Can I stop the fine lines on my face

turning into deep wrinkles?

Will the fine lines on our faces deepen to become noticeable wrinkles? None of us know for sure, so we may decide that prevention now is better than a future cure. If we do, we need to investigate whether anti-wrinkle treatments are the right course of action for us. That’s the time when a consultation with a qualified aesthetics professional would be a great help. An aesthetics practitioner will look at your skin routines, the efficiency and strength of the products you use, your lifestyle and diet, and what you want to achieve from any treatment you may choose. You’ll also be briefed on the range of anti-wrinkle treatments available and be advised on the best options for your skin and your situation.

Which sites on the face commonly develop lines and wrinkles?

Eyes – Crow’s feet at the corners and glabellar lines, that distinctive vertical 11, between the eyes. Crow’s feet are often called laughter lines and glabellar lines are often called frown lines. They develop when we frown to concentrate or squint to see something clearly.

Forehead – Lines across the forehead occur when our face moves to show emotion. We lift our eyebrows up in surprise, or when we look up. The muscle controlling those actions, the frontalis, sits under the skin of the forehead which creases when it moves.

Mouth – The creases between the nose and the corners of the mouth deepen as we age and gravity takes its toll on us, and we can also go on to develop vertical lines between the mouth and the chin called marionette lines. It’s worth noting that lines also often develop on the neck as we age, so our skin routines should always include the neck.

Why does our skin wrinkle as we get older?

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity because the amount of collagen and elastin in it drops. This is especially true during and after menopause. Those substances make our skin resilient and help to keep it hydrated. The drier and less resilient our skin is, the more likely it is to form lines and wrinkles as our facial muscles move.

How can I change my lifestyle to help combat wrinkles?

You can eat a diet packed full of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 oils, which gives your skin the building blocks to renew itself. Vitamin C is especially important for skin as it has antioxidants which combat the damage caused by free radicals.

Keeping hydrated is important too, so ensure you drink between six or eight glasses of water a day. Avoid excessive alcohol, excessive caffeine, smoking and sleepless night. Use an SFP 30 to 50 sunscreen every day. UVA rays are the main cause of ageing causing lines and wrinkles and also various skin cancers.

How do anti-wrinkle treatments work?

Lines happen because of years of muscle movement in our face. Anti-wrinkle treatments can relax the muscles of the face, stopping that process for a time and helping to soften existing lines. The effects develop from a few days to 21 days after treatment. Some can also smooth out existing wrinkles by plumping up the skin, making them appear less deep. The effects can be seen instantly. The treatments generally last for between three to six months, or between six and 18 months depending on the type of treatment and strength used. Their effects fade gradually.

Anti-wrinkle treatments have been used safely in the UK for more than 20 years and patients report very little discomfort. There is no downtime for these treatments, and you’ll be able to work and drive immediately after having them.

Are there some people who should not have anti-wrinkle treatments?

Yes, you should not have them if you’ve previously had an allergic reaction to them, you have an infection on your skin, you have chronic muscles diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert syndrome, or if you’re under 18, or if you’re pregnant or breast feeding.

So, make an informed choice. Book an in-depth consultation with an aesthetics practitioner to ensure you understand all the anti-wrinkle treatment options. You can book a consultation by calling 07766575653