One of the first visible signs of aging is the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases in the skin. Wrinkles are caused by a number of factors including: genetics, lifestyle, cumulative sun exposure, and repeated facial movements (frowning, smiling, squinting), which ultimately lead to loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin.
There are two types of wrinkles:
Dynamic wrinkles are those which occur when muscles contract to form facial expressions. For example, smiling may cause wrinkles around the eye (crow’s feet), while frowning may result in vertical lines between the eyebrows.
Static wrinkles are those that are always visible regardless of muscle activity, and appear to be “etched” into the skin. They may appear in areas where repeated muscle activity has occurred, or where skin has lost collagen or been affected by gravity. Some examples of static wrinkles include: horizontal lines across the forehead, vertical lip lines, and smile lines (running along the cheek).
Left untreated, dynamic wrinkles will turn into static wrinkles which will deepen and become more prominent over time.
Facial lines and wrinkles are some of the most common cosmetic concerns. Fortunately there are a number of solutions available, such as wrinkle fillers, that will help diminish them, restoring a more refreshed and youthful appearance to the skin.