If you have reached your late thirties or early forties, or perhaps even your late twenties, you have probably already discovered that fine lines and wrinkles are beginning to make their inevitable appearance. Although this development is completely natural, you do have some treatment options for facial wrinkles. Before considering any type of cosmetic procedure, you will likely have some questions about what is involved so that you can make an informed decision.
What Causes Facial Wrinkles?
The simple answer, of course, is the aging process. More specifically, wrinkles begin forming due to a loss of skin volume in the facial area. This is typically due to three main areas: subcutaneous fat, skin thickness, and moisture loss.
Subcutaneous fat is the fat that is found directly under the surface of your skin. It is called “baby fat” by many people and typically begins disappearing in your late twenties or early thirties. It leads to a thinner facial profile, but not always wrinkles. Wrinkles tend to develop with a loss of subcutaneous fat combined with a breakdown of collagen and elastin, two important skin components that give structure and elasticity to your skin.
Another reason that facial wrinkles form is a loss of a naturally-occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. You may recognize the name from many topical skin care products. This special substance acts like a sponge within every skin cell in your body, drawing in moisture and creating plump, volumized skin.
Yet another reason for the development of facial wrinkles is the making of facial expressions over the years. That’s because every time you smile, frown, and make other expressions, the muscles in your face move. This causes the skin over the muscles to form wrinkles.
What are My Treatment Choices for Facial Wrinkles?
Unless your facial wrinkles are very deep, you may want to consider a treatment with injectable fillers. These products consist of a gel containing an active ingredient like hyaluronic acid to plump skin and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
Of course, the type of treatment for your facial wrinkles will depend on the type of wrinkles you have. For example, BOTOX® is another option, but this treatment is designed to address only the type of wrinkles that are the result of making facial expressions. Additional treatments include facials, peels, microdermabrasion, skin resurfacing, PDO threading, and microneedling.
What Treatment is Right for Me?
If you have more questions about your treatment options for facial wrinkles, we invite you to reach out to us at Fountain of Youth Medical & Wellness Spa to schedule a consultation for yourself. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Sanford!