What Causes Wrinkles To Form?
Wrinkles, fine lines, creases, crows feet – these are all signs of ageing that appear on the face and body as our skin gets thinner, loses elasticity and takes longer to rejuvenate after sun exposure. Improvements in anti wrinkle injections have made it possible for more women to reduce the signs of ageing in an affordable and less invasive manner than having a face lift.
Factors that can speed up or exacerbate the signs of ageing include
- Smoking – Smoking reduces blood flow to the surface of the skin and introduces a range of free radicals.
- Sun exposure or UV exposure in tanning booths – UV light actually breaks the skin down and affects its collagen and elastin production, making it more susceptible to wrinkles and less likely to recover as the skin is weakened and less flexible.
- Certain medication and alcohol – Alcohol is also dehydrating, and dilates the blood vessels, which can lead to a ruddy or red appearance. Certain medications may also dry the skin out, making it more susceptible to wrinkles.
How to Get Rid of Wrinkles? – Making Lifestyle Changes
Wrinkles, deeper lines and creases form in the areas where our faces convey expressions because every time a facial muscle is utilised, a groove forms under the skin. They also develop much faster in the areas that receive regular sunlight, so it’s important to cover up areas like your face, neck, decolletage and upper arms and to use sunscreen throughout the day.
Quitting smoking poses a number of health benefits, including making an improvement to the quality of your skin. Reducing or eliminating your alcohol intake would also have a positive benefit for your skin quality and moisture levels. Drink more water and less coffee to help your skin stay hydrated and include plenty of antioxidants in your diet.
Remember also that you must get enough rest every day to give your skin enough time to recover. Following a cleansing routine and applying a rich moisturiser before bed can keep your skin supple. Also consider sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side can cause wrinkles to be exaggerated between your face and pillow.
Daily exercise is great for circulation and for giving your skin a natural glow.
Non-surgical Treatments To Prevent Wrinkles
Dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections
Dermal fillers are soft, gel-like substances (usually hyaluronic acid, collagen or fat) that are injected into the skin, to plump it up and increase facial volume, or to iron out wrinkles and creases. They last for a few months before they are reabsorbed by the body.
Fillers and anti wrinkle injections can be used for superficial, moderate and deep lines although they tend to be used quite often on the upper part of the face, around the eyes and cheekbones.
Using your own body fat for anti wrinkle injections
If you would like a longer-lasting effect you may want to consider using your own body fat as a dermal filler. It is ideal for creating volume in larger areas, more cost-effective than purchasing fillers and available in abundant supply.
Chemical peels to prevent wrinkles
Chemical peels can be used to treat almost any skin concern on the face or body, and are available from light to deep penetration. Peels are used for the treatment of dark spots, acne, scarring, uneven pigmentation and blemishes caused by hormonal changes, freckles, wrinkles and fine lines and sun damaged skin.
The peel is applied to the surface of your skin and sloughs away dead, old skin cells and reveals fresh, smoother skin underneath.
It is possible to relax the muscles in your face using anti wrinkle injections. In doing this, you soften the depth of the lines and their effect on your face.
Surgical Treatments For The Prevention Of Wrinkles
Fillers and the effects of chemical peels are not permanent so if you would like to prevent wrinkles for good, a face lift would be a longer-lasting treatment. Working with a skilled surgeon ensures a natural final result, regardless of the number of incisions that need to be made.
It is possible to have a full-, lower-, mid-face or neck lift. An S lift procedure is becoming very popular because it has what is called a lower scar burden and is considered less invasive than the other procedures mentioned above. As a cosmetic surgery procedure, a face lift is relatively quick and may be completed in one to two hours and is performed under mild sedation.
What’s The Best Course Of Treatment To Prevent Wrinkles?
Having a confidential conversation with your plastic surgeon is always a good place to start. During the consult your surgeon can assess your skin and make individualised recommendations based on your personal needs.
Would you like a customised approach to how to get rid of wrinkles? We’d love to assist you in achieving your skin goals. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 9158 6375.