Wrinkles Q & A
The Cosmetic Office of Dr. Platt
What causes wrinkles to form?
Wrinkles are the result of various genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. The factors that contribute the most include:
Aging causes cell division to slow down and the dermis layer to thin. Collagen production slows, leaving behind drier, looser skin.
Each time UV rays come into contact with the skin, it damages the elastin. Elastin is a fiber that holds the skin in place, so damage to elastin causes the skin to loosen and sag. A lifetime of sun exposure shows up in facial wrinkles.
Repetitive muscle movements
Wrinkles around the mouth and eyes tend to coincide with facial movements. Years of squinting and smiling make crow’s feet and smile lines more prominent, for example.
Smokers tend to have more wrinkles than non-smokers.
What can I do to help prevent wrinkles from forming?
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and a lifetime of exposure to sun, chemicals, and hormone changes naturally ages the skin. Although you can’t control many of the factors that lead to wrinkles, including genetics and aging, you can control several environmental and behavioral factors.
Sun exposure is one factor you can control. You can help prevent further damage by always using sunscreen and limiting time in the sun, especially during peak summer hours. Smoking is another habit you can avoid to prevent wrinkles.
A proper skincare routine is essential to prolong your skin’s youthful radiance:
- Twice-daily cleansing and twice-weekly exfoliation eliminate dead cells and pollutants
- Vitamin A retinol treatments boost collagen production
- Drinking water and using moisturizer helps maintain proper skin hydration
What treatments are effective for wrinkles?
Dr. Platt offers the following treatments at her clinic for wrinkles:
- Custom chemical peels: Chemical solutions minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- Laser skin rejuvenation: Directed lasers produce tighter skin
- Intense pulsed light: Light therapy reduces the appearance of sun damage
- Microneedling: SkinPen® and Rejuvapen™ encourage collagen and elastin production
If you’d like to explore wrinkle treatment options, set up a consultation with Dr. Platt over the phone or online.