The face conveys a lot of information. The different muscles in the face contract to create different expressions depending on if you are smiling or if you are angry or concerned about something. When the skin is young and healthy, the facial skin snaps back to normal after the motion has passed. Overtime, however, fine lines, creases and wrinkles deepen and become permanent. As the lines and wrinkles become deep and permanent, these facial features simply make you look older or tired or angry.
Facial ageing is a complex phenomenon which happens at all levels of the body from superficial skin to deep fat pads to deepest level in the bony skeleton. The first signs of facial ageing start to become apparent from around the age of 25. A youthful face represents the point in time when skeletal proportions are ideal for the overlying soft tissues. The ageing of the bony skeleton starts from the age of 20-25 years and initially manifests as resorption of the bone in the area of maxilla (upper lip) and orbits (eyes and surroundings). The bony resorption removes the support for skin and the fat pads resulting in laxity of cheek fat pads and the overlying skin which sags down due to the effect of gravity. This results in hollowing in the area below the eyes, and formation of prominent skin folds on the side of the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds).
Is it possible to get rid of wrinkles permanently?
Well, there is no way to get rid of wrinkles permanently but they can be softened and their progression can be slowed down in different ways to delay the formation of deep wrinkles and creases.
The best way of reducing wrinkles or delaying the formation of wrinkles is by acting early and starting caring for your skin early in life.
The first step in looking after your skin to delay the signs of ageing is to use sunscreen on a regular basis. Most of the ageing of facial skin happens due to exposure to Ultraviolet light from the sun. Sunscreen is the best cosmetic a person can wear to preserve the youthful appearance of the skin.
Moisturising creams reduce the loss of humidity from the skin surface by deposition of an oil film, to reduce evaporation of water from the largest organ of the body which is skin, and thus helps to minimise the appearance of fine wrinkles. Fine wrinkles are more visible when the skin is excessively dry.
Regular use of Vitamin A and vitamin C based creams rejuvenates the skin and delays the signs of ageing. Vitamin A based creams help by creating peeling of the superficial cells of the skin which in turn triggers formation of new skin cells. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it works by reducing the number of sunburnt cells which appear after exposure to ultraviolet radiations.
In addition to the use of various creams, the next step to delay the formation of wrinkles is by relaxing the underlying facial muscles. Anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin injections work by blocking the connection between nerves and muscles, and can be used to relax the muscle in the forehead area, frowning muscles, muscles around the eyes or the muscles in the neck or around the mouth. As the skin is a dynamic organ, the skin over the relaxed muscle groups start to recover from the crimpling effect of these muscles. Thus, regular use of antiwrinkle botulinum toxin injections over a period of a few years time improves the fine line and delays the formation of deep lines and wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin injections not only help you look better, they work like a prophylactic medication for ageing. Many people begin having their first treatments in their late twenties or early thirties. By starting at this age, you can delay the first lines from appearing, and thus making the treatment and outcome more effective.
Some people who could benefit from these treatments remain hesitant about these cosmetic procedures. They want to know whether anti-wrinkle injections are safe or not. Anti-wrinkle injections are one of the safest procedures available. And the safety improves significantly if the injections are done by doctors who have a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and clinical skills of providing the skin treatment for years.
How to get rid of deep forehead wrinkles?
Forehead lines are known as lines of attentiveness or listening or lines of sympathy. These lines develop from all those years of care or listening over a period of time and imprints on the forehead as deep forehead lines..
Forehead lines can be classified into two groups called dynamic lines and static lines.
Dynamic forehead lines means the lines are superficial, they get prominent when you are contracting the underlying muscles and they disappear when the expression is gone.
Static lines are more like deep and permanent lines which have imprinted deeply on the skin due to years of muscle contraction and also due to degeneration of the underlying supporting fat pads and bony skeleton.
Forehead lines are due to contraction of the muscle called ‘Frontalis’. When the forehead wrinkles are dynamic, they can be easily treated with the use of anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin injections. Anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin injections work by blocking the connection between nerves and muscles, and can be used to relax the muscle in the forehead area. Regular use of antiwrinkle botulinum toxin injections every 3-4 months, for a few years, can let the skin recover and improves the fine line and delays the formation of deep lines and wrinkles.
The deep forehead lines are hard to treat just with the anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin injections. The deep lines usually need replacement of the lost volume to compensate for the lost fat pads and bone. This can be achieved with the use of synthetic gels called dermal filler injections. Forehead recontouring to improve the deep wrinkles and the concavities in the forehead can be done with a few different techniques. These methods are highly effective when done by skilled physicians.
In addition to improving the dynamic lines with botulinum toxin and deep lines with the hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, the signs of ageing of the skin can also be improved with other rejuvenation methods like fractional laser resurfacing, use of radiofrequency microneedling and Intense pulsed light. Facial ageing is a complex phenomenon, and it often needs a combination of different treatment methods to improve all the signs of ageing.
IPL or Intense pulsed light creates a significant improvement of other photoaging features, such as redness, prominent capillaries and veins and dyspigmentation or irregular pigmentation. Fractional ablative resurfacing with Co2 lasers produces excellent results in the quality of skin, fine and deep lines, surgical scars, acne scars and the treatment of photodamaged skin with a minimal risk of long term side effects.
Radiofrequency microneedling works by selectively delivering radiofrequency energy with microneedles to create a deep remodelling of the skin. This treatment triggers formation of collagen in deeper layers of skin to improve skin tightening. It is a relatively non-invasive treatment to deliver heat to the target tissues while the outer layer of the skin remains relatively intact. By formation of new collagen, this treatment improves textural irregularities such as fine lines, atrophic scars, skin wrinkling and sagging.
At our clinic, Elixir @ Hunter skin cancer clinic, we provide various forms of skin rejuvenation treatments to improve the wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. Whether you are looking for anti wrinkle injection Newcastle or Mainland, we are here to help you. If you have any concerns or if you want to discuss more about your concerns for wrinkles, please call our friendly staff to book a cosmetic consultation.