No one likes getting older. And to add insult to injury, aging can be confusing—especially when you’re starting to see all sorts of lines and creases develop. How can you treat such wrinkles or prevent them from occurring? Your beauty regimen was probably a cinch when you were in your 20s – you’d use any old face wash and be done with it. But once you’re in your 30s and 40s, things are different. The older you get, the more gently you have to treat your skin, and with the right products and procedures too.
Don’t worry, though. We’re here to help. Read on for the lowdown on the most common types of wrinkles, as well as their solutions.
Dynamic or Static?
Before we go into specifics, you should know the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles. The treatments for each type vary. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by a contraction of muscles that are attached to the overlying skin. Each muscle contraction causes the skin to bunch together, forming lines between the bulk of the muscle. The most common locations for dynamic wrinkles are frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, and lines extending from the outer corners of the eyes often called crow’s feet. Weakening these muscles will cause a reduction in the severity of the facial wrinkles, or can prevent them altogether when muscle weakening is done before wrinkles form.
In addition to surgery, which can permanently weaken some of these muscles, Botox injections into the specifically targeted muscles will temporarily decrease the action of the muscles for three to four months, thus eliminating wrinkles or causing a softer appearance to already-formed dynamic wrinkles. Preventative injections of Botox can also be used before dynamic wrinkle formation occurs.
Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are due to lack of elasticity of the skin caused from sun damage, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling. Static facial wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle contractions – they remain even when the muscles are not contracting. This leads to the classic crepiness and multiple cross-hatching that is often seen in wrinkles on the cheeks and around the eyes.
What to do? Techniques that increase the thickness of the skin or that remove the damaged skin are effective wrinkle treatments. Laser skin resurfacing and deeper chemical peels remove the damaged skin and stimulate new collagen formation to improve the skin’s appearance, elasticity, and thickness. Medically prescribed skin care regimes using topical creams and ointments such as Retin-A, and vitamin C serum, are excellent options to restore and maintain the skin’s youthfulness. Remember that daily sun protection is essential in preventing further sun damage and skin cancer. Multiple treatments of intense pulsed light or light chemical peels and other non-ablative lasers can increase the thickness of the skin and collagen level without significant downtime.
And Let’s Not Forget Folds
Another type of wrinkle called wrinkle folds are often due to sagging of the underlying facial structures. They cause the deep grooves between the nose and mouth known as nasolabial folds or smile lines. Besides surgical lift procedures, which offer the best corrective measures for these problems, the folds can be camouflaged temporarily by plumping up the groove from beneath with injectable skin fillers made from collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium derivatives, and fat transfers using your own fat. These materials typically last anywhere from three months to three years, depending on the material used and the location of the injection.
Fine Lines and What They Mean
According to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, researchers determined that there are four types of fine lines that you’ll eventually have to face:
Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
Fine lines on the face that are almost parallel to each other. They show up on different areas of the face and body but tend to disappear when the skin is stretched transversally. These wrinkles are associated with loss of elasticity.
The solution? Since these wrinkles are due to the loss of collagen, you need to protect your skin by using sunscreen. You can also use moisturizers to temporarily plump the skin and diminish the appearance of these fine lines.
Permanent Elastic Creases
Crease lines in the skin that become increasingly permanent over time, especially with sun exposure. They show up most frequently on the cheeks, the upper lip and the base of the neck.
Sun exposure and smoking make this type of wrinkle worse. Don’t smoke, do minimize sun exposure and use a sunscreen to prevent this kind of wrinkling.
Dynamic Expression Lines
Wrinkles that are caused by facial muscle movement. They are more commonly referred to as frown lines and crow’s feet. These wrinkles respond best to Botox or other similar injectable wrinkle treatments.
As the name implies, these lines are due to the effects of gravity and become increasingly obvious as skin begins to fold and sag. The location of these wrinkles is related to the thickness of skin – a plumper face may show fewer gravity folds than a leaner face.
Cosmetic surgery like facelifts are the most effective at removing these kinds of wrinkles.
Fight Wrinkles with LaserAway
Though there are literally tons of cosmetic procedures designed to treat a wide variety of lines and wrinkles, the best things you can do to save your skin is to minimize sun exposure, wear sunscreen and don’t smoke. Moisturizers can help temporarily fill in and plump wrinkles, but if you’re looking for more permanent results, then you may want to consider cosmetic procedures like Botox, Juvederm or laser resurfacing.
Need expert advice on your lines and wrinkles? Then contact LaserAway. We’re proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you fight the effects of aging.