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Wrinkles- Prevention Tips&Treatments

Seven out of ten Americans are considering a cosmetic procedure. Of these, over half are considering treatment because they are concerned with wrinkles affecting their appearance. The good news- there a several treatments that leave you highly satisfied with your appearance.

Let’s look at what causes wrinkles:

Age

With age and genetics, some people lose collagen and elastin in their skin. These two proteins are responsible for giving your skin its elasticity, plumpness, and youthful look. This- combined with the loss of fat and bone density over time- leads to wrinkling and sagging.

Sun Exposure

Ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, where it breaks down collagen and elastic and prevents the body from fixing the damage. This thins the skin and decreases its elasticity. Which causes wrinkling.

Facial Expressions

Certain facial expressions cause the skin to wrinkle onto itself. Over time, as these expressions are repeated, the wrinkles become ironed in and are present even at rest. An excellent example of this is smile lines around the eyes.

Smoking 

The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the skin. This impairs blood flow prevents the skin from getting nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Chemicals in cigarette smoke also damage collagen and elastin. This not only leads to “smokers’ lines” around the mouth but also increased aging to the overall skin.

How to prevent wrinkles?

Sun protection and smoking avoidance are essential to prevent premature aging of the skin. Anti-aging creams and topical products can also help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

What are the treatment options?

Treatment of skin wrinkling can vary depending on the location and severity of the problem.

Anti-aging creams

Both over the counter and prescription can help to soften fine lines and wrinkles. Most of these creams help to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Chemical Peels 

Removes the outer layers of your skin. New skin then forms and creates a smoother texture and reduced fine lines.

Neuromodulators 

These injections help to soften muscle movements. This helps with wrinkles caused by facial expressions.

Soft-tissue fillers 

These are injections that are used to plump the skin and directly fill in wrinkles and folds.

 

Consult your board-certified dermatologist to discuss which treatment options may be best for you. 

 

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