While aging is inescapable, the aesthetic branch of dermatological medicine has developed many methods of diminishing its visible signs. At Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center, Dr. Dyan Harvey-Dent is constantly exploring and refining techniques to make her patients feel younger and more alive in their own skin. Her impressive credentials and years of success in the field attest to the fact that she is an expert in her chosen field. Her superlative testimonials remind us that she is also a kind and compassionate person, dedicated to each of her patient’s individual needs.
What causes wrinkles?
As we get older, our skin thins and loses elasticity and fat in the deeper layers of skin diminishes. Our body’s production of natural oils also decreases, causing our skin to dry out. These combined factors result in more saggy skin, and visible lines of wrinkles and deep creases. Without treatment, the appearance of our skin worsens as the aging process continues.
In addition to natural aging, other factors may exacerbate the development of wrinkles. These include:
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light which breaks down the skin’s connective tissue<
- Smoking which accelerates the normal aging process by decreasing blood flow to skin
- Repeated or prolonged facial expressions, such as squinting, smiling, frowning, or looking worried
- Poor diet
- Certain environmental conditions
Depending on the type of wrinkles you have, their locations and causes, Dr. Harvey-Dent will determine which products and methods will work best to revitalize your skin.
Types of Wrinkles
There are several basic types of wrinkles, distinguished by their causes: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles, atrophic crinkling rhytids (tiny parallel lines that disappear as your skin is pulled taut), and gravitational folds.
Dynamic wrinkles occur when repetitive muscle movements result in facial creases. Over time, persistent smiling, frowning, squinting or worrying eventually cause the formation of deep lines on the surface of the skin. Since none of us can (or want to) keep from expressing our emotions facially, most of us develop frown or worry lines between the eyebrows or on the forehead, laugh lines around the mouth, or crow’s feet around the eyes.
Static Wrinkles and Deep Folds
Static wrinkles and deep folds, on the other hand, result from the loss of skin elasticity (due to loss of fat and collagen), as well as to the simple force of gravity. The more collagen breaks down, the more tissues become lax and the more static wrinkles appear. Static wrinkles typically form at the corners of the mouth, along the cheeks, and on the neck.