Wrinkles form naturally on the skin as a person ages. The rate of aging cannot be determined, but environmental factors can increase the rate of aging. Some common factors that cause wrinkles are genetic influences, smoking, sun exposure, and the natural aging process.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels of the skin, and because of the reduced supply of nutrients and oxygen to the skin, this results in a thinning effect forming premature wrinkles. Smokers are likely to develop premature wrinkles 5 times more than non-smokers. Small lines around the mouth are enhanced by the actions of inhaling and blowing cigarette smoke.
Alcohol affects the Vitamin A supply of the body that in turn reduces the defense mechanism of the body against infections and bacteria. The absence of nutrients and oxygen enhances the production of harmful free radicals in the body. The free radicals will destroy the elastic fibers and collagen of the skin, resulting in premature wrinkles. The collagen will break down as the skin ages, which creates a pulling force that develops wrinkles.
People with fair skin and blue eyes are most prone to sun damage, which in turn causes wrinkles. Some outdoor activities such as golfing, sailing, and farming increase the probability of developing wrinkles. Wrinkles are most prominent on areas exposed to sun, such as the neck, face, forearms, and hands. The subcutaneous fat layers also get reduced as the skin ages, resulting in the sagging of the skin and wrinkles.
There are two types of wrinkles: deep furrows and fine surface lines. Fine line wrinkles can be treated with normal wrinkle treatments, and deep furrows should be treated with aggressive techniques such as cosmetic surgery, fillers and other technologies. If you are experiencing wrinkles, then you should consult with a dermatologist for options which should be catered for you. Dr. Ariel Ostad offers the most state-of-the-art procedures, such as BOTOX and fillers, Ultherapy, Fraxel and other gold-standard procedures which can help turn back the clock on the appearance of wrinkles. Most procedures performed by Dr. Ariel Ostad are mostly effective and painless. Please call our office to schedule your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Ariel Ostad and to find out what options would be best for you.