Aging is a natural part of life, but it’s not one to look forward to. The formation of wrinkles is a specific part of aging that many dread. You certainly can’t stop the clock, but it would be nice if you didn’t have to see the effects time has on your body. To a large extent, your face is connected to your identity, it’s how people recognize you and how people read your emotions. And while your face in no way determines your intrinsic self-worth, you’d probably agree that it’s nice to keep a youthful appearance.
The best way to look younger for longer is to take good care of yourself and specifically your skin. While doing so won’t undo damage that’s already been done, it’s the easiest way to get the most out of any other anti-aging treatments you undergo.
Why Does Our Skin Age?
Skin ages for a number of reasons. Natural aging with no external factors influencing it is relatively minimal. However, exposed areas of the skin (like your face, hands and neck) get damaged by external elements and tends to age faster and more visibly.
Prolonged exposure to UV rays is certainly one of the most harmful causes of aging. Skin damage caused by overexposure to sunlight is what causes clearly visible wrinkles to form sooner. But while too much sun exposure and getting sunburned speed up the aging process, the wrinkles that form due to sun damage usually form on areas of the face that move a lot. The result is that many people mistakingly believe that preventable wrinkles are just a natural part of aging and moving the face.
And while it’s true that you can’t entirely avoid sun exposure (there are many health benefits directly associated with getting out in the sun for limited amounts of time every day) you can certainly prevent aging from occurring too soon by using sunblock and avoiding sunburn and harsh sunlight whenever possible.
Unfortunately though, genetics can also play a big part in aging. For instance, lighter skin is more sensitive to sunlight, meaning people with fair skins often look old sooner than people with naturally tanned-looking complexions. Of course there’s nothing you can do if you happen to have a light skin that sunburns easily, except to be more cautious about getting in the sun.
The good news remains that avoiding sunburn is a relatively fool proof way to avoid all signs of aging, including dark marks and unevenness.
Getting Rid of Fine Lines
There’s no substitute for taking good care of your skin. However, many people already see fine lines on their faces before the age of 25. In most cases, these fine lines won’t go away by avoiding too much sun exposure, following a healthy diet or using anti-aging products on the skin. Some of the first areas where fine lines can form on the face include the forehead and the area between your eyebrows.
One of the most popular treatments for getting rid of wrinkles (especially on the forehead area) is to use Botox. Botox helps by inhibiting excessive movements in the facial muscles. This helps to prevent fine lines from forming in the most common problem areas on the face.
However, Botox isn’t only good for getting rid of fine lines. Surprisingly enough, Botox is also effective in treating problems more serious than aging, such as migraines and excessive sweating.
Just remember, the effects of Botox lasts between 3-6 months, so don’t expect permanent treatment from this procedure. It will need to be repeated whenever the effects wear off.
Botox Treatment in Fort Lauderdale
When getting Botox, it’s important to discuss your desired outcome and visit a professional who can give you honest advice and recommendations regarding whether or not you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Looking to get Botox but you’re unsure about who to see? Feel free to visit Dr. Stone’s practice to schedule a consultation.