Wrinkles are a natural result of the ageing process. As we age, our body’s stores of collagen and elastin (the building blocks of support and elasticity of our skin) are depleted and as a result, our skin becomes thinner. The development of wrinkles is multifactorial – genetics plays a significant role with our genes strongly influencing how likely we are to develop wrinkles. Other more modifiable factors can also contribute to premature ageing and development of wrinkles, including excessive sun exposure, smoking, as well as a poor diet.
The commonest facial areas to develop wrinkles when ageing include the eye area (forming crow’s feet), the forehead and between the eyebrows (frown lines) – repeated small contractions of the facial muscles which occur when frowning, smiling and squinting contribute to the development of wrinkles in this area.
Frown lines are the furrows or wrinkles that develop between the eyebrows and are often referred to as glabella lines. These can contribute to the person looking cross or angry outwardly, without meaning to.
Forehead lines are the wrinkles that develop as a result of a repeated contraction of the frontalis muscle which is responsible for raising and lowering of the eyebrows.
Crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes are often the first sign of ageing. The skin in this area is thin, even in the young, so this area is often more affected by the loss of collagen and elastin during the ageing process.
Dr. Fiona will assess your facial structure during your initial consultation and discuss the best treatment option depending on your area of concern.