Wrinkles are a sign of aging and everyone will get them at some point. Although it’s impossible to stop the creases from forming, various treatments have made it possible to reduce their appearance.
As aforementioned, wrinkles are creases that form on the skin due to loss of elasticity.
We have fat cells and collagen underneath our skin that give the skin its youthful appearance and elasticity. However, as we get older, the fat and collagen causing the skin to thin and sag.
Wrinkles form differently and can either be dynamic or static. Dynamic wrinkles are shallow creases caused by repeated muscle movements such as smiling and frowning.
Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are deep and appear because of age, diet, lifestyle, and exposure to sunlight.
Age is the primary cause of wrinkles. However, other factors can also cause your skin to fold and crease. Take for example facial expression like smiling, squinting, or frowning can cause wrinkles.
When you smile or frown, you engage your facial muscles which in turn cause lines and grooves to form underneath the skin. When you have healthy and elastic skin, the facial muscles can easily bounce back. However, as we age it becomes harder for the skin to get back to normal, resulting in permanent grooves.
Exposure to UV light either from the sun or tanning booth can also cause the skin to form creases. Ultraviolet light breaks the elastin fibers and collagen in the skin causing the skin to get weaker, less elastic and flexible.
Regular smoking and alcohol drinking are also culprits. Smoke affects the blood supply to the skin cells and alcohol causes the skin to lose water, leading to dry skin and wrinkle formation.
The choice of wrinkle treatment will depend on the type of folds and creases. For surface lines, basic treatments such as topical retinoids can reduce fine wrinkles and skin roughness. You can also use wrinkle creams, but be sure to discuss the available options with the doctor or dermatologist before buying.
Anti-wrinkle injections work great for static wrinkles as they can penetrate the skin and improve the elasticity. These injections can minimize the contraction of certain facial muscles.
Yes, they are safe. Anti-wrinkle injections are made of purified protein extracted from a bacterium. The bacteria are used not only in medicine but also in cosmetic products to improve wrinkles. However, the treatment can only be provided by a licensed dermatologist.
The success of the injections is different on every person, but on anti-wrinkle injections can last from 3 to 4 months. Several factors such as type of wrinkles, habits and how well the skin reacts to the treatment can affect the success of the treatment.
Dermal fillers and Botox address the same problem differently. Botox is made of purified bacteria that works by freezing the muscle, thereby minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injected beneath the skin to add fullness in parts with less skin and elasticity like the cheeks and lips.
Anti-wrinkles improve your wrinkles and appearance, giving you a youthful look. Other benefits include:
Anti-wrinkle injections are effective, but this depends to some extent on how well you take care of your skin after the injections are administered. Don’t touch or rub the skin, stay out of the sun, and avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours.
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