Can deep wrinkles be treated as easily as fine lines? The best treatments
As you approach and enter your forties, the effects of ageing of your face may start to become much more noticeable. Your skin is producing less collagen, resulting in a loss of elasticity, more pronounced under-eye bags, sagging and wrinkles. What were once fine lines are now becoming deeper, etching themselves into the skin in a way that makes them very obvious, even when the face is at rest. Unsurprisingly, these changes can have a detrimental impact on self-confidence, so it’s no surprise that an increasing number of men and women are incorporating injectables and skin treatments into their regular beauty regimes to help soften these lines and wrinkles.
The difference between fine lines and deeper wrinkles
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the fine, surface-level wrinkles that appear when expressing emotions, such as worry, joy, sadness, or surprise. You will notice them when you smile, laugh, frown, cry, or during moments of deep concentration. But once the emotion passes and your face goes blank, you will no longer see them.
Static wrinkles, however, remain on the face even after our facial muscles have relaxed, and they tend to deepen with age. Static wrinkles include lines at the corners of the mouth, across the cheeks, and along the neck. Fine lines generally become static wrinkles over time, and by targeting them early on, you can help slow the progression of deep wrinkles.
Best preventative treatments for fine lines
Since fine lines are very superficial, there is a range of non-invasive treatments that can help to significantly soften and improve their appearance and may help prevent them from becoming deeper, especially when used alongside injectable treatments.
The HydraFacial incorporates six targeted steps to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and extract dead skin cells and impurities. After these steps, it infuses the skin with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. This multi-step rejuvenation procedure is used to invigorate the skin and treat various skin problems such as enlarged or clogged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, dry skin, acne, and dullness. It’s excellent for treating fine lines as it can be targeted to specific concerns, infusing the deeper layers of the skin with peptides and serums to plump out and smooth surface lines and wrinkles.
Targeted chemical peels like the SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Peel are particularly clever at targeting issues such as fine lines and wrinkles. The AlphaRet peel is excellent if you’ve had too much sun over the years and need to slough away some of the damage. It’s also a great anti-ageing all-rounder and effectively softens fine lines. The beauty of a chemical peel is that it comes in a variety of strengths so that we can target multiple skin concerns simultaneously. A course of peels will give excellent results, improving skin texture whilst at the same time brightening the skin, fading pigmentation, softening fine lines and wrinkles and improving hydration for a beautifully refreshed appearance.
Microneedling uses a motorised needling device – a pen-shaped device with a grid of tiny needles at its tip. These devices move smoothly over the skin’s surface, at speeds of up to 120 times per second, creating tiny puncture wounds that stimulate the wound-healing response producing more collagen and elastin and tightening up the skin. It’s an excellent treatment on its own, but it can also be combined with active serums to help push them deeper into the skin, optimising the results.
Best treatments for deep wrinkles, Kent
When it comes to minimising lines, particularly those on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes, Botox is a gold-standard treatment. Lines occur primarily due to genetic ageing; however, sun damage or smoking can also result in creases that are deeper and more difficult to treat. Botox injections can lessen the appearance of wrinkles but may not eradicate the lines completely. In this case, we may combine Botox with energy-based treatments like Profound RF, dermal fillers, or microneedling.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be injected to plump up and fill static lines. The injected HA absorbs water like a sponge and fills out the wrinkles, whilst plumping up the skin, making it appear more rejuvenated.
Depending on the type of facial filler you have and the area you treat, you can expect the effects to last for 6-24 months.
Profound RF Skin Resurfacing
Emerge with the smoothest skin going after a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency. The combination of the two allows us to create micro channels in the skin, which alone would trigger a regenerative healing response, but the magic happens when a tiny pulse of radiofrequency is also deposited in the skin through the needles. It supercharges the firming and plumping of the skin.
Profound RF is a radiofrequency microneedling device that is four times more powerful than its competitors. It provides a visible tightening, contouring effect across the lower face and neck, making it a highly effective solution for eliminating deep lines and sagging.
Profhilo is an injectable skin booster, and unlike facial fillers and Botox, it is not designed to add volume to the skin or restrict movement in the facial muscles. Instead, it contains high levels of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring compound that helps improve tone, texture and elasticity. Profhilo is usually administered into the skin in five key areas (when administered to the face):
- The tops of cheeks
- Side of the face
- Lines around the mouth
- Nasolabial folds and laughter lines
It can also be used to improve the appearance of the skin around the neck, chest and décolletage.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.