GRADING WRINKLES

Although they are considered signs of aging, wrinkles do not always express your true biological age. In some instances, a person’s first wrinkles may appear as early as when they are just entering their 20s. How early wrinkles develop in an individual relies on a number of factors.

What causes the appearance of wrinkles?

Genetics plays an important but not definitive role. Other factors are involved in the formation of wrinkles:

  • Long term exposure to UV rays. This has a negative impact on skin health.
  • Cold temperatures, which cause a decrease of blood circulation to the skin. This causes the temporary closure of peripheral vessels, making the process of eliminating toxins slower.
  • High or low temperatures and aridity, which leads to dehydration of the skin and a lower production of sebum.

How can I prevent wrinkles?

Preventing wrinkles involves reducing exposure to the above-mentioned factors, the application of sunscreen/sunblock, the application of moisturizers suitable for your skin, and avoiding exposure to unfavourable environments. BOTOX Toronto treatment can also help eliminate and prevent wrinkles.

How does skin retain moisture?

Moisturizers help prevent skin dehydration, and they are particularly important for those of us advancing in age. Women who have experienced menopause will also find that hydration becomes very difficult because of a reduced number of hormones that are vital in sebum production.Most moisturizers are based on different types of oils and work by helping to retain moisture / water in the skin, keeping it hydrated. These products can be very effective, especially as the skin ages and the ability to attract moisture decreases. The ability to retain moisture is provided by natural humectants (substances that attract and maintain moisture). However, mature skin normally does not contain a sufficient amount of humectants.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of healthy skin and plays an important role in its hydration. Tissues with collagen are composed of a mixture consisting of water, proteins and Hyaluronic acid. This gelatinous mixture is useful in the transport of essential nutrients to the skin cells. Hyaluronic acid is present in large amounts in young skin, but with time, free radicals (molecules resulting from chemical agents that enter the body, damaging healthy cells) destroy stocks of Hyaluronic acid. So, by the age of 50 years, people normally lose 50% of the Hyaluronic acid they had when they were younger. Refreshing your skin with hyaluronic acid will assist in its ability to heal, as well as fend off the signs of aging. A moisturizer should also be regularly applied, allowing nutrients to be transported to the skin so that the entire regeneration process will not be compromised.

Wrinkles are the most noticeable signs of the aging process. Where once the skin was smooth and taut, it is now wrinkled and lined, perhaps even undesirably loose. Sure, some wrinkles add “character” to the face, be it around the eyes (crow’s feet and glabellar lines) or around the mouth (laugh lines and nasolabial folds), but these creases only deepen with every passing year and we no longer look at them affectionately.

Instead, most of us try to hide them with makeup. But of course, makeup can only do so much and can sometime make the problem worse by highlighting the area of concern. (That’s why BOTOX is so popular!)

A wrinkle in the skin happens due to the changing structure in its layers, which are brought about by such factors as lapsed time, trauma (this includes disease and specific lifestyle choices, like smoking and drinking alcohol excessively), genetics and the impact of our environment. Hormones and the gravitational force also are considered factors. These changes aren’t just on the very surface of the skin; they happen deeper, at the dermis and subcutaneous levels. As a result, a wrinkle appears as a result of profound structural change, and for this reason this type of blemish can’t be simply erased. You can’t just put on some makeup and hope that this will erase the problem. You need something that actually changes the structure of your skin, and that is what cosmetic medicine has researched and explored for so many decades. As a primary concern for many women and men in our society, it’s also the most common aesthetic problem that the medical staff at Skin Vitality treats.

Popular research has found that there are 4 types of wrinkles, as classified by the location in which the wrinkles form, the type of structural changes that occur in the skin, and the way in which they form. It is usually a combination of the aforementioned factors that contribute to the formation of wrinkles, whatever type they may be.

Grading the Severity of a Wrinkle

Not all wrinkles are the same as well. While we often refer to any crease in the skin as a “wrinkle”, these creases differ greatly in severity. Some may just be a fine line that’s barely noticeable, while others are deep grooves that get even deeper when the muscles underneath the area contract, as is the case with dynamic wrinkles like frown lines across the forehead and between the eyebrows. There are really many types of wrinkles and the medical field is able to distinguish each. There are grades, starting from 0, where there is no crease or line in the skin at all.

Grade 1

is distinguished by a wrinkle that is very faint. This type is generally a sign of things to come, as the factors of wrinkle development come in to play to make it more prominent. You may notice Grade 1 wrinkles in your teen years, or even younger, when repeated facial expressions achieved by the facial muscles begin to leave their mark as certain lines on the face.

Grade 2

is a shallow wrinkle. While it is still faint, the wrinkle is more noticeable. This can happen as early as your teens, particularly if there is a dramatic loss of “baby fat” on the face. Many shallow wrinkles develop in your 20s.

Grade 3

is a more obvious wrinkle that has now ballooned so that it has become part of a group of more wrinkles. They are obvious when you are not making any expression at all. This generally happens in your 20s, and is definite in your 30s. Finally we get to Grade 4.

Grade 4

Wrinkles that are classified as Grade 4 are very obvious and dense, and exist even when not making a facial expression. It is very important to note that these wrinkles are part of a matrix of wrinkles. This can be considered a concern for men and women in their 40s and beyond.Of course the ages given for each grade aren’t for everyone.

The nurses and doctors and Skin Vitality have met with patients who have Grade 1 wrinkles even in their 40s – it’s really just how well you take care of your skin and what kind of lifestyle habits you possess. And anyway, our job is to take a Grade 4 wrinkle and make it a Grade 1 or even 0. Don’t believe it? This is possible with a few of our nonsurgical skincare treatments!

You can Look up to 10 Years Younger with our help. Get rid of your wrinkles with treatments that actually change the structure of your skin, allowing you to have the ability to rejuvenate and revitalize your face and feel great about it! Talk to us about Toronto BOTOX treatment.

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