Wrinkles: Why they appear and what you can do about them
When we are young, we don’t think about the changes to our bodies that come with aging. However, the carefreeness of youth soon turns into maturity, coupled with knowledge acquired over the years and the diverse experiences of life. However, these quite positive changes also become visible on our bodies, for example through the addition of wrinkles on our faces.
On the one hand, we feel good in our skin, because we have success and receive recognition in the professional as well as private sphere. On the other hand, we also see our own past in our children or even already in our grandchildren. We admire their rosy skin and plump cheeks. Small wrinkles that appear on their faces when they laugh happily smooth out immediately afterwards.
Unfortunately, this has long since ceased to be the case with ourselves. Whereas a few years ago we might have been happy about laughter lines in the corners of our eyes – after all, they show that we have a sense of humor – today we are annoyed by forehead wrinkles that can no longer be smoothed out, or by furrows in the corners of our mouths and small, vertical wrinkles on our upper lips.
How you can put a stop to wrinkles
Everyone knows the pictures of old people sitting together on a bench and having a chat. Regardless of whether these images come from memories of one’s own life or from photographs, they show us vividly the signs of time gone by. Sometimes it seems as if the wealth of experience is read through the existing wrinkles in our faces. But we are not trees whose age can be read off from rings!
Expand your wealth of experience with experiences and talk about them. But don’t let your age show on your face. In this article we will show you what you can personally do against wrinkles and how we can support you. Because in order to successfully counteract the formation of wrinkles, it is important to know your skin in detail.
Structure and functions of the skin
The skin is of great importance as it is our interface with the outside world. The skin is our largest and most vital organ, which is also very sensitive: For example, if 1/3 of the skin is destroyed due to burns, the person dies. This is due to the functions that the skin performs in our organism.
The skin consists of three layers: The epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. The epidermis consists of different cell types and is responsible, among other things, for the formation of melanin, which gives us our skin color and serves as light protection.
In the dermis there are pain, pressure, cold and heat receptors, which are significantly responsible for the perception of our environment through these sensory organs. In addition, sweat and sebaceous glands are located here in the dermis as well as in the subcutis. The subcutis also contains hair roots, lymphatic and blood vessels. It consists of conjunctival and fatty tissue, which is permeated by strong fibers of the dermis.
Interesting facts about our skin
Human skin is between one and a half and four millimeters thick. On average, an adult has a total of around 1.7 square meters of body surface – in other words, skin. And this weighs between ten and 14 kilograms on average. The skin plays an essential role in our metabolism, in regulating heat and cold, and in our usually successful immune defense. It has sophisticated defense mechanisms against external danger and is amazingly adaptable. However, its elasticity decreases over time and then the unloved wrinkles form.
Our skin allows us sensory perceptions through the sensitivity on its surface. This includes, for example, touch, but also the sensation of heat and cold, as well as the feeling of pain. It can also “communicate” with the outside world. If the appearance of the skin changes – for example, through a blush or sudden paleness – our counterpart usually recognizes that we are embarrassed, for example, or that something is wrong with us.
Skin contact and touch are vital to the survival of babies and young children. And young people as well as adults develop social relationships through physical contact, among other things. The fact that our skin is dear to us is also shown by the many idioms that have been formed over centuries and revolve around the topic of skin: Someone is thin-skinned, goes off the deep end easily or has just escaped with their skin intact.
A lady has a distinguished pallor or is about to go off the deep end. A man wants to save his own skin, not be in someone else’s skin, or can’t get out of his own skin. And then, of course, there are the wrinkles that so many patients of the Skin Doctor frown at the sight of their own skin.
So how and why do wrinkles develop?
Wrinkles occur due to intrinsic and extrinsic aging of the skin. Intrinsic aging, i.e. aging over time, is due to the genetically reduced ability to react sensitively. In addition, wrinkles develop with advancing age because the connection between the dermis and the subcutis loosens as the above-mentioned fibers no longer hold together as strongly.
Another reason for the appearance of wrinkles is the slowed cell division of the connective tissue cells and fibers of the dermis. Decreased regeneration of the collagen in them, which gives the skin its stability, and elastin, which allows it to stretch, leads to loss of tone and elasticity. Another accelerating factor for visible skin aging is due to thinning of subcutaneous fatty tissue. Due to this process, the skin dries out and loses its regenerative capacity.
The final, but not insignificant, factor in intrinsic skin aging is decreasing muscle tone and the resulting facial expression lines that appear on the face. Extrinsic aging, also called environmental or light aging, refers to the environmental factors to which we, and especially our skin, are exposed. These include UV radiation, chemical influences and mechanical stress. UV radiation in particular, which we cannot completely escape, affects the epidermis and dermis.
UVA and UVB radiation causes damage to the skin cells of the epidermis, which can lead to skin cancer. The longer wavelength UVA radiation penetrates deeper into the skin, thus affecting the dermis as well. The sun’s rays produce singlet oxygen in the dermis, which in turn causes the production of enzymes that both damage collagen, which reduces the skin’s firmness, and cause elastin to swell, resulting in loss of elasticity.
In summary, it can be concluded that the development of wrinkles and folds is due to several factors, as a result of which the skin becomes drier, thinner and less capable of regeneration.
How to prevent and treat wrinkles
Some of the damaging influences mentioned above can be avoided. For example, if you take care not to expose your skin to severe cold and heat and avoid stress, you can counteract the formation of wrinkles due to external influences. Also, pay attention to your personal behavior, as these factors are equally important for healthy and young skin. Accelerating factors for skin aging are unbalanced diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and inappropriate skin care.
To prevent the formation of wrinkles help chemical, mechanical and laserPeelings. However, if disturbing wrinkles have already developed, a piece of youth can be regained with the right treatment, because to counteract the signs of time, there is fortunately a large variety of options nowadays:
According to the type and degree of wrinkling, we can perform individually adapted therapies with different methods. These range from naturopathic procedures of mesotherapy, to injections and body contouring, to auto-cell therapy. Together with you, the right therapy method will be chosen according to your wishes and needs. Make it difficult for the hobby wrinkle readers to keep busy and combine the positive sides of any age: the appearance of youth, the success of maturity and the experiences of old age.
Dr. D. Fuchs and his colleagues successfully draw on this same wealth of experience and make you look as young as you feel again.
Promising treatment options against wrinkles
Dr. Fuchs and his experienced practice team offer patients seeking help a variety of therapies that can greatly reduce or even smooth wrinkles. Here we list just a few examples:
Targeted skin tightening can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. An innovative procedure is used that models the skin’s collagen, giving it back a fresher appearance. The methods used include infrared light, laser and Radiofrequency.
With the help of a dermaroller, tiny needles penetrate up to two millimeters deep into the skin layer, resulting in extremely fine injuries. These in turn trigger a natural process in the body – the regeneration and healing of the skin. In the process, the skin produces new cells. As a result, it appears plumped up and younger. Wrinkles can be smoothed or at least greatly reduced.
Those who specifically want to have wrinkles in the area of the face and neck smoothed out should think about a thread lift. Sagging cheeks or even the typical furrows between the wings of the nose and the corners of the mouth can be lifted with this procedure. Wrinkles around the eyes can also be lifted. Overall, the method leads to a fresher and younger appearance, as the skin becomes smoother and firmer.
Benefit from the wealth of experience of Dr. Fuchs and his trained practice team. The experts know all about wrinkles and what you can do about them. Make an appointment today and say goodbye to your wrinkles soon!