Lines and facial wrinkles plague many of us as we age – this is due to the ligaments around the mouth and chin loosening over time, which causes fatty tissues in the cheek to sag.
The development facial lines – or nasolabial folds – can be determined by a number of factors. Elie Levine, MD, a New York City plastic surgeon explains:
“If you look at your mom, dad, or older sibling and they have them, there is a great chance you will also develop them. Secondary factors that can lead to deep puppet lines include loss of collagen and elastin (the building blocks of the skin), weight fluctuations, smoking, and sun exposure.”
While there’s nothing you can do to stop the years from rolling on, there are things you can do to help reduce the signs of aging.
Preventing Facial Wrinkles in Your 30s and 40s
You could be suitable to use filler like Juvederm or Restylane. This needle free treatments use nanotechnology and hydraulic acid to help the filler penetrate the skin. The procedure pushes up and supports the folds that create deep lines and the results last around 12 – 18 months.
Preventing Facial Wrinkles in Your 40s and 50s
Botox is a popular treatment used by many to help prevent facial wrinkles. The active ingredient, botulinum toxin, works by relaxing the muscles around the mouth, which in turn reduces the appearance of deep lines.
Dealing Facial Wrinkles in Your 60s and Beyond
If you’ve already developed deep facial wrinkles you’re best option could be cosmetic surgery or dermatology procedures. Many see good results from a facelift or neck-lift. Others opt for Laser skin treatments, which can remove fine lines and tighten the skin.
What You Can Do at Home To Prevent Facial Wrinkles
The best treatment is always preventative, so it’s important to take care of your skin at all times. That simply means protecting your skin from the sun, and maintaining a balanced diet.
Try eating food rich in antioxidants such as berries, broccoli and carrots. These super-foods help the collagen and elastin below the surface of the skin stay healthy and supple.
Maintaing a healthy weight is also important. Most people are aware that significant weight shifts can cause stretchmarks, and this can also happen around the face and neck. It’s also best to be a non-smoker, as the smoke can destroy collagen and elastin in the skin. Retinoid cream can help too. Levine said:
“Retinol slowly thickens the deeper layers of the skin, while thinning out the superficial layers. This softens fine marionette lines, making the skin look more youthful.”
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