The Condition

Wrinkles are described as grooves in the skin that can appear on the surface or be quite deep in the skin.

As a person ages, the skin loses its strength and elasticity, which makes it less supple, causing wrinkles and skin sagging in the elderly. In addition to aging, exposure to the sun and smoking are also deemed to be contributing factors to the development of wrinkles.

Indications that a person has wrinkles include having deeply formed lines and fine, crinkling crosshatch marks on the skin. The skin that has wrinkles may appear tough and leathery, especially if the person has had extreme exposure to the sun.

The following are some of the factors that can cause wrinkles:

  • Loss of elasticity
  • Sun damage
  • Repeated facial movements such as frowning
  • Aging

Treatments Available

  • Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment
  • Non-ablative Laser Treatment
  • BOTOX®
  • Filler Injections
  • Thermage

FAQs

What are dynamic wrinkles?

Dynamic wrinkles, a term used by physicians, are most commonly known as smile lines and frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles are the most troublesome of all wrinkle types and are difficult to treat. Dynamic wrinkles are also called crow’s feet, scowl lines, forehead creases and lip wrinkles. Such wrinkles develop from facial expressions such as smiles, laughs or frowns. Each time a person does these expressions, the skin creases or folds in the same way. After such facial expressions are made from time to time, the skin “remembers” such creases even though they are not present. To improve the state of a wrinkled skin, it has to undergo processes like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, deep peeling, BOTOX® and fillers. But all the same, even after all these treatments, dynamic wrinkles would still come back since people would still create the same facial expressions.

What are fine wrinkles?

Fine wrinkles appear on dry crepe paper skin, usually on the cheeks. These types of wrinkles are described as superficial and are relatively easy to remove through care of the skin, micropeels, and other treatments that are simple enough to do.

What are skin fold wrinkles?

Skin fold wrinkles are the type of wrinkles that are seen from the corner of the nose, around the mouth, and down to the chin. These wrinkles are similar to big parentheses around the mouth. Its development is within the skin fold (called nasolabial fold) which is caused by sagging cheeks. Since skin fold wrinkles are caused by the sagging of the skin, the only way to treat them is by tightening the skin, a process also called a Facelift.

How do these treatments work?

As a background, the skin is composed of damaged superficial cells and healthier deep cells. Old superficial cells die every day and are replaced by younger cells. Upon birth, the process of shedding a new skin cell would take about 30 days. Meanwhile, upon reaching the age of 60, the process increases to about 60 days. As a person ages, the complexion of the skin becomes more dull and lifeless because the cells on a person’s skin surface gets older.

The skin care treatments allow healthier deep cells to surface, resulting in a younger and fresher look. Undergoing skin treatments will improve the state of some or all of the skin problems; namely, large pore size, loss of skin vitality, roughness, discoloration, fine wrinkles, acne scars, dynamic wrinkles and loss of skin tone.

Though the wrinkle treatments have their similarities, each of them works in a slightly different manner. As a result, a person undergoing a treatment may receive a different degree of improvement. Further, none of the treatments gives a solution to all skin problems. As a whole, treatments that are deeper in nature provide increased improvement, but as the downside, require a longer recovery time. To achieve better results, many people make use of two treatment options that are complimentary to one another. One example of such a strategy is undergoing laser resurfacing and BOTOX® injections.