With ageing the skin droops and develops wrinkles, lines and furrows. The severity of these changes in an individual depends on genetic tendency, skin phototype (amount of pigment on the skin) and exposure to environmental factors.
Facial wrinkle formation is due to a complex number of factors. Some of these we can control, some we can’t. What we’re born with may ultimately be the most important thing, as long as we take care of it. These are some factors that we can control:
Expression lines – You laugh, you frown, you concentrate. Over time, those expressions leave their mark upon your face. We all develop wrinkles that are caused by contraction of the muscles of facial expression. These wrinkles can only be seen when the muscles contract (DYNAMIC LINES) e.g when you frown, however, as the skin looses its elasticity as we age the creases deepen into lines which become permanently etched on your face (STATIC LINES).
Loss of Skin Elasticity & Collagen – As a child our faces are plump and full. As time passes, we lose this volume resulting in the fat around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead being reduced. This loss of volume leads to some laxity of skin and the formation of wrinkles.
Gravity – The force of gravity too has an effect on the skin and draws the skin downwards on the face, leading to drooping of the cheeks and formation of the lines from the corners of the mouth to the nose (nasolabial lines) and jowls and marionette lines which extend from the lip corners to the jowls.
Sleep lines – this is caused by the compression of the skin from contact of the pillow to the face when sleeping. Sleep lines are usually more prominent on one side and may include those on the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks and upper lip.
Chronic sun exposure – Exposure to chronic UV light is another contributing factor to wrinkle formation. Chronic exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays causes the skin to develop fine wrinkles, mottled pigmentation, broken veins, “liver spots”, roughened patches and ultimately skin cancer.
Smoking – Smoking damages the collagen and reduced the water content of skin hence causing premature ageing. Smokers are particularly vulnerable to the development of lines around the mouth.
Expression lines ( dynamic lines) are generally treated with Botox® or Xeomin® injections that relax the muscles causing the wrinkles. The most common areas treated are the muscles between the brows and the around the eyes. The effect generally last for 3 to 4 months. By stopping the movement/expressions that cause wrinkles, Botox® or Xeomin® can also prevent static lines from becoming deeper by stopping the compression of skin. If static lines or lines at rest are already present, then Botox® or Xeomin® injections generally do not reverse these. However, injections at regular intervals give the skin a rest from compression, and often static wrinkles may improve slightly over time.
A common method of treating static lines or lines at rest is with Dermal fillers. As we age our facial volume reduces and wrinkles form. Dermal fillers are a very effective way of replacing this lost volume and restoring a more youthful look. At Jeunesse MedSpa® we use Dermal fillers that are temporary in their effect and last from 6 to 18 months. Also by a more advanced technique of injection to certain areas of the such as under the eyes, cheeks lips and brows it is possible to rejuvenate or reshape the face.
At Jeunesse MedSpa® you can be assured that you will receive the best advise to suit you personal goals. We will formulate a treatment plan which usually involves multiple visits as it is our goal to give you natural results without a drastic change in your look.
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