As we age, we notice our skin starts to lose its youthful appearance. One of the most common sign we see in the mirror is the appearance of wrinkles. Our once smooth face, has turned pruny.
Wrinkles develop when there is loss of skin integrity and collagen leading to thinner and less elastic skin. Loss of skin hydration also leads to fine lines especially at delicate skin areas around the eyes and lips.
These types of wrinkles are known as static wrinkles. Environmental factors such as smoking, excessive weight loss and unprotected sun exposure can accelerate the development of wrinkles.
On the other hand, a life filled with emotions (joy, sadness, anger etc) that make us animate our facial muscles to express these emotions result in dynamic wrinkles. Over the years, these dynamic wrinkles deepen. Some wrinkles will turn static (permanent) when the facial muscle is overused for a prolonged period with no intervention.
As mentioned, there are two types of wrinkles – Static & dynamic wrinkles
Both types of wrinkles can be minimized with proper sunscreen against harmful UV lights, as well as a healthy lifestyle. Your daily skincare is equally important. One of the basic skincare you need to have is your moisturizer.
If you have very dry skin, you are advised to use creams as moisturisers. As for your cleanser, do not over strip the protective oil layer from your skin, as this will result in a dry skin surface.
For Static wrinkles, anti-aging procedures such as:
lasers and skin tightening devices are utilized to stimulate collagen production in the skin to regain the elasticity and thickness of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid fillers provide intense hydration and also plump up the static furrows and lines.
For dynamic wrinkles, the gold standard treatment of choice is Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTA). BTA is a neuromodulator, approved to be used by the medical professionals for injections in minute amounts into specific facial muscles to relax them, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles caused by strong muscle contraction.
BTA is a type of protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum, an organism which exist in our natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.
The usage of BTA medically has been legally approved by other international health governing authorities. BTA has been used as a medical treatment for more than 50 years in children and adults.
It was used initially for conditions such as lazy eye (strabismus), squint (blepharospasm, and stiff neck (cervical dystonia). In 2002, it was approved for aesthetic use to improve and relax frown lines (the glabella area). In 2004, BTA was approved as a treatment for excess sweating (hyperhidrosis), and in 2010, BTA was approved for the treatment of migraine headaches.
A common misconception of Botulinum Toxin is that it paralyzes the muscles in the face. Although, this can happen with extremely large amounts of Botulinum Toxin, our doctors’ perception of beauty is to provide a harmonious looking face.
We are highly trained to inject just the right amount that allows you to animate your expression, but in a more limited manner so they do not become overactive and too deep. The effect of BTA lasts between 3 – 4 months. However, some may experience its effect until 6 months.
You should know that Botulinum Toxin is not used to prevent you from expressing yourself but to help you from making facial grimaces and frowns that are habitual and unintended. You will look happier, more approachable and harmonious looking after your procedure.