5 Interesting Facts About Wrinkles

Written by Dr. Sean Maguire on February 12, 2015

What are the two types of wrinkles? Did you know that there are two types of wrinkles? If not, keep reading. Here, Dr. Sean Maguire of Physician’s Center for Beauty shares five interesting facts about wrinkles — including how to help delay their development.

#1: Not all wrinkles are the same. There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles develop over time as a result of repeated muscle movement. For example, nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the outside corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth) develop after many years of smiling; that’s why they are often referred to as “smile” lines.

Static wrinkles occur as a result of hereditary traits, environmental factors, certain lifestyle habits (see below) or the natural aging process.

#2: Smoking dramatically hastens the onset wrinkles. Most people know that smoking leads to premature signs of aging, but do you know why? First, smoking robs the blood of oxygen, which is essential for healthy skin. Second, it constricts the blood vessels, making it difficult for them to carry what little oxygen is in the blood stream to cells, including skin cells. Third, smoking introduces destructive chemicals into the blood stream, which attack collagen and elastin, two proteins that are vital for elastic skin. Without these proteins, the skin starts to sag. All these side effects lead to dull, dry, saggy skin. In addition, the repeated motion of pursing the lips around the end of a cigarette causes dynamic wrinkles to form around the mouth.

#3: Sun overexposure doesn’t help either. Although a suntan might look good for a few weeks, the lasting effects of sun exposure don’t look as great. Frequently exposing the skin to the sun without proper protection (i.e., clothing or broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15) can cause wrinkles as well as dark spots on the skin known as hyperpigmentation. Sunbathing without proper protection can also cause skin cancer.

#4: Stress also contributes to wrinkles. You might not think that stress can contribute to visible signs of aging, but it can. If you are constantly feeling stressed out, you are most likely grimacing or frowning repeatedly. This, as you now know, can lead to the development of dynamic wrinkles, such as “frown” lines (the vertical wrinkles that develop in between the eyebrows).

Learning how to manage stress is crucial for the prevention of wrinkles, and for your overall health. Taking a walk, a warm bath or some time to practice deep breathing can help you manage stress. Even hugging a loved one has been shown to reduce the effects of stress.

#5: Following a healthy diet is essential for wrinkle prevention. Eating nutritious foods is critical in helping to prevent wrinkles. For instance, eating whole foods with ample amounts of free radical-fighting antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E helps improve the skin’s texture, keeping it elastic and supple.

Avoiding junk food is also crucial in the fight against wrinkles. Consuming too much sugar activates a physiological process called glycation, which causes proteins — including collagen and elastin — to harden.

Finally, staying hydrated helps flush toxins out of the body and supports sound physiological functions, including cell repair and turnover.

Already Have Worrisome Wrinkles?

If you already suffer from worrisome wrinkles, don’t fret. Dr. Maguire offers several cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical treatment options (including BOTOX, injectable dermal fillers and laser procedures) to help combat noticeable signs of aging, including wrinkles.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Maguire and learn more about the available facial rejuvenation treatments, contact Physician’s Center for Beauty by calling (502) 897-7546.

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