Lines and wrinkles are a common sign of ageing skin. Understanding why we develop wrinkles as we age can help us to find ways of preventing them, but we can also use Botox, wrinkle fillers and other treatments to get rid of lines that are already present.
How Fine Lines Becomes Permanent Wrinkles
Fine lines are among the earliest signs of ageing. Most of us will begin to notice them during our 30s, although they can sometimes become visible earlier. Fine lines usually appear in parts of the face that move a lot. When you pull certain expressions, the surrounding skin moves and creases. Young skin rebounds instantly, so the creases disappear as soon as you change your expression. As our skin gets older, the creases remain visible for longer and eventually form permanent wrinkles. You might end up with laughter lines around your mouth or thoughtful lines between your brows.
Why Do Wrinkles Become Permanent?
Expression lines form in the areas where skin has been creased over and over again for many years, but they aren’t just the result of these movements. As our skin gets older it also loses its elasticity and becomes less flexible. The structure of our skin changes because we don’t produce as much of the collagen and elastin that supports it. The skin isn’t able to bounce back after it creases, so expression lines become deeper and more permanent. Wrinkles can also form in the surrounding skin because of these changes. The skin becomes looser and starts to sag, which can create more lines and wrinkles.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
The skin changes that cause wrinkles are an inevitable part of the ageing process, but there are some steps you can take to delay and minimise the effects. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most effective ways to stop wrinkles. Suncream with an SPF of at least 15 can prevent UV light from breaking down the supportive collagen and elastin that keeps your skin youthful. Smoking can also damage your skin and make it look older, so giving it up could help to prevent wrinkles. Your skin will also look smoother when it is well hydrated, so make sure you are moisturising every day.
How to Get Rid of Wrinkles
You can still take action against lines and wrinkles after they have formed. Various treatments are available that can tackle wrinkles of different types and depths. Chemical peels can be effective against shallow wrinkles because they remove the older outer layer to reveal the smoother skin underneath. Botox can target expression lines by relaxing the surrounding muscles, which can reduce existing lines and prevent them from getting deeper. wrinkle fillers are a versatile treatment that can help with both fine lines and deeper wrinkles. Different types of wrinkle fillers are available that can smooth out shallow wrinkles or add more volume to fill in deep lines. Our experts at the Dermadoc clinics in Manchester and London can help you to find the treatment that suits your skin.