Cosmetic Procedures and Wrinkles
You've heard the saying that wrinkles are the roadmap of your life. Some of us, though, would rather not be reminded of the distance we've traveled. So what can you do? First, understand what causes wrinkles. Then, if you still want to reduce them, explore your treatment options.
Aging and Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a by-product of aging. With age, skin cells divide more slowly, and the skin's inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin. That starts to undo skin's stretchiness and structure.
Aging skin also starts to lose its ability to hold on to moisture, makes less oil, and is slower to heal. That all contributes to the wrinkling process.
Facial Muscle Contractions
Lines between your eyebrows (frown lines) and lines jutting from the corner of your eyes (crow's-feet) are thought to result from facial muscle contractions. Smiling, frowning, squinting and other habitual facial expressions cause these wrinkles to become more prominent. Over time, those expressions, plus gravity, contribute to the formation of jowls and drooping eyelids.
Sun Damage and Wrinkles
Getting too much sun damages your skin. That leads to wrinkles. To prevent them, stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, even in the winter and when it's cloudy.
Smoking and Wrinkles
Smoking curbs your skin's production of collagen, which is a key part of the skin's structure. The downturn in collagen paves the way for wrinkles. That's one more reason to quit smoking, or never to start.
What Are the Treatment Options for Wrinkles?
Removing skin layers is an effective way to regain smoother, more youthful looking skin. Options include:
If you are considering treatment for your wrinkles, ask your doctor which procedure is right for you.
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Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2012