eyebrows thin dramatically with middle age onward. Perhaps you recall seeing an Aunt or older woman having to pencil in her eyebrows, that is what
happens with age. The shape will also change according to the amount of strands left to work with.
(Lol, this is subject is depressing me, I’ve got all this to look forward too?)
Below is a basic list of changes to the face that comes with age. It’s the best I could find that was in close to layman’s terms.
Characteristic signs of facial aging include:
Greater visibility of tiny blood vessels in the skin, due to thinning of the dermis
Greater visibility of bony landmarks, like jutting cheekbones or chins, secondary to facial fat involution
Hollowing of the cheek and mouth area due to bone and dental loss, as well as volume depletion (loss of fat)
Descent of facial fat pads due to gravity and deepening of the lines on the sides of the nose (nasolabial folds), and jowling
Thinning lips and flattening of the central part of the upper lip (philtrum)
Drooping corners of the mouth leading to loss of structure to support lip edges
Drooping of the nasal tip
Decreased support of the lower third of face
Lol, gotta go now, I’m now into the face exercises I found on the net. For the next thirty minutes I’m gonna be making funny faces while I look
in the mirror. Gotta work those muscles ya’ll, especially after all the depressing info I’ve been finding on the net.