Aging is inevitable, and sooner or later we will all have lines and wrinkles – common rites of the aging passage. There are many cosmetic and surgical options available to address wrinkles and lines, such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, FotoFacials, Botox, facial fillers, temporal lifts and facelifts. Knowledge is power, so it may be helpful to have some simple information about wrinkles and lines before you decide on one of Dr. Thompson’s treatment options.
Lines are finer than wrinkles and are a result of repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning or squinting. Fine lines do not usually form in younger people because they still have sufficient amounts of the essential proteins collagen and elastin to help their skin snap back into place. Wrinkles are much thicker, deeper and are more noticeable than lines. Often, they are a result of long periods of unprotected sun exposure. And, unfortunately, it’s very common for a fine line to eventually turn into a wrinkle.
- Wrinkles begin with a significant reduction in the levels of collagen and elastin which is produced by your skin. These naturally occurring proteins are responsible for supporting your skin but unfortunately, they decrease with age. Additionally, the other supporting structures of your skin – the ligaments, muscles and bones – weaken with time making your skin loose and prone to sagging.
- Wrinkle formation is further exacerbated by ultraviolet radiation from years of cumulative exposure to the sun. Other factors that can influence the creation of facial lines and wrinkles are nutritional deficiencies, extreme weight loss, genetics, dry climates and frequent muscle contractions.
Aging is a given, but there are things you can do to slow its signs. Call for a consultation appointment with Dr. Thompson, today. Spring is just around the corner, and you owe it to yourself to look your best: (801) 776- 2220.