Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West
What causes the skin to age?
External factors such as increased sun exposure, wind exposure and pollution can all result in wrinkles and discolorations. Wrinkle Treatments by Dr Wade can be done in Somerset West and Cape Town. Diet and poor lifestyle habits such as smoking and not exercising also play a role. A lifetime of stress (in some cases only half a lifetime!) results in the repetitive muscular movements of facial expression – these cause wrinkles. Sudden weight loss, although great, can also cause the skin to age as you lose fat within the facial fat pads – and your face droops and sags.
When we are born we have the most beautiful young, supple skin – the reason being as our skin is full of a substance called Hyaluronic Acid which acts to hydrate the skin. As we age, we lose Hyaluronic acid and our skin loses the soft supple nature that it once had. This is an internal factor as to why we look older. This process accelerates from the age of 30 – our skin produces less and the rate of destruction is higher.
The above factors cause lines, wrinkles and folds to develop. Your skin loses volume and your face changes shape. How fast all of this happens is dependent on what we have already mentioned. Living a healthy life today and protecting your skin from the sun can help to reduce the speed to which you age. In anti-aging medicine it is never to late to change your life and see results.
What are wrinkles?
Wrinkles are folds in the skin and there are two types. Dynamic wrinkles occur over time from repeated muscle use like frowning and smiling – if present for long enough they can develop into static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are always visible and are due to a lack of skin elasticity. They are caused by sun damage, smoking, genetics and prolonged dynamic wrinkling.
Injectable Treatment Options
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum that is used to reduce unwanted dynamic facial wrinkles. It acts by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle and in so doing prevents muscular contraction. Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles – static wrinkles will need different treatment options. The effects of Botox last anywhere from 3 to 6 months – it really just depends on the dose, your metabolism and if you have had Botox before. The more often you have Botox, you will need less amount of treatments per year.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. As we age we lose this substance and our skin loses its once youthful tone and appearance. Aging also results in loss of fat from our facial fat pads. A young-looking face has round contours, high cheekbones and a well-defined jawline. The reason we look the way we do is partly because of the bones in our face but partly due to these fat pads beneath the skin. As they lose fat the skin above them begins to sag and as a result our cheek bones move down our face and we get static lines around our nose and mouth. The pulling of the sagging skin then also creates depressions and bags under our eye.
The treatment of facial sagging and static lines is Fillers. These fillers are injected with a very fine needle into the area overlying the cheek bone. Once injected the results are immediate and a gentle lift occurs whereby a new cheek is pulling up the skin from the lower face and as a result the lines around the mouth and nose are visibly reduced.
Fillers generally last from 9 to 18 months depending on where they are placed. Over time they are naturally reabsorbed by our body. The old way of injecting fillers was to inject only in the facial wrinkles of the lower face – this would remove the wrinkles but leave the client with an unnatural result. Current science and thinking points towards the cheek injections as the most effective method to give the most natural results.
Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West
Below is a video explaining cheek fillers for rejuvenation:
– Dr Wade
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