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Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine Lines and Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the natural aging process. As we become older our skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Our skin’s ability to protect itself from damage is also reduced as we age. Eventually, wrinkles, creases and lines form on our skin. This is completely normal and some people may experience more of this at an earlier age than others. The good news is that it can be addressed to varying degrees and effectiveness.

What causes fine lines and wrinkles?

Ageing: The biggest factor in the appearance of wrinkles is age. Wrinkles are a by-product of the years gone by. As we age, our skin cells divide at a much slower rate, the skin’s inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin, and that starts to undo the skin’s natural stretchiness and structure. Ageing skin also starts to lose its ability to hold on to moisture, makes less oil, and is also slower to heal. All of these are contributing factors to developing wrinkles.

Sun Damage (Photoageing): Before we discuss the effects of Sun Exposure on fine lines and wrinkles, it’s important to note the following:

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach their 70th birthday

About 90% of all symptoms associated with premature skin ageing can be attributed to sun damage. Getting too much sun can lead to the premature formation of wrinkles in your skin, this is due to the break down of collagen fibres as a result of exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) from the sun. To prevent this, be extra cautious in the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense and always remember to:

  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible
  • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  • Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade – set the picnic rug in the shade under a tree
  • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards

Facial Muscle Contractions: Lines between your eyebrows (frown lines) and lines radiating from the corners of your eyes (crow’s-feet) result from facial muscle contractions such as smiling, frowning, squinting and other habitual facial expressions that cause these wrinkles to become more prominent. Over time, those habitual expressions, plus gravity and age contribute to the formation of jowls and drooping eyelids. Smoking: Smoking curbs your skin’s production of collagen, which is a key part of the skin’s structure. The downturn in collagen paves the way for the formation of wrinkles and also makes them harder to treat. That’s one more reason to quit smoking, or never to start.

Correction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

The Cosmetic Medical Clinic continues to lead the way in the correction of Lines and Wrinkles. We are constantly developing new and more effective techniques to treat the complex issue of ageing. Below are some of the many procedures available to reduce the appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles.

Thermage CPT – Non-invasive skin tightening and contouring using radio frequency

Ultherapy – Non-invasive face lift procedure using ultrasound technology

FRAC3 – Non-invasive Skin Rejuvenation; perfect for active and on the go people looking to refresh their look

EXELO2 – CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing with minimal down time and reduced risk compared to similar systems such as Fraxel, Lumenis Deep and Active FX

To enquire about the correction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles at the Cosmetic Medical Clinic Sydney, call 02 9211 6916 or fill out the form below to send us an online enquiry. We would love the opportunity to organise an obligation and fee free consultation.

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