Life is full of smiles, frowns, surprises, and other expressions. After all, emotions are part of being who we are. The problem? Those same expressions tend to cause us some wrinkles along the way.
While it may not be possible to avoid wrinkles altogether, understanding what type of wrinkles you have is the first step towards treating them.
The Different Types of Wrinkles
Wrinkles can be categorized into two major segments – dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Each type has different root causes. Each wrinkle type also requires a different kind of treatment.
Unlike static wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles are formed through years of repetitive facial motions such as frowning, smiling, puckering of the lips, and squinting. Years of muscle movements under the skin naturally create this type of wrinkle. Dynamic wrinkles typically form in high-movement areas of the face specifically around the mouth, across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the corners of the eyes.
Formed because of a natural loss of tissue volume, static wrinkles are a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity. Collagen, in particular, is an essential protein that supports the overall framework of the skin. As a result of the natural facial aging process, your normal collagen production levels begin to dwindle, and your existing collagen also starts to break down. Folds and furrows begin to form as a result of the skin responding to everyday happenings including gravity and the reduction of collagen.
When Wrinkles Begin To Appear
For most, the static type of wrinkle shows up when we’re in our 30’s because while we’re making unconscious expressions, lines begin to form. Often, it’s the lines from our furrowed brows and squinting we notice first. These expressions lead to the first wrinkles appearing in the form of “concentration face,” aka crow’s feet, creating wrinkles on the lateral part of the eye and cheek area.
Your child’s perfectly smooth skin will have a better chance of staying that way into their adult years with help from proactive parents. You may not be able to turn back time, but you can set your child up for better skin. Sunburns and other skin damage from harmful UV rays are known to lead to skin complications later in life. Make sure your child wears sunscreen during any time spent outdoors.
In Your 20’s
The best way to treat wrinkles is to prevent them. You may see a few dynamic wrinkles at this point, but even if you don’t, prevention is critical. Start with a concerted effort to prevent and reverse sun damage by using a moisturizer each morning that contains SPF. It is also recommended to use a retinoid product at night to increase your cell turnover and help your skin heal.
In Your 30’s and Up
If you’re looking in the mirror feeling like it’s too late to correct your existing wrinkles, it’s not! Again, prevention is key in your 30’s to keep new lines from forming.
- Wear sunscreen that contains SPF daily.
- Avoid sunburns at all costs.
- Use a retinoid product at night to allow the serum or cream to penetrate deep layers of your skin.
- Consider treatment for your static wrinkles. Many different treatment options are effective for both younger and older skin types, depending on their specific treatment area.
Botox For Wrinkles
Botox is one of the most frequent treatments people choose for correcting wrinkles. This very effective treatment option is ideal for wrinkles around the eyes or between the eyebrows. Botox is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments in the United States today, and it’s easy to see why. Results show quickly, there is no required downtime for treatments, and you will be able to achieve your desired results – smooth, youthful skin.
Take the steps necessary to prevent sun damage and reverse the damage done already by treating your wrinkles. Radiance Skincare & Laser Medspa will help you in determining if Botox is the right option for you. Call today to schedule your free consultation appointment and be one step closer to a wrinkle-free you.