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Fine Lines & Wrinkles

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  • Wrinkles Sagging & Collagen

    Collagen

    Diminished levels of collagen and elastin cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.

  • Wrinkles & Sagging Causes

    Causes

    Sun damage, smoking, dehydration and certain medications are factors in the development of wrinkles.

  • Wrinkles Sagging types

    Wrinkle types

    Dynamic wrinkles change shape due to muscle movement whereas static wrinkles appear due to the aging process.

  • effects of smoking on skin

    Smoking

    Smoking restricts the circulation of blood therefore interfering with the bodies process that prevents wrinkles.

What causes fine lines and wrinkles?

Fine Lines and Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the natural aging process. As we become older our skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Our skin’s ability to protect itself from damage is also reduced as we age. Eventually, wrinkles, creases and lines form on our skin. This is completely normal and some people may experience more of this at an earlier age than others. The good news is that it can be addressed to varying degrees and effectiveness.

Unfortunately, every single person will experience some degree of wrinkles and sagging skin as they age.

The reason for this is that the collagen structures and elastin in the dermis (inner) layer of the skin begin to shrink and break down, therefore providing less support for the epidermis (outer) layer of skin to hold onto. The epidermis layer of skin also begins to thin, and your skins fat stores and underlying muscles begin to deplete. This combination causes the epidermis to dry out, succumb to the effects of gravity and begin to sag and form lines and wrinkles. The rate at which this happens is affected by many things such as genetics, health and age. Below are a few factors that cause sagging skin:

Ageing

The biggest factor in the appearance of wrinkles is age. Wrinkles are a by-product of the years gone by. As we age, our skin cells divide at a much slower rate, the skin’s inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin, and that starts to undo the skin’s natural stretchiness and structure. Ageing skin also starts to lose its ability to hold on to moisture, makes less oil, and is also slower to heal. All of these are contributing factors to developing wrinkles.

Facial Muscle Contractions

Lines between your eyebrows (frown lines) and lines radiating from the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet) result from facial muscle contractions such as smiling, frowning, squinting and other habitual facial expressions that cause these wrinkles to become more prominent. Over time, those habitual expressions, plus gravity and age contribute to the formation of jowls and drooping eyelids.

Smoking

Smoking curbs your skin’s production of collagen, which is a key part of the skin’s structure. The downturn in collagen paves the way for the formation of wrinkles and also makes them harder to treat. That is one more reason to quit smoking or never to start.

Sun Damage (Photoageing)

Before we discuss the effects of sun exposure on fine lines and wrinkles, it is  important to note the following:

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach their 70th birthday

About 90% of all symptoms associated with premature skin ageing can be attributed to sun damage. Getting too much sun can lead to the premature formation of wrinkles in your skin. This is due to the break down of collagen fibres as a result of exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) from the sun. To prevent this, be extra cautious in the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense and always remember to:

SLIP - Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

SLOP - Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.

SLAP - Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.

SEEK - Seek shade, set the picnic rug in the shade under a tree.

SLIDE - Slide on some sunglasses, make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Correction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

The Cosmetic Medical Clinic continues to lead the way in the correction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles. We are constantly developing new and more effective techniques to treat the complex issue of ageing. The following are some of the many procedures available to reduce the appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles:

Non-invasive face lift procedure using ultrasound technology

Non-invasive Skin Rejuvenation; perfect for active and on the go people looking to refresh their look

CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing with minimal down time and reduced risk compared to similar systems such as Fraxel, Lumenis Deep and Active FX

Sagging Skin

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    Skin collagen

    Diminished levels of collagen and elastin cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.

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    Weight loss

    When losing weight too fast your skin will stretch, there is a higher risk the older you are.

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    Protecting skin

    Protect your skin from sagging from elements such as sun exposure and free-radical damage.

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    Collagen is protein

    The most common protein in the body is collagen, taking up 3/4 of the bodies total protein count.

What causes sagging skin?

When you consider that sagging skin is one of the main contributors to looking older as we age, it comes as no surprise to know that the phrase Skin Tightening is the most searched cosmetic topic on the internet. Unfortunately, every single person will experience some degree of sagging skin as they age. The reason for sagging is that the collagen structures and elastin in the dermis (inner) layer of the skin begin to shrink and break down, therefore providing less support for the epidermis (outer) layer of skin to hold onto.

The epidermis layer of skin also begins to thin and your skins fat stores and underlying muscles begin to deplete. This combination causes the epidermis to dry out, succumb to the effects of gravity and begin to sag and form lines and wrinkles. The rate at which this happens is affected by many things such as genetics, health and age. Below are a few factors that cause sagging skin:

Weight Loss

Obese individuals who have lost a massive amount of weight often have problems with excess skin. Typically this occurs as a result of extreme dieting. In the instance of weight loss, the best way to prevent sagging skin is to monitor your weight reduction-making sure to pace yourself. The excess fat in the body stretches the skin. Depending upon your age, you may find that the flesh does not “snap back” with the same elasticity, as it would have when you were younger. Thus, a gradual approach is the best way to get your skin to adjust to your weight changes.

The Sun

You may think that only women of a certain age have to fight gravity’s effect on the skin. But many women who enjoy soaking up the sun’s rays often discover one problem or another later in life. Putting aside all the risks of skin cancer, the sun has other ways of damaging the skin. Though you may emerge from beach sands with a chic, toasty complexion, the sun’s drying effects eventually wreak havoc on skin’s natural elasticity. So, if you’re going to play about outside during the spring and summer months, sunscreen and extra moisturising are imperative for fighting the effects of gravity.

Prevention

The best way to prevent the premature sagging of your skin is to look at habitual factors such as diet, sun protection and whether or not you smoke. These simple things in your day to day life that can exacerbate your ageing and saggy skin. Most of the effects of skin damage only show years after it has occurred, though it is never too late to start taking care of your skin properly.

Correction

The correction for Sagging Skin will depend on many factors such as medical history, age, life style factors and many more. The best way to find out what would be the best procedure for you is to organise a consultation where we can explain to you what is the main cause of your concern and how best to address it. Some of the procedures offered to combat the effects of ageing and sagging skin include:

Non-invasive face lift procedure using ultrasound technology

Non-invasive Skin Rejuvenation; perfect for active and on the go people looking to refresh their look

CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing with minimal down time and reduced risk compared to similar systems such as Fraxel, Lumenis Deep and Active FX

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