6 Things You Can Actually Do About Wrinkles

Lines and wrinkles can crop up almost anywhere on the face and occur from a multitude of reasons like squinting, smiling, internal inflammation or a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Either way, they can be smoothed out (your doctor should correct them according to what type of line or wrinkle they are) and made less noticeable.

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Soften Forehead Lines: Do it with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin

Lines that run across the forehead may be the bane of your existence—they give way to a weathered appearance—but they can easily be corrected with muscle-inhibiting Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. By limiting the movement of the muscles that cause horizontal lines, the lines and wrinkles are softened and made less noticeable. “The key to injecting this area is to maintain a natural look by not overinjecting, and by addressing the muscles involved in the lifting and pulling of the forehead,” says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. Some plastic surgeons choose to perform an endoscopic or coronal forehead lift if saggy, underlying muscles become problematic. “It usually depends on the degree of change for the desired brow positioning, the individual patient anatomy, and a concern about the longevity of the treatment option that necessitates this surgery versus just using neurotoxins,” he adds.
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Get Rid of Vertical Lines Around the Mouth: Do it with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing or Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

The skin around your mouth tends to be more delicate than other parts of your face (it’s not as fragile as around the eyes though) and often takes 
a beating. Years of pursing your lips, from drinking and eating as well as sun exposure and even smoking, causes tiny, yet hard-to-erase lines that become etched in—this is an area of the face where lifestyle choices show. While some doctors may reach for fillers, they may not completely erase the damage and the results are definitely not long-lasting (think 
a few months to one year at most). “For anything that has to do with 
texture on the surface of skin, lasers and microdermabrasion are the best options. They resurface damaged skin to reveal new, fresh skin,” says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Leslie H. Stevens, MD.
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SPF: The First Line of Defense

When preserving the integrity of your skin and reducing the incidence of wrinkles, sunscreen is definitely your go-to product. To really reap the benefits of an SPF, you have to wear one with at least a sun protection factor of 30 on a daily basis—not just when you’re at the pool or beach. A good SPF will block both UVA (those are the rays that age the skin) and UVB rays for full protection.

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Lighten Heavy Folds: Do It with Fillers or Fat

As volume is lost in the face, specifically in the lower cheeks down toward the outer corners of the nose and mouth, a heaviness can occur, causing deep shadowing around the mouth. To eliminate folds, fat deficient areas need to be restored. “Fat added to the cheeks and tear troughs can make nasolabial folds less prominent by volumizing and re-inflating the skin envelope,” says Scottsdale, AZ, plastic surgeon Geoffrey E. Leber, MD. Fillers achieve a similar effect by giving lift to the area, pushing folds up and back and so they are less pronounced. No matter which is used, it should be performed meticulously and judiciously to avoid an unnatural look according to Dr. Singer.
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Prevent Wrinkles: Do it With Retinoids

Prescription-strength retinoids are a must-have according to most doctors mainly because they help keep skin in tip-top condition. The healthier the skin is, the less apparent your lines and wrinkles are. Retinoids work to strengthen skin and boost the production of collagen. The more collagen there is, the less wrinkles and lines there will be.

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Stop Wrinkles from Forming: Do it by Cutting Out Sugar

When you eat foods with sugar (even natural sugar), the sugar molecules bind to collagen and elastin, and degrade faster than normal. This process, known as glycation produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that accumulate internally based on your sugar intake. The more AGEs in the body, the more damage that occurs. AGEs are also thought to make skin more susceptible to sun damage since naturally occurring antioxidants become less active.
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  • Anonymous
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    Prevention, prevention, prevention-magic words in the world of medicine including aesthetics. Your skin is the reflection of your lifestyle. It shows the signs of sun exposure, smoking, stress and dehydration. I often have an aesthetic consultation with my 20 year old patients about wrinkle prevention and treatment. Many exclaim that they will start thinking about skin rejuvenation when they are in their 30s or 40s. But why wait, when most of the sun damage has been done before we have turned 18. Fine lines may have already started to etch on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes. There are various measures to care for your skin. When someone is in their twenties daily SPF, a facial and an occasional series of chemical peels might be enough. Botox may be started when dynamic wrinkles are present, this treatment will prevent them from getting deeper. Maintenance of youthful appearance with fillers may be started in some in late 20s or early 30s. It is easier to preserve than to turn back the clock on the way you look.

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    Smooth skin starts with hydration, protection from the environmental damage, and repair using retinoid products. Many patients are getting great results with non-surgical enhancements using lasers, fillers, and botox. If the wrinkles are very deep or the skin is very lax, surgical lifting procedures can turn back the clock in a much more effective way.

  • Tina Boomerina
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    I can do everything except for cutting out sugar. I stopped going in the sun when I went punk in the 80s (in my 30s) so that helped. I had my face lasered to get rid of wrinkles and couldn't go outside without a hat. Now I'm a hat addict and that's the main thing that has saved my skin. I stopped smoking around the same time I gave up tanning. I'm not too freaking bad for a 61 yr old who doesn't do anything right. Well, living in Seattle is very hydrating. If I had a facelift I could pass for much younger, but I think I'll pass.

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    Lines and Wrinkles start to appear in the mid 20's - It's all depends on a series of factors for examples diet, environmental exposure, hydration, smoking, drinking, SPF, vitamin C usage, etc. The best one can do is prevent before problems become too prominent and you will need professional intervention - I normally recommend all patients to start with a Vitaminc C and form of Retin-a treatment - Incorporate DAILY SPF Usage and gradually adding more products as necessary - Let us not forget sensitive areas like the eyes and neck - The more you do now the less you will have to do later - If theres more severe damage, there are many ways to treat and nothing like a good chemical peel to get things started! As always follow @skincarexpert for more beauty tips and Happy 2014!