The natural processes of the aging body are inevitable, and cause everyone to start getting facial wrinkles at some point. As we age, collagen (an essential connective protein) begins to break down and becomes less plentiful, causing the skin to become less elastic and youthful. This begins the process of wrinkling and sagging skin, two major signs of aging. The aging process is different for everyone, and depends on a number of different factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and diet. Because the skin and body as a whole are affected by a myriad of factors every day, there are many ways in which wrinkling can be influenced. Here are some of the weird ways you could be accelerating the aging process—without even knowing it.
In the era of smartphones and computers, we spend much of our day staring at screens—and that may not be the best for our faces. Dynamic wrinkles are those caused by repetitive facial movements, and spending so much time in front of screens can force more wrinkles to occur in the eye and forehead area faster. Take a break from the screen when you can, or at least be conscious of your facial movements.
Smoking is one of the top causes of wrinkling, and it can have a dramatic impact on the aging process. There are so many reasons smoking is bad for you, but it’s undisputable that it has some major consequences for your skin. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels, denying them oxygen and nutrients, while the smoke breaks down collagen and the hundreds of toxins in cigarettes contribute even more to the issue of wrinkling, sagging skin, and a dull complexion.
We all know at this point that sunlight is skin’s number one enemy, but you may not know that this is not limited to the outdoors only. While some glass is made to filter out UV rays, it’s not very common, and you need to be aware of the harmful effects of the sun when sitting near windows or driving. The effects of the sun through the window are not diminished, and can cause wrinkling, sagging skin, “sun spots,” and skin cancer. Invest in some UV-screening window film or wear sunscreen when you’re worried that indoor activities could be influencing sun damage.
Not sleeping itself—getting enough quality rest is vital to keeping wrinkles away, but there are some things that can occur while you’re getting some shuteye that can make wrinkling worse. First sleeping on your side or stomach can make you get facial wrinkles from your pillow over time, which is why many sources suggest using a silk or satin pillowcase or sleeping on your back. Side sleeping has yet another hazard: wrinkling in the chest and décolletage area. Gravity can cause deep, vertical wrinkles between the breasts over time for people who sleep on their sides, and again, the best solution is to sleep on your back, especially if you have a fuller bust. Finally, remember to make sure your skin is clean and moisturized before heading to bed—residual makeup left on overnight on a regular basis can have an impact on aging over time.
Diet has a huge impact on skin quality, and one of the biggest culprits for aging is sugar and foods that are converted into sugar by the body, such as simple carbohydrates. Sugar attacks collagen, weakening it and making it less supple, which can lead to dull, prematurely wrinkled skin. As if you didn’t need more reasons to skip the sugary treats!
Stress is killer, and it affects nearly every aspect of our well-being, including the skin. Hormones play a big role in skin aging, and stress can affect hormone levels in a negative way. Stress also damages cells, which, over time, affects overall skin aesthetics.
Slowing and Reversing Damage
While there’s no way to stop aging entirely, there are some ways you can slow the process and reverse some of the damage that’s been done to your skin. There are a number of different cosmetic treatments available to control wrinkles or stimulate collagen production, ranging from minimally invasive and temporary, to offering deep, long-term results. Some treatments include:
- Botox andDysport (Dynamic wrinkles)
- Dermal Fillers (Static wrinkles and volume loss)
- Chemical Peels (Skin quality/overall aging)
- Laser Resurfacing (In-depth skin quality/overall aging)
- Fat Transfer (Wrinkles and volume loss)
- Thermage (Sagging skin)
- Microdermabrasion (Skin quality)
- Plastic Surgery (Wrinkles and sagging skin)
The treatment that’s right for you all depends on your needs, budget, lifestyle, and candidacy. Only an expert can help you make decisions about your treatment, which is where your plastic surgeon comes in. But how do you choose an anti-aging specialist you can trust? First, make sure your prospective providers are board certified and experienced. During your consultations, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon you choose.
If you’re looking for an expert provider in Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our expert, board certified surgeons to discuss your needs. Our specialists offer a wide range of skin treatments, and are standing by to help you get the results you want. Call our offices today at 866-487-3223 to schedule your free consultation.