Relax Those WrinklesAugust 30th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
A Guide to Treatable Wrinkles
Have you ever wondered what to do about those worry lines, or those scrunched up crow’s feet? What about those tougher-looking lines around the mouth, or those creases around the nose? What are they called? And more importantly, how do you treat them?
Are all wrinkles treated equally?
If you’ve ever wondered or worried about wrinkles, keep reading. Today we’re looking at the various lines and contours that make up our faces. We’ll also look at a few different options for treating those lines.
The Line Items
Some lines come and go, while others always seem to show. Other lines seem to become more prominent over time. Why does this happen?
There are two primary ways that fine lines and wrinkles develop: external factors and aging. External factors include things like excessive sun exposure, wind damage, or scarring. Exposure to ultraviolet light is the main cause of superficial or surface lines, which is why it’s important to use sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection when you’re outside for long periods of time.
The other cause of wrinkles is aging. As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin breaks down. In areas where a lot of muscle contraction is happening, this leads to static facial lines, or creases that have become permanent over time. For most people these are smile lines, which raise and stretch every time we talk or laugh, or they’re the nasolabial folds, the arches that curve around the nose and reach the corners of the mouth. Glabellar lines are the creases that form between our eyebrows, and if you’re someone who’s frequently puzzled or perplexed, perhaps you’ve noticed these lines sticking around. Over time, our most frequently used dynamic facial lines become static facial lines. This means they’re deeply set, and visible even while our face is at rest.
As with exposure to sunlight, the effects of aging are unavoidable, but they can be moderated or “slowed down.”
Furrowing that Brow?
The question now is: what can be done about these different kinds of wrinkles? In short, the treatment should be proportional to the depth and severity of the line.
For those fine surface lines, the best solution is a topical cream or moisturizer. Dried or cracking skin tends to make fines lines more visible, so it’s important to moisturize daily. For regular creams, look for active ingredients like Vitamin A, which helps thicken skin, increasing blood flow and evening skin’s surface. Vitamin A also stimulates collagen production over time, which can slow the breakdown of the skin matrix that happens as a result of aging. Most creams and moisturizers will have alpha hydroxy acids, too, which help hydrate the deeper layers of the skin.
Those deeper furrows require a bit more than creams and moisturizers. Because these creases occur much deeper in the dermis, treatments often involve deep exfoliation or injectables that can reach the source of the problem. Techniques such as peels or dermabrasion have the ability to smooth out surface unevenness while also stimulating collagen and elastin production deep within the skin. These treatments essential “reset” the skin, restoring that smooth, youthful appearance we had before our fine lines became more permanent.
Light-based facial treatments are also highly successful at eliminating deepset wrinkles. IPL Photofacials send high-energy light waves deep into skin, eliminating superficial blood vessels that cause excessive blotchiness, as well as encouraging collagen production to even out those lines. CO2 laser treatments also combat wrinkles, as well as acne scars and other skin impurities, using vaporization rather than abrasion. Light-based treatments have the ability to remove damaged skin tissue that builds up and adds definition to fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox is also a candidate for treating deep wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. By injecting the protein botulinum toxin A at specific problem areas on the face, the muscles that commonly cause static facial lines are relaxed.
Botox is the ideal treatment for wrinkles found around the eyes (like crow’s feet), around the mouth (like vertical lip lines) and the brow.
Unfolding Your Fine Lines
Whatever wrinkle woes are worrying you, there’s a treatment out there that’s customized to fit your face. Esteem has several lines of anti-aging creams scientifically tested to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We also specialize in skincare treatments designed to restore and rejuvenate. Call or stop in for a free consultation today. 775.329.3000