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Aging is a fact of life, but sometimes other factors, in and out of our control, may exacerbate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the skin. While lines and wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process, there are a number of treatment options to help smooth away these signs, leaving skin smoother and younger looking.
Most lines first start as what is known as a dynamic line — in other words, a line or fold in the skin that appears whilst making a facial expression. As time goes on, with repeated expression, these lines can become etched into the skin and become “static” or visible at rest.
The aging process can be quite complex with a number of factors at play, and if left unmanaged, fine lines can progress into deepened wrinkles and eventually skin folds and laxity like sagging jowls.
Fine lines are small and shallow lines that appear on the face, this is normally an indicator of first signs of aging. We tend to find them mostly around the eyes and mouth as these are the areas of the face we tend to move the most with expressions.
Fine lines turn into wrinkles as you age – this is because the collagen and elastin beneath the surface of your skin begins to break down. Wrinkles are normally deeper and in different areas of the face, like extending down the cheeks and around the mouth.
Skin folds, such as nasolabial folds or marionette lines, tend to come last as a result of the loss and breakdown of collagen and elastin, as well as volume loss in the face. This combined with gravity causes the skin to sag and fold.
Yes and no. If you catch a static line early on, proactive treatment can help to erase it overtime. However if it has been visible for some time, or is particularly deep, it may require more treatment in order to reduce the visibility.
Think of it like taking a piece of paper and folding it in half. You can take the paper and flatten it back out, but the crease will still be visible.
How you care for your skin on a daily basis will impact the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as help with prevention and correction. It is important to restore integrity and repair damage to the skin barrier to strengthen the function of the skin. Using Universkin we are able to tailor corrective skincare to exactly what your skin needs.
Anti-wrinkle injections such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin® or Dysport® can be used to decrease muscle activity which causes dynamic lines to become static. If facial volume loss is responsible for folds appearing, dermal filler may be used to restore volume and structure to the face for a more rejuvenated appearance.
Ultimately, wrinkles, fine lines, and folds are a sign of the natural biological aging process. While treatments and skincare are the best solution to reverse what you may see, another approach is to work from the inside out to slow the aging process and allow for the skin to age with grace. IV therapy can include powerhouse anti-agers such as glutathione, Iron, NAD, and Vitamin C to name a few and can be customized to your unique needs.