Did you know that your skin has memory? It remembers all the times you’ve smiled, frowned, laughed, squinted, or simply scrunched your nose! When you’re young, with the help of collagen, your face accepts the many expressions you make each day. However, as you age, collagen loss leads to reduced elasticity, a lack of moisture, and a lack of volume. Aging skin and many years of repeated expressions combine to form permanent lines, wrinkles that echo your face’s movements over the years. There are many types of facial wrinkles, but luckily, there are also many fillers and neurotoxins designed to reduce their appearance.
Types of Facial Wrinkles
Frown Lines: Frown lines form between the brows. When we frown, the skin between our brows folds, forming wrinkles, and these wrinkles may become permanent after many years of frowning.
Bunny Lines: Bunny lines are wrinkles that form at the bridge of the nose when someone repeatedly scrunches their nose. Despite their adorable name, many people feel that bunny lines make them look and feel older than they are.
Crow’s Feet: Also known by the kinder names smile lines and laugh lines, crow’s feet are deep wrinkles that form at the corners of the eyes. They form as we age due to repeated squinting and smiling.
Expression Wrinkles: Expression wrinkles encompass a wide range of wrinkles that form as we repeatedly make the same facial expressions over and over again.
Accordion Lines: Accordion lines form around the mouth due to repeated laughing and smiling. They are deep lines on the lower half of the face, extending out from the mouth.
Treating Facial Wrinkles
We are able to treat facial wrinkles using neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. Injected into the muscles, relaxing and elongating them, neurotoxins help the wrinkles stretch out and form a smoother and more youthful appearance. When properly applied, they can softly erase your bunny lines, crow’s feet, and more. Although these remedies are not permanent, they will last three to four months.
Note: Neurotoxins should not be used in people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurodegenerative or autoimmune disease.
Fillers are another option, restoring volume loss, filling in hollows, and subtly erasing the appearance of wrinkles. Traditional fillers (soft liquids and gels) and collagen stimulators can both be injected directly into the dermis or subcutaneous layers of the skin. Traditional fillers will plump up the area, filling it out and reducing imperfections. Collagen stimulators, on the other hand, will replace lost collagen and provide a framework to hold hyaluronic acid (which attracts water molecules, restoring skin moisture) and elastin (which helps skin stretch). Some of your options include Radiesse®, Belotero Balance®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, and Sculptra®. To learn more about these fillers, please click here.
If you’re interested in receiving a neurotoxin or filler treatment to reduce the appearance of your facial wrinkles, please contact DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic. Based in Springfield, Missouri, our experienced and dedicated staff would be happy to help you soften the aging process. To get started, simply give us a call at 417-447-7777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.