Wrinkles are formed as the skin begins to lose its texture, tone, and moisture. As a person ages, the body's ability to produce sufficient amounts of elastin and collagen decreases causing the skin to sag and develop fine lines. As time passes, the wrinkles can become more pronounced, eventually becoming creases. Constant exposure to the sun’s rays and environmental contaminants dry out the skin and cause the collagen fibers to break down at a much faster rate. This speeds up the signs of aging, causing wrinkles to form much sooner than if the skin hadn’t been exposed to the elements.
Depending on the type of wrinkle reduction procedure being used, the results are rarely permanent. Botox, dermal fillers, and laser rejuvenation techniques may last several months or even a few years, but the skin will eventually begin to show renewed signs of aging. Surgical facelifts and other cosmetic procedures normally offer the longest-lasting results, but the potential risk of complications will often dissuade individuals from pursuing those options. Cosmetic wrinkle reduction procedures that involve the use of fillers and lasers have fewer side effects and offer fairly long-lasting results with minimal risk.
Individuals who have mild to moderate wrinkles are the best candidates for wrinkle reduction procedures. Those with severe wrinkles may undergo the procedure, too, but deeper facial creases may require numerous treatments in order to receive the desired results. Patients who still have moderate tone and texture to their skin will respond quite well to wrinkle reduction procedures because there’s still a solid foundation of collagen and elastin.
A good candidate is someone who doesn’t spend numerous hours in direct sunlight and isn’t exposed to an excessive amount of environmental contaminants. Wrinkle reduction procedures are not for everyone, but they’re an excellent option for individuals who prefer to avoid a surgical procedure. If you’d like to discuss wrinkle reduction, make an appointment with our physician.
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