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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:
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 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:
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:
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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