Aging is a natural process in the body that may have side effects many people do not enjoy. One of the many signs of aging are wrinkles and lines that can occur in different areas of the face. Dynamic lines are those which result from the expressions we make and the contraction of the underlying muscles involved. The expressions we make every day, such as a smile or a frown, can cause the depressor muscles to contract. The contracting of the muscle can cause scowl lines over time. Crow’s feet are also caused by muscle contractions that are smaller and leave lines.
Static wrinkles are the folds and lines that are not associated with expressions. These can be seen when the face is at rest. These result when the natural collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in our skin diminish. There are a variety of treatments that can be used to improve both dynamic and static wrinkles to improve aging signs and restore a more youthful appearance.
Banish Expression Lines with Neuromodulators
Neuromodulators can help reduce the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions over time, or dynamic wrinkles. Examples of neuromodulators are Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. These substances are injected into the facial muscles where the unwanted lines occur. The highly purified proteins will make the muscles relax by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles that are causing them to contract. These Neuromodulators can be used to treat crow’s feet and frown lines, raise up lateral eyebrows, lift up the corners of the mouth, reduce chin dimples, and reduce turkey bands under the neck area. Another benefit of the protein is that it can prevent and stop sweating under the arms. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are injected in a simple, painless procedure with results lasting three to four months on average.
Plump Static Wrinkles with Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers can also improve wrinkles to make the skin appear more youthful, but they are used to treat static wrinkles. Volume can be restored and signs of wrinkles and fine lines can be improved. Filling agents are injected into the skin with a minimal amount of discomfort with immediate results that generally last six months to a year or longer. Juvederm is one option that can contour defects in the skin and even make certain areas fuller. Different filler options are available and each person and the area being corrected may influence which filler is needed.
Juvederm is a gel that is smooth and can be injected into the skin to easily and naturally smooth out wrinkles and folds with its composite of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm is great to fill areas near the nose and mouth. There are different forms of Juvederm which can be used such as Juvederm Ultra which can help volumize and contour wrinkles or folds. Juvederm Ultra Plus is a more robust formula of Juvederm which can assist in deeper wrinkles and folds that need to be eliminated. Results can last up to 8 months after just one treatment is administered.
If a very robust tissue filler is desired to lift areas of the face such as the cheeks and jowls Juvederm Voluma can be utilized. This filler is just as safe as the other versions, but can be placed near the bone to restore volume that has been lost. A very youthful appearance can results. This more intense filler can produce results that last up to two years.
Zap Static Wrinkles with Laser Energy
If the thought of injections and fillers is not appealing, there are other options. Laser resurfacing can have tremendous effects on static lines and wrinkles after only one treatment. Laser resurfacing can treat wrinkles and fine lines that result from the sun and aging. Laser technology is safe and very precise. This allows it to be used on many areas of the face. Since the laser is versatile, it could also be used to target areas on the neck, chest, and hands which injections and fillers cannot always do effectively. Fractional CO2 resurfacing can be performed while under a local anesthetic in a physician’s office. The outer surface layer of the skin is treated as well as the deep dermis layer. The damaged skin is removed utilizing pulses of light from the laser in a very precise and controlled method. The lasers stimulate the natural healing process of the body so that new, fresh skin cells will develop and replace the old. The new skin will be elastic and have collagen that creates a youthful and healthy glow. The laser can assist in treating sun spots, wrinkles, skin texture problems, and redness. The recovery time for the laser treatment is longer than Botox and Juvederm, but within ten days the patient can resume regular activities.
There are numerous options to help you have a healthy and glowing look. Preventing aging can be very easy with Dr. Diane Walder’s help. She can develop a treatment plan that works best for your skin type and problems to prevent any signs of aging. Contact dermatology expert Dr. Diane Walder for a consultation at 305-866-2177 today.