Ah, wrinkles … they’re no fun … generally, most people dread them as get older. But what causes facial wrinkles? Are there safe and effective medical treatments to remove or reduce wrinkles?
Although aging is a normal process, nobody really likes the dry and wrinkled facial skin. When the upper layer of the skin loses its elasticity and becomes very dry, fine and expression lines start to appear by leaving the skin scaly, dry and wrinkled. This natural and multi-factorial process of skin changes are known as intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
If you’re asking these questions, it’s best to first understand what a wrinkle is …
Wrinkles are the thin expression lines, creases and fatigue lines seen on the skin caused due to various reasons. While people tend to get wrinkles on the skin as they get older, they can also develop skin wrinkles due to environmental and medical factors. Wrinkles are classified into two main categories: fine skin surface lines and deep furrows. The most common areas on the face where wrinkles appear include the forehead, eyebrows, neck, and near the lips.
Common Causes of the Wrinkles on the Face
- Sun exposure: The harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun penetrate skin and cause damage. Because sunrays can dehydrate skin and burn the skin cells, it accelerates the process of skin aging and develops wrinkles. Most wrinkles, therefore, appear on the parts of our body that receive the most sun exposure. Thus, our facial skin has the tendency to develop the maximum wrinkles because of sun damage.
- Lack of collagen: As we age, our skin loses its collagen and elastin. Thus, it becomes more dehydrated and loses its elasticity. This causes fine lines on your face, neck and near the eye.
- Facial expression: Apart from various environmental and genetic factors, there are many other factors that can cause wrinkles. Facial expressions can contract the muscles and increase the appearance of fine lines on your skin. The appearance of furrows is a result of facial expression too.
Treatments for Facial Wrinkles
In this day and age, there are many types of treatments available to treat skin wrinkles. In some cases, you can look 3 to 7 years younger. Here are some of the most popular treatment options for wrinkle treatment.
Medication: Topical medications have proven to be effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol, vitamin C, hydroxy acid and collagen rich topical applications can significantly reduce fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin.
Cosmetic procedures: A number of cosmetic approaches can minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Plus, it improves the overall texture of your facial skin. Most of the cosmetic surgeries are designed to treat the wrinkles by tightening the skin. Botox, chemical peels and skin fillers are other medical treatments for minimizing facial wrinkles. These treatments, however, can put the wrinkles off for a short period of time unlike many other cosmetic surgeries like laser therapy and dermabrasion that offer long-term and permanent skin tightening effects.
Always Consult with a Medical Professional
If you are considering any medical procedure to treat wrinkles, always talk to a board-certified cosmetic doctor like Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS. This best assures you receive the appropriate, safe care. Best of all, at Robinson Cosmetic Surgery, your cosmetic consultation is always free or charge.