Ageing skin is associated with a range of cosmetic concerns – from a loss of collagen, which results in the thinning of the skin to a loss of structural integrity or weakening of the skin leading to different types wrinkles.
Sun beds, sun or environmental exposure progress ageing. The two earliest signs of ageing are the development of crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkling between the brows and forehead due to constant facial expressions. Between the ages of 30 to 49 years there is a sharp increase in prevalence of skin changes such as wrinkles. In contrast, signs most clearly ascribable to photo-aging such as pigmented spots, affect most people two to three decades later.
To understand the various treatments of wrinkles, one must understand that there are different kinds of wrinkles: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles:
are those facial lines that are evident even when our face is at rest, thus constantly visible.
are those wrinkles and lines that appear when your face is animated.
One of the main causes for static wrinkles is your sleeping positions. Sleep lines are wrinkles caused by resting your face on the pillow in the same way each night for years. Sleeping on your back decreases the development of these wrinkles since their skin doesn’t lie crumples up against a pillow.
When you’re younger, the skin has abundant collagen, thus our wrinkles were dynamic, only appearing when our faces are animated. Dynamic wrinkles are formed by facial expressions and repetitive facial movements.We see lines form with each facial expression due to a groove forming beneath the surface of the skin each time we use our facial muscles. Skin stops springing back to its line free state as the skin ages. These grooves become permanently etched on ones face as fine lines and wrinkles with constant motion.
Injectable fillers are mainly used for static wrinkling. Fillers soften lines and larger wrinkles by plumping them out so they look less evident at rest. A combination of anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are used when a line or wrinkle is very deep and weakening the muscle action will help preserve the longevity of the filler. Most common in the furrows between the eyebrows or bleed lines in the lip.
Dynamic wrinkles are what separate anti-wrinkle injections and any of the injectable fillers. Anti-wrinkle injections are for dynamic wrinkling. An agent made for relaxing the muscle, thus softening wrinkles and lines occurring from dynamic facial movement; between the eyebrows when frowning; crows feet for smiling.
Wrinkle treatment should start when one sees a wrinkle developing and the wrinkles are still soft. They can become “ingrained” and “scar like” when untreated and become very difficult to treat successfully. Prevention can be done if you intervene early and fill in the wrinkles.