Quick Fix 101

A Guide for Fine Lines & Wrinkles
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Haven’t we all imagined we would have a lit-from-within, wrinkle-free, radiant complexion forever? With the pressures of social- and media-related sources, we struggle to stay relevant using special apps with photo filters or face-tuning. While it’s easier than ever to achieve artificial radiance, is it possible to have a real glow with diminished fine lines and wrinkles?

The definition of a wrinkle, known as a rhytide, is a fold, ridge or crease in an otherwise smooth surface, such as on the skin. Many different conditions contribute to the formation of wrinkles, including age, sun exposure, artificial tanning and smoking. Some of them you can control, and some you cannot. There are lines and wrinkles that run horizontally, vertically and every which way. So, how do we prevent them?

“Understanding the aging process and how skin functions will better equip each of us to prepare for what’s to come,” said Sue Anne Pearce, Cosmetologist and Master Medical Aesthetician with Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic. “Can a wrinkle be improved or reversed? Quite honestly yes, but it won’t be a complete disappearing act. The aging process has its own timetable.”

The reality for most is that our 20s represent youthful, smooth and hydrated skin. In our 30s, we may see the first signs of fine lines around our eyes. We may start dabbling with eye creams, miracle potions or just ignore them a little bit longer. It is in our 40s, that skin texture, elasticity and pigmentation have changed. In our 50s and 60s, we play catch-up, and may ask, “What do I need to do now to make changes?” In our 70s and 80s, it is time to embrace the wisdom lines and to fully appreciate the contours of life’s beauty.

“Many of my patients have a variety of wrinkle formations,” said Pearce. “Fine lines can be better understood by knowing more about wrinkle types, which are determined by their location and depth on the skin. I reassure patients during consultations and throughout our treatment regime, that time itself will dictate the ‘what to do’ question.”

She explains that Atrophic Crinkling Rhytides are small wrinkles that look like tiny parallel lines. They appear on your face and other areas of your body as a result of certain static positions. Younger, healthier skin bounces back from these positional wrinkles, but as your skin ages, it loses that ability. This means the wrinkles remain visible even after you change positions and stretch the skin in different directions. If you pull on your skin with your hands, you can stretch out the wrinkles, but they reappear when you let go.

“Many women develop these types of wrinkles on their chest as well, from sleeping on their side,” said Pearce. “These can be tough to reverse, so you want to be sure you prevent them from getting any worse. Tallahassee Plastic Surgery recommends using ingredients full of ceramides or hyaluronic, SkinCeuticals at-home products address these concerns. Protect your skin with sunscreen and moisturize.”

Permanent Elastic Creases are caused by a lack of collagen. They are horizontal wrinkles that tend to appear on the cheeks, your upper lip and at the base of your neck. Any repeated actions that fold your skin, like looking down and wrinkling the skin across the base of your throat, can eventually create permanent elastic creases. These lines are too deep for any surface treatments to reach. One of the most effective treatments for these deep lines is Microneedling.

Dynamic Expression Lines occur when you use your muscles to form certain facial movements. Eye wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, form when you smile and when you frown, and the vertical lines between your eyebrows become more noticeable. When these dynamic wrinkles continue to stay on the skin and do not pop back to the original form, they are now called Static Wrinkles. These are lines in the face that are persistent as we mature. The natural substances that provide the skin with structure and volume have decreased. These substances include collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

“Quick Fix” Recommendations

SkinCeuticals daily at-home products provide advanced skincare backed by science to compliment aesthetic procedures. The products are formulated to prevent future damage, correct signs of aging and protect healthy skin. Pearce recommends products that contain reparative, brightening and exfoliating ingredients to help restore a healthier, balanced complexion. Pearce states that some of her favorite wrinkle ‘buster’ products are C & E Ferulic, HA Intensifier, MetaCell Renewal B3, A.G.E Interrupter, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, Glycol 10 and Physical Fusion SPF Sunscreen.

The HydraFacial is a clinical treatment providing an immediate burst of hydration and glow. It is a patented facial technology that plumps fine lines and wrinkles. The DermaBuilder TM serum is the perfect age-refining peptide complex that is designed to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhance the skin’s elasticity.

Botox is another option to soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck. The injectable solution relaxes the muscles and actually stops the muscles from contracting.

“When the muscles don’t contract, the skin over the top doesn’t crease,” Pearce said.

Dermal Fillers are for wrinkles that are deeper and larger. Fillers use hyaluronic acid and other substances injected below the surface of the skin to fill in or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness. This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips and cheeks that have lost fullness.

“We are all given fascinating and different bodies,” Pearce said. “There is no certain age that fine lines and wrinkles appear, nor is there a magic wand to remove them. We wouldn’t want to be without our wrinkles, we’ve earned them. Wrinkles show where smiles have been”


Sue Anne Pearce

Cosmetologist and Master Medical Aesthetician

Tallahassee Plastic Surgery | 2452 Mahan Drive, Suite 101 Tallahassee, Florida 32308 | (850) 877-2126 | tlhplasticsurgery.com

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