LOOK YOUNG FOR YOUR AGE 2013-11-19
One day you looked in the mirror and studied those lines that furrowed your brow, and you wondered: Where did they come from? Is it just aging? Too much sun? Too much stress? In general, how skin ages and wrinkles is a complex process. It isn't just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, damage caused by free radicals, and so on; it's a combination of many factors.
The Anatomy of a Wrinkle
Lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement over time. You may have heard the expression "wearing your emotions on your sleeve," but in reality you wear them on your face. If you're angry or annoyed, for example, you knit your brows together. Underneath your skin, your facial muscles contract, cause a pleating of the overlying skin, and then, as anyone can see, you're frowning. After years of crinkling and wrinkling, those lines start to linger longer and can become more pronounced. For women, whose faces tend to be more animated than men's, and whose skin is typically more delicate, these lines may appear exaggerated and more permanent. Sagging skin can start to appear along the jaw line, nose to mouth folds and mouth corners as early as the mid-30's. Volume loss occurs at a rate of about a 1 teaspoon loss every 5 years and includes a combination of bone, fat, and muscle tissue losses. Over time, this can result in a sunken, sad and drawn look to the face which can affect our perception of ourselves. Facial expressions may not match how you really feel. For instance, down-turning mouth corners may give you the appearance that you're frowning or angry when you don't feel that way at all. Fortunately, there are safe, effective and affordable ways to temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines and improve sagging skin. Often, these can be done over a lunch break.
For the upper face, treatments like Botox® or the newer Xeomin® can visibly relax, smooth and soften moderate to severe lines in the forehead, crow's feet and between your brows. Improvements are typically seen within days and may last up to 4 months, although results may vary. Clinical trials show that after 1 month 90% of men and women rated an improvement in their wrinkles as moderate or better. A couple of recent studies have even indicated that Botox® may improve mood. In a Welsh experiment, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, patients who received Botox® experienced a notable difference between their depression, anxiety and irritability scores and compared to those in the non-Botox® group. The study author and psychology professor suspects there is a direct influence of face muscles on the brain, in this case a positive responsive correlating with improved mood.
Sagging skin in the mid and lower face can be improved with dermal filler application. There are a variety of products available which can be used to improve this aging process. Popular ones include: Restylane®, the newly released Juvederm Voluma®, and Radiesse®. The purpose of dermal fillers is essentially to "fill" a specific part of the face. Over time the natural collagen and hyaluronic acid in the face gradually disappears. This causes the face to sag and have a 'sunk in' appearance. The dermal filler is injected into the sunken areas to fill them up again, pushing wrinkles out from the inside. It can also assist in replacing any moisture lost over the years, making the skin glow and regain a fresher look.
For the best results, trust your care to a medical practice that specializes in cosmetic medicine, and understand, it is never too late to start improving of the aging process. You can look "young for your age" by taking a few simple steps along the way
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