As we age, our face might be the first place to show signs of this process with increased wrinkles and fine lines. They are a normal part of aging and are most often found on your face, neck and arms, but wrinkles can appear anywhere on your body.
While fine lines are superficial and closer to the skin’s surface, wrinkles are more deep-set. Slow skin cell production, thinning skin layers and a lack of collagen proteins causes wrinkles to form on your skin.
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Wrinkles fall into two main categories; Dynamic and Static. Dynamic wrinkles develop from repeated facial movements.The most common locations for dynamic wrinkles are between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, and on the cheeks near the outer corners of the eyes, referred to as ‘crow’s feet‘.
Static wrinkles result from a loss of elasticity and the takeover of gravity. They are caused by damage to the skin from sun, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling.
These two categories can be broken down into six different specific types of wrinkles. Each one has a different cause and, therefore, a different approach to get rid of them. Let’s get a little technical here!
These are also known as dynamic lines caused by a combination of a loss in elasticity and repeatedly making the same expression over and over again. Think of laughing, smiling, frowning– the inevitable expressions of life. Facial muscles are attached directly to the skin tissue which means that as you move your face muscles, the constant expansion and contraction leads to temporary and eventually more permanent creases.
These wrinkles are thanks to a loss in elasticity with sun damage being the main culprit. UV rays damage collagen fibers (the protein that gives the skin its structure) and elastin (the protein that helps the skin bounce back). Elastic wrinkles can be spotted in your neck, upper lip, and cheeks.
As we age, gravity takes its course, causing the tissue that gives our skin its elasticity to gradually deflate giving the appearance of droops and folds. An example of this is the lower face jowls and upper eyelid skin and drooping brow.
Oil production, although found to be an annoyance in youth, is vital to keeping the skin lubricated and supple. However, as we age, those oil glands begin to shrink, and the skin begins to look crepey, dry, and, you guessed it — wrinkled. This dryness forms fine parallel lines on the forehead and décolletage.
These lines, also known as sleep wrinkles or pillow lines, happen as you compress your face against your pillow as you sleep. Most often, these don’t stick around for long but with the combination of loss of elasticity and poor sleeping habits, these may become more permanent.
These are similar to elastic wrinkles which form as a result of aging and UV damage. You may start noticing thin, delicate lines appearing on places like your neck or eyelids. These types of wrinkles typically appear on skin that is thin and they disappear almost completely when the skin is stretched.
Wrinkles can appear anywhere on your face, but the common spots have specific names for the types of wrinkles that form:
In regards to treatments, limiting sun exposure and smoking are specific lifestyle changes that can be beneficial to your skin. Also, anti-aging and medicated creams can target wrinkles and fine lines.
If you don’t like the look of wrinkles and fine lines, then talk to a healthcare professional to receive a more permanent and effective treatment. We provide aesthetic services that can be used in combination, or solely, to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
These very popular injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent a muscle from moving, much like a muscle relaxer. Cosmetically, it is primarily best used to treat wrinkles around the areas of facial expressions– frown lines, between the eyebrows, and wrinkles that form around the outside of the eyes.
Dermal fillers(Juvederm, Restylane, RHA)are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin and are most commonly used to treat smile lines. These are compounds used to hydrate, plump, and moisturize the skin. Our fillers are hyaluronic acid based, which is a natural compound found in our skin and connective tissue.
The PlasM Plasma Pen Fibroblast treatment is a safe and effective non-surgical lifting and tightening procedure. It is used to treat lines and wrinkles, loose skin on face and body, scarring, stretch marks as well as benign raised skin lesions but can be used anywhere on the body.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves puncturing the skin to treat various aesthetic concerns. Microneedling is used to treat textural issues such as acne scars, large pores, wrinkles and leads to overall skin rejuvenation. Our office also offers microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy that can accelerate the rejuvenation process.
Wrinkles will happen to us all at some point, but let’s try to reframe that point of view. Got smile lines etched in your nasolabial folds? You must have grown up with lots of long belly laughs. Notice the oft-dreaded “11s” in the middle of your forehead? You’ve likely engaged in plenty of thought-provoking conversations, ones that made your brows furrow. A rich life full of emotions, stories, and beauty—so what if you have a few fine lines?
Of course, if you don’t want your face to reflect your life experiences, we can help with that. Book a consultation with us today to discuss your treatment options and learn how Botox, Fillers, Fibroblast or PRP Microneedling can help you achieve more healthier and youthful skin.