We all gradually develop wrinkles due to the natural aging process. Facial lines and wrinkles appear as we lose collagen and elastin, the support structures of the skin. These structural fibers gradually break down due to repetitive facial movement, pollution, smoking, and normal aging. Prolonged sun exposure is also a major cause of facial wrinkles. Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight hastens the breakdown of components vital to healthy, beautiful skin. When it comes to wrinkles, the Long Beach area's Patient Preferred Dermatology offers solutions for smoothing out the skin, no matter the cause.
When we do start to see lines and wrinkles appear, they most commonly show between the eyebrows (due to squinting and frowning), around the eyes (known as crow's feet), and on the lower face around the mouth (because of this area's constant motion and expressions). Lines also form elsewhere on the face, as well as on the neck, chest, and hands. Patients are typically delighted to learn how quick and easy these treatments are and are often even happier with their results.
If you are bothered by signs of aging, prevention is the best line of defense. Using a sunscreen daily will help. That said, these facial lines—from fine to deep—are seemingly inevitable. Fortunately, there are also many treatment options to reduce lines, which include:
It is important to consult with a dermatology practice's cosmetic team to learn the best treatments for various wrinkles. In the Long Beach area, the experts at Patient Preferred Dermatology help patients minimize and prevent wrinkles every day.
There are two specific forms of wrinkles. Each form requires unique treatments:
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Some wrinkles, such as the forehead lines and crow's feet mentioned above, form primarily due to repetitive muscle movement. Constant motion applied over years to a small area of the skin will eventually etch lines that become increasingly visible. For these dynamic wrinkles, the most effective treatment is BOTOX® injections. BOTOX® relaxes and prevents the muscles from pulling the skin, keeping wrinkles at bay for many months at a time.
Lines that form primarily due to loss of skin structure and volume are known as static wrinkles. These lines are mainly due to natural aging and environmental factors, which damage once-smooth skin. Fine lines may be removed, along with the aged, outer layer of skin, by laser resurfacing or a chemical peel. Deeper creases, however, typically require a filler. These creases are best smoothed out by reintroducing volume into the skin via an injectable filler or by stimulating new collagen growth. Many fillers consist of a formula based on hyaluronic acid, a molecule that is able to hold onto water. In the skin, hyaluronic acid keeps everything moist and pliant.
Since wrinkles have a variety of unique causes and every patient has individual goals for smoothing them out, there is no set treatment or series of treatments that works for every man or woman. Sometimes several different procedures are recommended to address the various types of lines present. The Patient Preferred Dermatology team is adept at assessing each patient and coordinating treatments that will achieve the optimal result.
* individual results may vary