Wrinkles and Fine Lines: What To Do When They Start Appearing
Wrinkles and fine lines will eventually happen to all of us. The good news is, thanks to today’s innovative technology and the creative minds of medical professionals, there is a chance to get rid of wrinkles and achieve that youthful-looking skin.
Before diving into all these amazing treatments that are effective in maintaining and improving the skin, it is best to have knowledge about the causes of such skin issues. Why do wrinkles and fine lines develop?
Here are some of the important information that you may need to take in before heading to your derma clinic.
Why Does The Skin Sag?
As we age, we should be more aware of the changes in our skin. During our younger days, you may notice that you have a firm and supple skin. Those were the days where your skin gives a “glow” but unfortunately, fades away due to some negative factors like the sun. Aging skin is unavoidable, but it can be reduced and you can prevent it from happening too soon. Such aging skin includes blemishes, poor texture, sagging, wrinkles, and folds. But what really causes the skin to sag?
The skin may sag due to numerous reasons- Loss of volume, muscle weakness, and the breakage of the skin’s foundation (collagen and elastin). Loss of volume plays a huge role in causing the saggy appearance of the skin. The loss of facial fat, thinning of the skin, and the overall volume leads to the deep folds and saggy skin. The second factor is muscle weakness. Muscle weakness on the face may not be much of a concern but it can contribute to the sagginess of the skin.
The last factor, and also the most common one, is the loss of collagen and elastin fibers. These substances form the foundation of our youthful skin. Collagen and elastin support and connects the skin to allow it to remain smooth, firm, and supple. Unfortunately, due to aging and excessive sun exposure, collagen and elastin fibers starts to break. This leads to sagging skin.
How To Treat My Saggy Skin?
Cosmetic surgeons nowadays can effectively tighten saggy or loose skin on the body, face, and neck. This helps patients improve their appearance and give them a reason not to undergo any surgical procedures. Most non-invasive treatments deliver their energy directly to the deeper layers of the skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin production. Other treatments target the fibrous tissues to smoothen out cellulite.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that serves as an alternative to having a facelift. This treatment is widely used to counteract the signs of aging such as wrinkle formation and sagging skin. Wrinkles can appear in certain parts of the face and body like the chest, forehead, and neck.
Ultherapy is an FDA approved technology that is proven to be safe to use. The treatment encourages collagen production in the skin which then leads to the youthful appearance of the skin. Ultherapy delivers its ultrasound energy into the deep parts of the skin. The heated ultrasound energy aims at different depths which affects three layers: The wrinkles, skin, and muscles.
After a number of required sessions for Ultherapy, you’ll be achieving that firm and supple skin with no wrinkles or fine lines at sight.
IPL/RF combination treatments
The combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency (RF) is a third-class skin tightening treatment that triggers the production of collagen fibers. This treatment delivers heat into the deeper layers of the skin inducing the natural healing response of the body. The IPL helps to focus the RF energy into the affected to give a more effective treatment procedure.
Botulinum toxin is a muscle poison that is used to paralyze facial muscles that are responsible for developing the frown lines on the forehead. Other saggy skin issues are wrinkles in certain body parts and fine lines around the eye area. Specialists may require repeated injections to give continuous improvements to the affected area. Results from Botox treatments may last up to several months.
Deeper peels work best in smoothing fine lines. Such substances and ingredients used in this treatment are trichloroacetic acid and salicylic acid, which both penetrates deeper into the skin. Anesthesia may be applied to reduce the discomfort from the treatment. The deeper and stronger the peel, the greater the risk of side effects occurring. Scarring and long-term pigmentation are some of the common side effects.