Wrinkles are a normal part of aging, but did you know you could be causing wrinkles to develop sooner and progress faster because of simple things you do every day? You may be surprised at some of the everyday activities that worsen wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know about wrinkle development and how a plastic surgeon can help you turn back the hands of time:
- Pursing Your Lips
Smoking is a well-known risk factor when it comes to wrinkles, due to the toxins in the smoke, but most people overlook the way that the repetitive action of pursing the lips can cause wrinkles around the mouth. Cigarettes aren’t the only lip wrinkle culprits. Drinking from a straw or a water bottle causes you to purse your lips in the same way you would if you were smoking, which fosters those lip lines. Try to drink your beverages from a glass to lessen lip wrinkles. For existing lip creases, a cosmetic surgeon can use dermal fillers and Botox to make them less apparent. Dr. Joseph Perlman, a board-certified plastic surgeon with 30 years of experience states "a very small amount of Botox and filler will help soften the upper lip wrinkle lines. I often combined this with a fractional CO2 laser peel. Using these three modalities makes a significant difference."
Squinting your eyes is a surefire way to bring on crow’s feet. Keep your eyes wide open by making sure your prescription for your glasses or contacts is up-to-date and always wear sunglasses when you’re outside. Eye lifts, Botox, and dermal fillers can help treat existing eye wrinkles. "Usually the crow’s feet on the left side of the face are more noticeable because this is the side that receives most sunlight when people are driving," says Dr. Perlman.
- Sleeping on Your Face
Stomach- and side-sleepers may see wrinkles develop earlier than back-sleepers. Try to train yourself to fall asleep without pressing your face into your pillow to reduce overall facial wrinkles. A cosmetic surgeon can perform a face lift to treat the all-over wrinkles that have already appeared.
- Keep well hydrated
The importance of keeping your skin and your body well hydrated cannot be over emphasized. "As we age, our ability to retain moisture in ourselves decreases" says Dr. Perlman. Even in a humid climate like Houston’s, it is important to keep your skin well moisturized. Patients with oily skin can use a water-based moisturizer.”
If you want to achieve a younger appearance, call the Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre of Houston at (281) 394-4167 today. We offer a range of plastic surgery procedures to help you tackle your wrinkles, from skin rejuvenation to face lifts. Schedule an appointment today and find out how we can help you.