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Fine lines and wrinkles may seem like an inevitable side-effect of aging, but they can quickly change a youthful face to looking older and tired. Not only that, but fine lines and wrinkles can detract from a person’s beauty and make them look older than they feel. Genetics plays a large role in how a person ages, but most people want to delay the effects of aging as much as possible. Luckily, when a person wants to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the team at Houston Skin can help.
What are Fine Lines & Wrinkles?
Fine lines are associated with the earliest signs of aging and/or sun damage. These usually begin to appear once a person enters their 30’s and 40’s. As we age, fine lines are caused by the repeated muscle contractions that happen under the skin when making facial expressions, like smiling, frowning or squinting.
Popular areas for fine lines are at the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), between the eyebrows (the 11’s) and out from the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds or laugh lines). Nasolabial folds can appear as fine lines, but may also develop into lax, sagging skin, which causes a heaviness to the mid-to-low face and with time can create jowls. With repeated expressions making the facial muscles contract and release over the years, fine lines will inevitably develop, followed by wrinkles.
Wrinkles are deeper lines that fall into two categories: dynamic and static. A dynamic wrinkle is one that is visible with facial movements or expressions, for example, when smiling or frowning. Static wrinkles, also known as wrinkles at rest, are present even when the face is relaxed. Eventually, dynamic wrinkles will become static wrinkles, remaining visible at all times.
What Causes Fine Lines & Wrinkles?
Aging causes our skin cells to begin to divide more slowly and our skin produces less collagen and elastin. This loss of collagen and elastin causes the skin to lose its firmness and elasticity. As a result, our skin becomes thinner and drier, eventually leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. In addition to aging, other factors can increase a person’s development of facial lines, including:
- Sun damage
- Certain medications
One of the first steps towards combating facial aging is to take excellent care of your skin with proper skin care and cosmetics. Remaining hydrated can also help keep your skin healthy and maintain your complexion. However, with the help of the innovative anti-aging treatments our cosmetic dermatologists use at Houston Skin, it’s possible to not only reduce the signs of aging but, in some cases, reverse them.
Turn Back Time at Houston Skin
Just as there are different types of lines and wrinkles, there are many diverse wrinkle treatments that can improve shallow to deep wrinkles in various locations such as the face, neck, chest, and hands. At Houston Skin, we offer a wide range of the most effective facial injectables to help smooth the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles and restore a person’s youthful appearance.
Depending on the type of wrinkles and how deep they are, effective neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport can improve dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscle contractions responsible for creating the wrinkle. This not only reduces the appearance of the wrinkle but helps prevent the formation of deeper creases because it allows the skin to rest.
Dysport is a natural-looking, fast-acting prescription injection proven to help smooth moderate to severe frown lines and restore the skin to a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are a wonderful option for deeper lines or static wrinkles that cannot be improved with Botox. For some, a combination of facial fillers and Botox is the best wrinkle treatment option.
At Houston Skin, our dermatologists and skin experts have extensive experience using facial fillers for smoothing away lines and wrinkles. We offer the following fillers for the best outcomes for treating facial creases:
Juvederm is an industry-leading hyaluronic acid filler that we use at Houston Skin to help plump up deep lines while providing volume to sagging areas. The Juvederm line of fillers offers wonderful wrinkle treatment options for smile lines, laugh lines, and even marionette lines.
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a specially formulated dermal filler for deep lines along the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus can last 6-12 months.
Juvederm Ultra XC is the perfect facial filler to augment the lips and area around the mouth (perioral area). Juvederm Ultra provides patients with beautiful, natural-looking lip volume for 9-12 months.
Juvederm Volbella is specifically formulated to enhance the lips and around the mouth. Volbella can be used to add more fullness to the lips as well as soften the appearance of lines around the mouth. The results of Volbella treatment can last up to one year.
Juvederm Vollure is an excellent dermal filler used to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines. Vollure has been shown to improve wrinkles for up to 18 months.
Juvederm Voluma is a wonderful facial filler that is designed to restore lost facial volume in the cheeks and mid-face. Voluma is great for patients who want to augment their chin and profile as well. Voluma results can be long-lasting (18-24 months).
Restylane Defyne is crafted with XpresHAn Technology™, Restylane® Defyne helps smooth out deep laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines) as well as enhance chin projection. Using innovative cross-linking technology, Restylane Defyne is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is able to help restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions and movement.
Restylane Kysse is the first lip filler designed with XpresHAn Technology™ for flexible movement and natural-looking volume proven to last for up to 1 year. Enhance texture and color of the lips while maintaining a full range of expressions.
Restylane Lyft can help complete your aesthetic look with natural-looking volume in your cheeks and hands for a smoother, fuller appearance. Restylane® Lyft is a safe, effective and dissolvable HA filler. Treatment can be administered in your hands and face — and can result in a more youthful-looking appearance.
Restylane Refyne is designed with XpresHAn Technology™ to help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). This can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions
Restylane-L is a cosmetic product formulated to plump up and add volume to your skin. Not only is the dermal filler capable of adding fullness to your face, it is also able to resolve moderate-to-severe skin wrinkles and folds. Restylane can get rid of the lines that tend to form from the corners of your mouth to your nose, called nasolabial folds, and the lines that run from the corners of your mouth down to the jawline called marionette lines. In addition, if age is starting to steal the fullness and definition from your lips, then Restylane-L can return these youthful features to you.
Sculptra Aesthetic is an excellent option for adding volume throughout the entire face. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful-looking appearance.
Laser resurfacing is a game-changer when it comes to improving fine lines and wrinkles. Laser treatments can safely and efficiently smooth away creases, revealing a more youthful, vibrant appearance without the downtime of a more invasive procedure.
Chemical peels are the perfect choice for people looking to reverse early to moderate signs of aging. This powerhouse treatment can not only reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it will also restore texture and tone, leaving you with a glowing, youthful appearance.