What Causes Wrinkles?
As we age, we inevitably develop wrinkles. The body’s ability to produce natural oils decreases. The skin becomes drier and more fragile. Fat deposits under the skin also decrease leading to sagging skin, hence the formation of lines and wrinkles. Repetitive facial expressions can also lead to wrinkle formation. These include but are not limited to smiling, squinting, and raising the eyebrows. With aging, the ability of the skin to bounce back to its resting position decreases, leading to permanent grooves in the skin surface.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body which helps to not only keep bones and joints healthy, but keeps the skin looking youthful. In the skin, it lies between the top layer (epidermis) and the subcutaneous tissue. Its production in the skin decreases with aging, leading to loss of structure. Factors that enhance collagen breakdown include:
- UV light exposure
- Stress – increased stress leads to an increase in cortisol production which leads to a decrease in collagen production
- Unhealthy habits:
- Smoking – nicotine narrows the blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the skin
- Diet- an unhealthy diet leads to lack of vital nutrients needed to maintain healthy skin
- Pollution – though unavoidable at times, traffic pollution is very toxic to skin. It causes inflammation and an over absorption of collagen in the body; more than the body can replenish
How can wrinkles be treated or prevented?
Fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with neuromodulators. The most common and well known brand is Botox. Xeomin, Jeuveau and Dysport are other neuromodulators that can be used and work in the same way as Botox. These neurotoxins are injected with a fine needle to target the skeletal muscles and inhibit them from contracting. By inhibiting muscle contraction, the formation of wrinkles on the surface of the skin is also inhibited. The effects are temporary and typically last 3-4 months. The duration and effects of treatments are also dose dependent.
- Wrinkles between the brows
- Forehead Lines
- Crow’s Feet
- Lip Flip for thin inward curled lips
- Bunny lines on the nose
Lip Flip/Gummy Smile $125
Expected appointment time: 15-30 minutes. * New clients can expect a longer appointment
Before and After
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and desired results may require multiple treatments.
Most frequent questions and answers
Pain is very subjective so everyone’s experience will vary. The vast majority of clients describe the injections as a pinch. A very small fine needle is used; as such one should expect minimal discomfort. No local anesthetic is used; however if needed we can utilize various methods to help make the experience a more pleasurable one.
When you first come in for a consultation your needs will be addressed. Realistic expectations will be set. For some fine lines and wrinkles, neuromodulator treatment will be sufficient. In other cases, other alternatives may need to be employed to aid in static wrinkles (wrinkles that remain apparent at rest). These may include a chemical peel, dermal filler, or skin resurfacing treatments
Again everyone responds differently. Some people start seeing effects within the first 3-5 days. We encourage you to wait at least 12 days (14 days optimal) to see the effects of your treatment.
On average, results last 3-4 months. It is important to mention that everyone responds differently to medications. As such, some people may see results lasting more or less time than the average time. Dose is directly related to duration of results. As the practitioner becomes more acquainted with your personal response, the dose can be adjusted accordingly to meet your needs.
At La Touche Élite Aesthetics, we highly encourage clients to follow up with their two week post treatment appointment. This will provide the opportunity to address any further needs and assess each client’s response to their treatment.
Gone are the days of looking at someone and knowing they had something done. At La Touche Élite Aesthetics, our goal is to utilize your natural beauty as a foundation upon which we can build natural looking results. It is our aim to ensure that you are able to still be expressive while decreasing the appearance of wrinkles.