As we age, our skin begins to lose collagen and elasticity. Paired with loss of fat in the face, this is what gives us an aged appearance. The muscles that you've been using all your life to express emotions are responsible for the wrinkles that you know have. Since specific motions are known to create particular lines, actively not using those expressions may help slow down the onset of those wrinkles.
As seen on The Doctors, the muscles that contribute to the creation of wrinkles later in life may be slowed down or even prevented by not using them. Similar to muscles in the body, when you exercise, you are defining those muscles and making them more visible. According to DiscoveryHealth.com, there are 43 muscles in the face and whenever you make an expression, those muscles are getting a workout. Dr. Drew Ordon explains that while you shouldn't stop expressing emotions, there are certain ones that you should definitely avoid. Pursing your lips to smoke, frowning and squinting are all expressions to avoid to try to prevent wrinkles from forming.
Refraining from these actions or emotions that cause wrinkles are also important for other health reasons. Obviously, smoking is hazardous to your health, as well as your skin. Over-analyzing and stressing over too many things isn't healthy for overall health so frowning does no good there either. And if you're squinting, chances are you need glasses so it's probably best to see an optometrist anyway.
However, if you're further along and have existing wrinkles or cannot help frowning or squinting, there are options to addressing those pesky lines. To date, the most popular and well-known is BOTOX, which is injected directly into the muscles that are used when frowning. According to Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili, "BOTOX stops active expression lines, such as in the forehead, between the brows or Crows Feet."
Actual BOTOX Before and After Photos of Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili
For nasolabial lines and Marionette lines that can come from years of smoking, Dr. Yalamanchili recommends facial fillers, such as Radiesse. "The way I treat patients depends on what area that we're trying to focus on. For example, if we're really focusing on the lines around the mouth, I like to use something that penetrates a little bit deeper such as Radiesse," says Dr. Yalamanchili.
Actual Radiesse & Restylane Before and After Results of Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili
For overall facial rejuvenation, to address volume loss, wrinkles and skin laxity, the dermal filler Sculptra works by stimulating natural collagen growth. "Sculptra is really a holistic approach to volumize in the face and something we're beginning to see trend in the last several years," says Dr. Yalamanchili, "It's not just about making things tighter or plumping up lines but rejuvenating the face overall."
Along with prevention, modern aesthetic medicine can make wrinkles a thing of the past and no one will ever be able to properly guess your age!