06 Apr Solutions for Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging and can be caused and exacerbated by a number of things—but there are also a variety of solutions for wrinkles. Look more youthful, well-rested, and happier with wrinkle treatments at Spectrum Dermatology. When you combine daily best practices to prevent and diminish wrinkles with cutting-edge treatments and products, you can win the battle against aging and achieve skin that is smooth, supple, and revitalized.
Wrinkles are most evident on areas of the skin that receive the constant damage from UV light. UV rays are the single biggest cause of wrinkles after aging. Our face, neck, and hands are the first places wrinkles appear because skin in this area is delicate, expressive, and regularly exposed to damaging UV rays. By definition, wrinkles are lines and crease in the skin, and severe wrinkles can cause crevices or furrows (like the “angry elevens” between the brows). The neck and around the eyes are the most common places for deep wrinkles to first appear.
Skin tightening treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, are among the best ways to turn back the clock. The exact laser or light therapy for you will depend on your skin, the target site, and the severity of the wrinkles. Laser skin rejuvenation can range from more aggressive treatments to mild therapies.
Botox is another option, and it treats wrinkles while preventing them in the first place. One of the most popular injection sites for Botox is between the brows. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing key muscles that cause frown lines, wrinkles, and creases. When a client starts Botox early, it’s a preventative measure that trains muscles to become weaker and diminish their ability to create wrinkles in the future. Botox is a temporary solution that lasts about three months. It’s important to choose an expert injector to achieve natural-looking, beautiful results.
Daily Best Practices to Prevent Wrinkles
Smoking isn’t just dangerous to your health, but it also exacerbates the appearance of wrinkles—especially around the mouth. If you’re a smoker, one of the best things you can do for your health and wrinkles is to quit. The smoke itself is toxic and affects the skin (which is the biggest organ of the human body), and the regular inhaling creates creases and lines around the mouth. The elements of smoke negatively affect collagen production in the body, which is our built-in fountain of youth.
If you’re prone to creating wrinkles or furrows when you concentrate or if you laugh a lot, all of these repeated facial expressions can lead to unwanted lines and wrinkles. Every time facial muscles are used a groove is created below the skin’s surface. As we get older, the muscle’s flexibility is lost and can’t spring back to place as quickly, causing these grooves to become more permanent. Botox and dermal fillers are excellent solutions to prevent excessive facial expressions while still maintaining your natural appearance.
Sun Protection is Key
Skin treatments like laser skin resurfacing and microneedling can undo some of the damage caused by UV rays. However, it’s never too late to adopt a solid sunscreen regimen. Both the quality of the sunscreen and proper application is key to stopping future sun damage from happening. The best sunscreens are broadband, at least 30 SPF, and dermatologist-recommended. It’s important to apply sunscreen liberally any time you’re exposed to UV rays (including when you’re driving or sitting by a window). It’s also recommended that you re-apply sunscreen every 75 minutes. About two tablespoons is the amount most people need for every sunscreen application, and that’s a lot more than most people actually use.
Finally, incorporating a healthy diet and moderate exercise can help your skin look its best. Since your skin is an organ, it’s going to respond to your nutrition and well-being. A diet rich in vegetables and unsaturated fats with limited sugar and dairy is recommended for optimal skin health. Working together with a dermatologist, you can create a healthier plan for treating and preventing wrinkles and other skin concerns. To learn more about wrinkle treatments and recommended sunscreens, contact Spectrum Dermatology today at (480) 948-8400 to schedule your consultation or appointment.