This is the third installment in the Facial Aging Series. We have looked at the aging process as occurring on the 3 levels and have previously discussed descent and deflation.

Descent – Sagging of the facial tissues.
Deflation – Loss of facial volume.
Deterioration – Changes in the texture and color of facial skin.

This week we will focus on the natural changes in the third “D” Deterioration we will all experience with advancing age.

1. Natural Changes
Lines and wrinkles
Rough, dry, crêpey texture
Thinning skin
Uneven skin tone

2. Sun-related Changes
Excessive lines and wrinkles
Brown spots, red spots
Tough, leathery skin

While we can’t stop the hands of time, we can ameliorate it’s effects with proven, effective, and fast solutions.

There are two types of facial wrinkles: dynamic and static.

Dynamic wrinkles form as a result of muscle motion — including the way we express ourselves — as well as from habitual movement, as is the case of vertical lip lines in smokers and crow’s feet in people who often squint in the sun. When our facial muscles contract, the skin over those muscles stretches to accommodate. When we’re young, our skin bounces back after squinting, smiling or laughing. Eventually our skin bounces back less and the dynamic wrinkles start to become more permanent. The most common dynamic wrinkles are across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the outer corners of your eyes (crow’s feet).

Treatment for Dynamic Wrinkles

Wrinkle relaxers work by relaxing the muscles we use to frown or squint that cause dynamic wrinkles to develop, thus creating an improved appearance by gradually smoothing existing wrinkles. Once the muscle is relaxed it can’t contract again which prevents wrinkles from forming.
Static wrinkles are wrinkles or creases that are visible even when your face is absolutely neutral and at rest. These types of wrinkles are visible regardless of the muscle action. Static wrinkles are the result of the natural disintegration of essential components in the skin that are responsible for maintaining structural integrity including collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Environmental factors and UV exposure can accelerate the natural deterioration.. Untreated dynamic wrinkles eventually become static wrinkles.

Treatment for Static Wrinkles, Rough, Dry, Crêpey Sink Texture and Uneven Skin Tone

Advances in medical skin care products are so profound some patients can get amazing results by just using products such as ZO Medical Skin Care.

Peels, light-based / laser devices can more quickly and effectively treat static wrinkles and also improve skin tone, texture and radiance.
Skin with more advanced signs of aging will benefit from laser treatments, and today’s technology allows for tailoring the strength of the laser or light-based treatment to the patient’s lifestyle. Patients can opt for a series of low level laser treatments that leave no telltale signs or opt for the more invasive one-and-done deep laser peel.

Combining great skin care products with light-based devices are the best, long-term defense against the skin’s signs of aging.

Time marches on — we all age, and we can age more beautifully. The most important things to remember from this segment are:

1. Regular use of a wrinkle relaxer will smooth existing wrinkles and prevent future ones.
2. There are powerful, proven medical skin care products — truly anti-aging products that will keep your skin tone, texture and radiance looking years younger than your chronological age, but they are not available in the drug or department store.
3. Combining great medical skin care products with light-based / laser treatments not only enhances results, but provides for better, long-term skin health and wellness.