As we grow older, we not only gain in wisdom and experience, we’re also given the “gift” of wrinkles. However, wrinkles arise from a variety of reasons, which means that the treatment and prevention for each type of wrinkles vary accordingly.
Here are some tips we found to help you deal with your wrinkles, but the best advice we can give you is to talk to a dermatologist because everyone’s skin is different and the professionals can help determine which treatment is right for you.
1. Expression Wrinkles
Expression wrinkles are created when we repeatedly make the same expressions over and over again. They’re typically seen around the sides of our mouths, eyes, and forehead. Some actions that contribute to expression wrinkles includes smoking and drinking from a straw due to the repetition of pursed lips.
This typically isn’t an issue for younger people because they have lots of collagen and elastin in their skin that prevent the creases and lines, but as we grow older, our skin loses its elasticity and the wrinkles don’t fade as easily.
Besides being expressionless – which isn’t a practical tip – there’s really no other way of preventing these lines. However, if you find that you’re frowning or squinting more often than you should, perhaps you can make a conscious effort to stop doing it.
To get rid of expression wrinkles, most experts will recommend Botox or fillers, or a combination of both. Botox relaxes specific muscles that flex so the crease can no longer surface, and fillers can help to “fill” in depressed areas.
2. Elastic Wrinkles
Elastic wrinkles are caused by sun exposure and can be seen mostly on your cheeks, upper lip, and the base of your neck. The best way to prevent them is simply avoid the sun as much as possible and to protect your skin with sunscreen, as well as eliminating cigarette exposure.
Some forms of treatment for elastic wrinkles are laser treatments and chemical peels. Chemical peels are commonly used to remove the outer layers of the skin and improves the blotchiness of sun damage to create a more even pigmentation of the skin.
3. Compression Wrinkles
A common cause of compression wrinkles is when you squish your face against your pillow as you sleep. They appear on your face, neck, and chest when you wake up and while some lines disappear throughout the day, others stay for a longer period.
Again, the easiest way to prevent these lines is to avoid sleeping on your side and against your pillow. Instead, sleep on your back or use pillows with silk covers that lessen friction, such as Slip pillow cases, or special pillows such as the JuveRest Pillow, which comes with supportive foam to prevent wrinkles from being created.
Aesthetic treatments that can help alleviate compression wrinkles include Ultherapy and Hi-Fu treatments, which are able to stimulate the production of collagen through ultrasound energy.
4. Gravitation Wrinkles
Gravitation wrinkles happen naturally due to effects of gravity along with the loss of elasticity and collagen in your skin, therefore they appear as saggy skin and can be seen anywhere on the face.
The best way to treat these kinds of folds is a facelift. Although a facial surgery is slightly daunting, you can also try Ultherapy or lifting creams to counteract the effects of gravity. Ultherapy simply uses your body’s own regenerative response to lift the skin on your brows, under your chin and neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on your decolletage.
5. Atrophic Wrinkles
Atrophic wrinkles are the parallel lines that appear on your forehead when you furrow your brows. Similar to other types of wrinkles, these worsen over time as we lose elastin and collagen in the skin so the best way to slow the process of them forming is through deep hydration.
These wrinkles may be one of the hardest to prevent but with good skin hydration to plump up your skin, you can diminish the look of these dreadful lines.
The best way to treat them is to use fillers to restore volume in your skin, Thermage or use laser skin-rebuilding treatments.