how to prevent wrinkles

Wrinkles are a sign of natural ageing, but age isn't the only factor that can cause skin to crease. If you want to hold back the clock or reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, making changes to your lifestyle and giving up bad habits could be a good start.[1]

1. Avoid sun exposure

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in direct sunlight is the most common cause of skin wrinkling, as well as other signs of ageing including uneven pigmentation and broken blood vessels.[1]

Australians are particularly prone to sun damage due to our sunny climate, especially those with fair skin which wrinkles more easily than darker skin tones. Frequent sun exposure can lead to a prematurely aged appearance.[1]

To reduce the wrinkling effects of sunlight, try to avoid going out in the sun as much as possible – especially in the middle of the day – and wear protective clothing and sunscreen of at least SPF 15 if you do.[1]

2. Quit smoking

Smoking can cause fine lines to appear around the mouth, usually starting in a person's 30s or 40s. People who don't smoke tend to have fewer wrinkles than people who do. Giving up the habit could help you avoid the worst of these effects, not to mention the many other health risks related to tobacco use.[1]

3. Stop frowning and squinting

Some facial expressions have more of an impact on wrinkles than others. Frowning can cause deep wrinkles on the forehead, while squinting can cause crow's feet to form around the eyes. Trying to avoid or minimise these expressions can help your skin to stay smoother for longer.[1]

4. Cosmetic creams

Anti-wrinkle creams are widely available from pharmacies and supermarkets and may help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other age-related changes temporarily. However, their effects don't usually last for more than a day and cream will need to be reapplied regularly to maintain its effects.[1]

5. Cosmetic treatments

A longer term cosmetic option can be facial rejuvenation treatments provided by a dentist or other registered health practitioner. These include:

  • Anti-wrinkle injections – cosmetic injections that paralyse targeted muscles beneath the face and around the eyes and mouth to help smooth out the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines. Their effects can last for 6 to 9 months.[1]
  • Cosmetic injections – a filler substance injected beneath the skin in targeted areas to add volume and flatten the appearance of wrinkles. This treatment can last for 6 to 9 months, depending on the area of the face treated and the type of injection used.[1]

Anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments are prescription-only medications. They must only be provided by a registered health practitioner to lower the clinical risks. These risks can include allergic reactions to substances used, loss of power in facial muscles, headaches, swelling, bleeding, bruising and skin discolouration, among others.[2]

Your dentist will make sure you understand these possible complications and side-effects so you can make a fully informed decision about your cosmetic treatment.

Find out more about facial rejuvenation in Noosa

Are you thinking about a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines? Dr Virginia Ward at Tewantin Dental Centre is qualified to provide facial injectables at our Noosa clinic.

To find out more or book an appointment, call us on (07) 5447 1361 or make an appointment online.

References

[1] Better Health Channel. Wrinkles [Online] 2018 [Accessed March 2019] Available from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/wrinkles

[2] Better Health Channel. Cosmetic treatments - injectables [Online] 2018 [Accessed March 2019] Available from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/cosmetic-treatments-injectables