Getting Rid of Wrinkles

As much as we try to have perfect skin, there are certain natural “flaws” we can’t avoid — wrinkles being one of them. Wrinkles are essentially folds or creases that develop as a result of the collagen and elastic fibers in the skin losing their elasticity. One major factor that affects these parts of the skin is age.

 

As we grow older, our skin cells don’t divide and regenerate as quickly. This slowly causes our skin to lose its ability to heal quickly and generate natural oils, resulting in a dry and wrinkly appearance.

 

The ultraviolet rays in sunlight also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. When the skin is exposed to too much sun, the collagen and elastic fibers of the skin are eroded. This speeds up the aging progress and causes the skin to wrinkle and become stiff.

 

Wrinkles can also be caused by something as simple as the way we position our faces. Repeated facial expressions like smirking, frowning, or smiling, lead to the development of wrinkles by causing grooves to form underneath our skin. Over time, these grooves begin to appear as permanent facial features.

 

Activities like smoking can also put you at risk for developing wrinkles. According to MayoClinic.org, smoking speeds up the skin’s aging process. Cigarettes contain nicotine, a substance that stifles blood flow to your skin, preventing oxygen and vitamin A from nourishing the outer layers. The smoke from cigarettes also damages the skin’s collagen and elastic fibers.

 

Luckily, modern medicine offers several options for people who want to get rid of wrinkles. Topical medications like retinoids and anti-wrinkle creams are applied directly to the skin and contain antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acid, and substances derived from Vitamin A, each of which help to smooth out wrinkles and reduce rough skin.

 

Surgery is also an option for wrinkle reduction. Laser treatment surgery combats wrinkles by heating the dermis and stimulating new collagen fiber growth, allowing new, smoother skin to form. Treatment is also available in the form of Botox, or Botulinum Toxin Type A, a formula injected into the skin’s muscles that keeps them from tightening. When these muscles can’t contract, the skin looks less wrinkled. Procedures like dermabrasion and chemical peeling help to remove wrinkles by destroying some of the outermost layers of skin. When these layers are gone, more elastic skin begins growing in its place.

 

If you’re looking for help with your wrinkles, please contact Vein and Skin Laser Centers at 404-508-4320 to see what treatment is right for you.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/wrinkles/cosmetic-procedures-wrinkles

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/basics/treatment/con-20029887

 

 


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | January 2, 2015


Getting the Leg Up on Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common venous disorder that affects the body’s blood vessels. Known scientifically as telangiectasias or vascular ectasias, spider veins, like varicose veins, are dilated blood vessels, except they are smaller and much more close to skin. The veins often occur across the legs, feet, and face, specifically around the cheeks, chin, and nose, usually in the form of thin red or blue lines or webs, hence their name.

 

Spider veins are caused by increased pressure in the veins. When a valve becomes weak or defective, blood flows backward and collects in the veins. The resulting increase in pressure, called venous hypertension, weakens the blood vessel wall. This causes the veins to enlarge and twist. Larger blood vessels swell into varicose veins, while smaller veins become spider veins.

 

Although doctors have explanation as to what’s intravenously causing the condition,it can be difficult to pinpoint why they occur in each individual. For example, doctors and medical researchers often cite heredity as a major factor in developing both spider and varicose veins, but are sometimes unable to offer any insight as to why the veins occur other than if the condition runs in the family of a person, then that individual is more susceptible.

 

A number of other factors may place patients at risk. For fairer skinned individuals, excessive sun exposure can cause spider veins to appear on the nose and cheeks. Overweight people, because of the pressure that extra pounds place on the legs, feet, and joints, are also susceptible to the development of spider veins. If you’re inactive during the day or have a profession that forces you to stand or sit for long periods of time, you may also be at risk for spider veins.

 

Women and the elderly develop spider veins most often. As age increases, the valves and walls in your veins get weaker, increasing the risk of spider veins appearing. In women, hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy are contributing factors as well.

 

While they are rather unsightly, spider veins are not life-threatening, though the aching and burning sensations spider veins may cause in some individuals can be bothersome. If seeking a solution, Vein and Skin Laser Center offers sclerotherapy. The procedure involves injecting a solution in the affected veins. The blood in the injected vessels begins to clot and the vessels themselves swell up and stick together. The veins then become scar tissue, which fades over time.

 

If you want to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you, visit one of the Vein and Skin Laser center locations near you. Also, click here to see how our work on spider veins has improved the lives of our patients.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | January 2, 2015