What are the most common signs of aging skin?
Wrinkles are the lines, folds, and creases that form in your skin over time. The first noticeable signs of fine lines and wrinkles usually develop where your skin is the thinnest and least elastic. Since we all age differently, not everyone will experience the same signs of aging. These are some of the signs of aging skin:
- Fine lines around the eyes, commonly called crow’s feet
- Wrinkles on the forehead or small, vertical lines between the brows
- Dull, dry skin
- Wrinkles around the mouth, known as nasolabial folds
- Dark spots
- Loss of facial volume
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What causes fine lines and wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused by a variety of factors. Some of these factors are related to your lifestyle and are within your control, but others are not. These are the most common causes of wrinkles and fine lines:
Aging: Wrinkles naturally occur as you get older. Over time, your skin produces less collagen, a protein that gives skin elasticity, shape, and firmness. Decreased collagen production causes wrinkles and fine lines as the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic.
Repeated facial expressions: Every time you make a facial expression, such as smiling, frowning, or squinting, your facial muscles contract. Over time, skin loses its flexibility and the ability to spring back into place after each muscle contraction, causing lines and wrinkles to form.
Sun exposure: Frequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is the main cause of premature aging. UV rays from the sun damage the collagen and elastin fibers, which are important parts of your skin’s connective tissue. As skin loses its strength and elasticity, the skin wrinkles and sags prematurely.
Smoking: The harmful chemicals in tobacco accelerate the aging process by reducing the skin’s ability to produce collagen. This leads to wrinkles and affects the skin’s elasticity and texture.
Fine lines and wrinkles treatment options
Our board-certified dermatologists can recommend a variety of fine lines and wrinkles therapies to smooth your skin and boost your confidence. Your dermatologist may recommend a combination of treatments to provide you with the most effective results.
Medications: Topical medications containing retinoids are the best prescription to treat fine lines. A derivative of vitamin A, retinoids minimize fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production and increasing cell turnover. With regular use, retinoids can also soften rough patches of skin and fade age spots.
Chemical Peels: A chemical peel is a highly effective, non-invasive option designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimize the appearance of dark spots. During a chemical peel, your skincare specialist applies a chemical solution to the skin that causes it to blister and peel. Collagen production increases as your skin heals, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion with fewer lines and wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that uses microcrystals to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. With several treatments, microdermabrasion gently exfoliates to rejuvenate your skin’s appearance, revealing smoother, brighter-looking skin.
Laser Resurfacing: Our board-certified dermatologists also provide laser resurfacing treatments to treat fine lines and wrinkles and tighten and firm the skin. Laser treatments work by encouraging the production of collagen, which plumps your skin.
BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX Cosmetic is an injectable treatment derived from the botulinum toxin. It works by blocking the chemical signals that cause your facial muscles to contract. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing the facial muscles. BOTOX Cosmetic can temporarily reverse fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, across the forehead, and corners of the eyes.
Fillers: Dermal fillers work by filling lines and creases to smooth the skin and restore lost volume to your face, lips, or hands. Juvederm® and Restylane® are popular dermal fillers that are made from hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin look plump and hydrated.
Photodynamic Therapy: Photodynamic therapy reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage. It’s a light-based treatment that only targets damaged skin, leaving healthy skin unharmed. Treatment can improve sun damage, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and tighten and firm your skin.
Facelift: A facelift is a surgical procedure in which excess, sagging skin is removed from the face and neck and the underlying muscle and facial tissues are tightened. After your skin heals, a facelift will reveal lifted and tightened skin and smooth skin free from deep lines and wrinkles.
If fine lines and wrinkles are making you look older and affecting your self-esteem, contact the skincare experts at Forefront Dermatology for a customized, dermatologist-recommended treatment for fine lines.
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