What causes wrinkles?
There are several types of wrinkles - those brought on from aging, prolonged water exposure, loss of body mass, or sleeping in the same position.
Do you remember your mother telling you not to make that face or your face would get stuck like that? Well, that’s half right. Repetitive facial expressions do cause wrinkles as you age - if you spend most of your time frowning, smiling or scrunching your forehead, you will likely eventually get some folds in your skin. These wrinkles tend to come about as you age. Skin elasticity can be affected by personal hydration, smoking, and sun exposure, but we’ll get back to that.
Water Immersion Wrinkling
You can also get wrinkles from leaving your skin underwater (these are typically temporary, and disappear when you dry off). These wrinkles increase the gripping ability of your fingers and toes giving you a tiny bit of a tiny super power.
Loss of Body Mass
As you grow, your skin expands to accommodate all the good squishiness underneath. If you put on weight, your skin will need to stretch to hold your excess mass. If you lose that weight too quickly, or have other extenuating circumstances, you may be left with excess skin that will fold and wrinkle on your new smaller frame.
Sleeping in the Same Position
This cause of wrinkles is highly debated. Some experts claim that sleeping the same way every night may increase wrinkles on the side of your face that is pressed against the pillow. Logically, this hypothesis seems to make sense, if you live to 78.6 (the US average lifespan), you will spend approximately 25 years sleeping - that’s 219,000 hours with your face smooshed into a pillow reinforcing lines. It is generally accepted that sleeping on your back may slow down facial wrinkles.
How can I prevent wrinkles?
There are only a few methods that are scientifically proven to reduce the occurrence of wrinkles. Here are some of the best tips we found to help keep you looking young for longer.
Daily sunscreen use
Studies have shown that people typically get more wrinkles on the left side of their face, due to sun exposure while driving. While glass stops the transmission of UVB rays, UVA rays are still able to penetrate the glass, and these are the rays typically associated with increased wrinkling. Using sunscreen, even if you think you don’t get much sun-exposure, can delay and lessen the effects of UVA rays on your skin. When picking out your sunscreen, make sure you are choosing a broad spectrum formula, and remember that reapplication should occur every 2 hours.
Don’t smoke or stop ASAP
You can find an incredible gallery comparing twins on CNN’s website. Without seeing the details of each photo, it’s instantly apparent which one has smoked (or smoked for longer). According to WebMd, “The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A.” If wrinkles are a concern for you, put down the cigarette!
Wear proper eye gear
When’s the last time you saw an optometrist? One of the main things that causes repetitive motion in your face is squinting to read or see. When in the sun, wear sunglasses so you don’t need to scrunch up your face. Make sure the prescription for your glasses is correct, and wear reading glasses if you need them.
I already have wrinkles!! What are my options?
We have a variety of options available to help lessen or fill in wrinkles you already have.
Skin Tightening with Viora®
If you have skin around your eyes and neck become loose and a bit droopy, or have lost weight and now have loose skin that you can’t get rid of, this may be the right choice for you.
How Does Viora® Work?
Viora uses multiple radio frequencies to precision target the problem areas you want to tighten. This treatment strengthens existing collagen fibers that have weakened over time due to aging and stress. Bi-polar radio frequency energy heats the dermis and stimulates collagen synthesis.
How long does the treatment take?
Sessions range from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the specific application and area being treated.
How many treatments are needed?
Typically the number of sessions range from 3-6. This depends on the application needed and each patient’s specific needs. We will review what you will need at your free consultation. Skin tightening by Viora® enables you to easily attain a fresher and more youthful appearance without downtime.
If your primary concern is frown lines between your eyebrows or crows feet around the eyes, botox may be the option for you.
Botox® Cosmetic is an approved treatment that can temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults. Botox® Cosmetic works by targeting one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.
Botox® Cosmetic will help temporarily reduce muscle activity, usually after your first treatment, and you will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows. Patients report results lasting as long as 4 months.
Dermal Fillers with Juvederm
Juvederm is the way to go if you’re looking to fill in some laugh lines, marionette lines, or vertical lip lines.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance normally found in the skin and muscles of mammals.
How does Juvederm work?
Hyaluronic acid is excellent for plumping up problem areas (hence it being a dermal filler) due to its ability to absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Not only does it plump skin via absorbing water, but Juvaderm binds with collagen and elastin to move more basic nutrients into skin. Your skin is able to hold more moisture and nutrients to create a more youthful look.
Whether you want to lessen the look of crows feet, fill in some lines on your face, or tighten up some drooping skin, we're here to help with an affordable, pain free solution. Contact us for a free consultation at our beautiful facility in Westminster, Colorado.