Facial wrinkles and lines are a sign of aging that everyone will have to deal with as they get older. Treating these problems is key to restoring your skin’s definition and a youthful look.
No matter who you are, wrinkles and lines are going to happen. Facial wrinkles go by many names: crow’s feet, frown lines, accordion lines, and bunny lines. Crow’s feet refer to deep wrinkles that form at the corner of the eyes. Frown lines form between the eyebrows and have a furrowed appearance. Bunny lines are formed around the bridge of the nose and are caused when a person frequently scrunches their nose. Accordion lines extend outward from the corner of the mouth and can be deep lines. Facial wrinkles and lines caused by frequent, repeated expressions are called dynamic wrinkles.
While they go by many names, facial wrinkles and lines are all caused by a few common factors. They’re not a sign of any health problems and they don’t cause discomfort, but wrinkles and lines come with age and can affect your sense of self. They appear more pronounced on skin that has experienced sun damage. However, your skin’s tendency to develop wrinkles may be genetic. Since many are named after expressions or areas of the face, it makes sense that repeated facial expressions are to blame for some kinds of wrinkles and lines.
By far the most popular way to treat wrinkles and lines, BOTOX® uses small injections of the inactive clostridium botulinum bacterium to remove wrinkles. BOTOX® works by blocking nerve impulses in the muscles of your face, keeping dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines at bay for months. BOTOX® is a simple, quick, and easy way to treat facial lines with no time needed for recovery. You can immediately go back to your daily routine after a BOTOX® injection. You’ll notice improving results about two weeks after treatment, and while the results of BOTOX® are temporary, they can last almost six months. Treatment can be repeated as needed, so you never need to worry about wrinkles again! After undergoing BOTOX® treatment, many find that their facial lines begin to soften permanently, calling for fewer return treatments.
As we get older, our body produces less collagen. In the dermis, or middle layer of our skin, collagen is crucial to preventing lines from forming. Thankfully, even if your skin’s collagen production is slowing, dermal fillers can help bring collagen levels back to where they should be. Dermal fillers like BOTOX® are injected directly into the dermis of the affected skin and produce results that last for around six months. Dermal fillers are also referred to as hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin responsible for supporting and hydrating skin.
While the methods for these two wrinkle treatments are different, it’s not inappropriate to point out their similarities. A chemical peel and light therapy both cause superficial damage to the skin in order to stimulate collagen production. Light therapy works by exposing wrinkled skin to intense ultraviolet light. The immediate result is equivalent to a low-grade sunburn, but the results can be incredible. Collagen production in the dermis is amped up as skin works to repair itself, thus smoothing wrinkles and lines.
Chemical peels produce the same results, and even produce a similar appearance. Your dermatologist will use a topical acid compound, which most commonly includes salicylic or glycolic acids, to remove the surface layers of your skin. With repeated treatments every six to eight months, collagen production will smooth wrinkles away on your face.
If you’re hoping to stop skin from wrinkling, look no further than the treatments offered by your New England dermatologist. Aging skin can always be treated, and wrinkles and lines don’t have to be an inevitability.