How Deep are Your Wrinkles?
The funny (or not-so-funny) thing about wrinkles is that they’re deeper than what you see on the surface. Which translates to, your skin on the outside might look young and tight, but just below the first layer… wrinkles are forming and are on their way.
We all know that skin has multiple layers. That’s just a fact we learn in high school. But what you didn’t know is that each of those layers has specific roles to help keep your body in working-order. If one layer isn’t doing its job, then it’s just a matter of time before the others break down. The epidermis is the skin people see. So by the time a problem rises to the epidermis’ surface, you’re no longer in prevention mode.
That’s the myth behind neuromodulators (commonly known as Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport). They are marketed as wrinkle-relaxing injections, but which wrinkles? Where?
Starting injections young can prevent wrinkles from surfacing. There are a ton of other ways to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Proper skincare regimens can help maintain tone and elastin, while a nutritious diet can help hydrate your skin. In an ideal world, we would all keep toxins away like smoke and pollution, trans fats, and over-exposure to the sun. And while, all of these topical and lifestyle treatments have optimal effects on preserving your skins collagen and elasticity, eventually, the wrinkles do come.
We have patients in their 20s who come in with sufficient thickness in their facial skin, but the elevens between the brows or their crow’s feet and laugh lines are showing slight signs of surfacing. By injecting those areas, the wrinkles that have started to form beneath the surface are targeted and offset. We have the opportunity to delay a deep imprint. With regular maintenance, we can effectively delay the effects of aging.
It’s no wonder it’s cliché to say that prevention is the best medicine.
Want a pro tip? Walk over to your mirror and take 5 deep, relaxing breaths. Stop. Stare. That is your resting face. If there is one natural way to delay deep wrinkles, it’s by keeping your facial expressions to a minimum. That, by the way, is exactly what neuromodulators do: they keep your facial muscles frozen in certain areas to minimize movement, thereby reducing the deeper imprint of visible wrinkles and delaying the signs of aging.
It really is that simple. The more you pull at your face, the more wrinkles you’ll have. By constantly repeating the same facial expressions, your skin is pulling upward, downward and everywhere in between, so that eventually your skin is imprinted with a nice new set of wrinkles by your mouth if you laugh a lot, brows if you furrow your brow, and so on. That’s another added plus of regular injections: you will allow your muscles to age more evenly.
Preventative Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport, and so on, relaxes your facial muscles to prevent them from wrinkling. Like a flower that begins to bud below the earth’s surface, as do the wrinkles on your face. Visible wrinkles are the kind we most often inject and we’ve seen great results, but if you were able to see below the surface into your dermis, would you want to ward them off before they made their budding debut?
Until next time!