What causes wrinkles?
The wrinkles and fine lines that appear on your skin as you get older are the results of several combined factors, including natural changes, environmental influences, and the long-term effects of repeated facial muscle use.
Natural skin changes
As you age, shifting hormones cause your skin to lose some of its natural elasticity and become more delicate. At the same time, it’s affected by a decline in oil production, making it noticeably drier. As your skin becomes drier and less supple, it’s increasingly susceptible to wrinkling.
Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light breaks down the deep layers of connective tissue that help keep your skin flexible and strong, which is why wrinkles are often the first sign of sun damage.
Smoking, which decreases the oxygen-rich blood supply to your epidermis, is a highly controllable environmental factor that promotes active wrinkle formation.
Repeated facial patterns
Everyday facial expressions and routine muscle use from talking and chewing can cause skin tissue to sag. This will eventually lead to the formation of wrinkles and creases like crow’s feet and worry lines.
How can I diminish the appearance of wrinkles?
If you wish you could smooth out your wrinkles, or at least make them less noticeable, you have several treatment options.
Static wrinkles, or the lines and creases caused by hormones, genetics, long-term sun exposure, and chemical exposure, respond best to laser skin resurfacing – a non-invasive treatment that helps improve skin tone, texture, and elasticity.
Dynamic wrinkles, or the deeper lines caused by repeated facial muscle patterns, usually respond best to cosmetic injectables like Botox®. This safe and minimally-invasive product can give you smoother, younger-looking skin for several months.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Dr. Krishingner uses the state-of-the-art Icon™ laser by CynoSure® to reduce the appearance of static wrinkles. As the laser passes over the treatment area, it sends rapid-pulse columns of energy deep into the dermis of your skin to trigger collagen renewal and tighten underlying tissues.
Once your skin begins forming new, healthy tissue, you’ll see smoother, more youthful skin with fewer wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing also helps diminish the appearance of other common skin flaws, including age spots, acne scars, and large pores.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a natural, purified protein that reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles by blocking the nerve signals that cause certain facial muscles to contract. When these muscles relax, your skin looks smoother and less wrinkled.
Using a tiny needle, Botox is injected in just the right places to reintroduce skin that looks naturally smooth. It works particularly well on worry lines and crow’s feet. Because results last for a few months, you’ll need a periodic Botox booster to maintain your new look.
*Individual results may vary