If you are wondering how to get rid of wrinkles it certainly does help to understand how they form so you can decide how to treat them. Wrinkles, laugh lines, and creases in the skin are all natural signs of ageing, and are formed as the skin starts to lose its natural elasticity. While it may not be possible to prevent wrinkles from forming, there are minimally-invasive procedures and techniques like anti-wrinkle injections that can be used to improve your facial volume. Let’s find out more about dermal fillers and how they can be used for anti-ageing.
Why Do Wrinkles Develop in the First Place?
Contrary to what experience may lead us to believe, wrinkles do not form overnight. Rather they develop over time, as our skin becomes thinner and less elastic as we age, and as we perform repeated facial expressions.
How To Get Rid of Wrinkles
While it’s not possible to prevent wrinkles there are good lifestyle habits you can follow to take care of your skin and body, to make the ageing process easier and more graceful. Here are some lifestyle modifications you can follow:
Avoid the sun
Avoid the sun as much as possible, and wear a high protection sun cream every single day. Wear a hat and sunglasses (and sunscreen) when you expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays.
Drink water and avoid alcohol and limit your caffeine intake. Any dehydration in your body is going to reflect in your skin, and will be visible as fine lines and creases. It doesn’t matter how much topical moisture you provide – if your body is dehydrated, your skin will show it.
Adequate sleep is essential for the skin to rejuvenate and repair itself overnight.
Eat plenty of antioxidants in your diet
Antioxidants reduce the effects of free radicals on your skin, and they’re an essential part of detoxing your cells.
Smoking ageing and dehydrates your skin and can make you look older than you are. Quitting smoking is one of the most positive lifestyle changes you can make.
What Are Anti Wrinkle Injections?
Colloquially known as anti wrinkle injections, dermal fillers are a minimally-invasive way to enhance facial contours, iron out wrinkles and smooth out creases in the skin. This is because most of the visible signs of ageing can be attributed to loss of volume in the face.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances made from non-animal origin that add volume to the face and can be injected into different parts of the face to achieve different objectives. Soft fillers tend to be used around the eyes and lips to plump the areas up, while harder fillers are injected into the cheek area to increase facial volume. Dermal fillers are popular with clients who want to prevent wrinkles, because of the extent to which they can volumise facial tissues and hydrate the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid are used most commonly on the lower part of the face, to address line and depressions in the surface of the skin. Although they may not prevent wrinkles they are effective at treating areas such as
- Nasolabial folds
- Filling acne scars and depressions
- The frown lines that can develop between the eyebrows
- Crows feet and fine creases that appear around the eyes
- Vertical lines around the mouth that are caused by smoking.
Do Anti Wrinkle Injections Work?
Most dermal fillers have a specific lifespan and need to be replaced every year to 18 months, depending on the product and where it was administered. In most cases, patients can see a visible difference straight after the procedure. Ask your cosmetic surgeon how long your fillers can be expected to last and when you might need them redone so you can plan ahead. Your body will gradually absorb the filler over time, and you will probably want to restore the effect when that happens.
It’s important to discuss your needs and expectations with your surgeon before going ahead with any work. Different brands and filler types are used to achieve different effects and in the majority of cases your surgeon will be able to show you before and after pictures so you have some idea of what the end result could look like.
Remember: the most effective anti wrinkle injections should have a natural finish and it shouldn’t look as though you have had a treatment done. The best treatments make your complexion look refreshed and softened.
Are Dermal Fillers Painful?
Many dermal fillers are administered with a dose of anaesthetic to ensure the area is numbed before the area is injected. Depending on the product to be used, the needle may not even penetrate all layers of the skin so the term anti wrinkle injections are not always an accurate way to describe how a dermal filler works.
Are There Any Side Effects To Be Aware Of?
Some discomfort and irritation may occur at the site but side effects are infrequent and allergic reactions occur very rarely when the procedure is professionally managed by an experienced aesthetic surgeon. The fact that fillers demand little downtime make them increasingly popular over more invasive procedures.
Still wondering how to get rid of wrinkles and whether hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are an effective anti-ageing strategy for you? It’s always best to get a professional opinion.
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