What you think you knew about facial aging and wrinkles may not be the truth. Before you go out and buy the next best expensive wrinkle cream, you may want to read this article.
What really makes our skin fold and wrinkle?
We all know some of the common factors that cause facial wrinkles. Smoking, sun damage and stress are just a few. And yes, the outer layers of our skin do change a bit as we age, so skin care products can be beneficial in treating the outer layer of the skin. Surface layer aside, the biggest change in complexion that we rarely hear about is the loss of volume underneath our skin, or the foundation under our skin. This loss of volume is the real cause of wrinkles, folds and sagging skin, and is the primary condition that needs to be treated first.
Eventually, the loss of this structural foundation underneath the skin will lead to changes in the shape of our skin, and will allow it to fold, sag and wrinkle.
Can anti-aging creams solve the problem of wrinkles due to lost volume?
No, you cannot treat the loss of volume, which occurs underneath the skin, with topical wrinkle creams and lotions. Because facial creams are unable to reach the area where this loss of volume occurs, the problem requires the use of injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle smoothers such as Botox or Juvederm.
What about plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery will provide the greatest level of altercation of any facial treatment due to the cutting, repositioning, and restructuring of the facial anatomy. With plastic surgery, the surgeon is essentially repositioning the skin, muscles, and tissues of the face to accommodate for the loss of foundation underneath the skin. This option may be a good solution for those patients with the biggest needs as well as those wishing to make permanent changes to their face. Although surgery may provides the most dramatic results, this must be weighed against the risks of surgery and the fact that surgical treatment may affect one’s appearance permanently.
What can skin lasers and skin modalities, such as ultrasound, do for me?
Similar to creams and lotions, laser treatments and modalities work from the outside in. These treatments will have some effects on the skin’s appearance and may help to tighten the skin but will not have profound effects on restoring or rebuilding the foundation that is lost underneath.
So what is the optimal solution to prevent and treat wrinkles and sagging skin?
The solution to repairing lost foundation are what I call the “youthful injectables.” Wrinkle relaxing injectables, such as Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin, as well as dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Radiesse and Voluma, are just a few of the non-surgical injectable solutions that are growing in popularity.
These treatments directly and immediately address the causes of wrinkling and folding skin without redesigning or changing the original architecture of the face. Instead, these injectables replace what was once there, but with real, noticeable and natural results. By replacing what was once there, your face will look more like it did when you were younger.
How do these youthful injectables work?
As much as it took genius scientists years to develop, the process is quite simple and we are thankful for their discoveries. Botox(™) Cosmetic and Xeomin work to relax the muscles that pull on the skin thereby reducing the wrinkle lines that are seen with movement and smiling. Cosmetic fillers work underneath the skin to restore the foundation that holds the skin up, thereby serving as a replacement for the support under the skin that is lost with time. It is truly magical and futuristic! If you are treated by a skilled aesthetic injector, you may actually see results from one lunchtime appointment and, depending on the treatment or area, your results may last for up to 2 years!
The Youthful Injectables 4 Points To Remember
1. Injectable Fillers are the most effective non-surgical method for reducing wrinkles and restoring the original shape of the face.
2. Treatments by experienced, artistic injectors may provide results that last for up to many years.
3. In many cases, injectables will significantly delay, or even prevent, the need for surgery.
4. Injectables can be a preventative measure for those who begin the process early or maintain the results of injectables over the long term.
Remember, by preventing skin from wrinkling and sagging in the first place, people can maintain their facial architecture and natural beauty for a lifetime.