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May 26, 2020

How can you tell your crows feet from your glabellar lines

Amaze your girlfriends, family and physicians with your knowledge of wrinkles and how to make them less noticeable

If you are considering a treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it’s a good idea to get up to speed on your wrinkle vocabulary. Your aesthetic provider may use a lot of long words when discussing your options and understanding this lingo will go a long way toward helping you choose the best procedure for your individual needs.

Botox

Botox is the brand name for a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It has many aesthetic and therapeutic uses. In aesthetics, Botox blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles, essentially deleting them for a minimum of three months.

As of 2020, there are four FDA-approved toxins for cosmetic uses available in the US: Botox Cosmetic® (Allergan), Dysport® (Galderma), Xeomin® (Merz Aesthetics), and Jeuveau® (Evolus).

Canthal lines

Also known as crow’s feet, canthal lines are the fine wrinkles that form on the outer corners of your eyes from squinting, laughing, and smiling.

Collagen

The main structural protein found in skin, collagen is responsible for the supple elastic properties most associated with youthful skin.[1] Our natural stores of collagen decline with advancing age, leading to wrinkles. Many of today’s anti-aging treatments such as Sofwave hifu ultrasound work by boosting our natural collagen supply under the skin’s surface, filling wrinkles from the inside out.

[1] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/collagen

Crow’s feet

Also known as canthal lines, crow’s feet are wrinkles that form on the outside corners of your eyes. They can be targeted by Botox Cosmetic® (Allergan) Dysport® (Galderma), Xeomin® (Merz Aesthetics), and Jeuveau® (Evolus).

Dynamic wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are caused by contraction of muscles (think squinting, frowning, laughing) that are attached to the overlying skin, forming lines. Dynamic wrinkles most commonly occur between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the outside corners of the eyes.

Elastin

Like collagen, elastin is a protein that gives the skin its springy, elastic qualities. Our natural supply of elastin dwindles with advancing age, setting the stage for wrinkles. Some energy-based anti-aging treatments, such as Sofwave that uses a unique form of ultrasound waves, stimulate production of elastin under the surface to smooth skin and reduce wrinkles.

Glabellar lines

Sometimes called the “eleven” lines, glabellar lines are vertical creases that develop between your eyebrows as a result of frowning, scowling, or other repetitive facial expressions. These are form of dynamic wrinkles (see above).

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in almost every cell in our body, including skin cells, but our supply decreases as we age. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture in to keep skin plump, soft, and dewy. Hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue fillers such as Restylane® (Galderma), Juvéderm® (Allergan)  Belotero (Merz Aesthetics) can be used to fill under-eye wrinkles, plump lips, augment the cheeks and many other facial areas.

Marionette lines

Marionette lines run straight downward from the corners of your mouth. They can form as facial volume begins to deplete. As the cheeks droop over time, jowl wrinkles form.

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Nuromodulators

Neuromodulator is the umbrella term for botulinum toxins – commercially known in aesthetics as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau, at least in the US. There are many more variations that are available in other countries. Some people also refer to this class of drugs as neurotoxins or simply toxins.

Radiofrequency  

Radiofrequency is one of several energy-based modalities that can help improve skin quality and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are many medical devices on the market that use RF energy, and more recently, those that utilize RF with microneedling.

Rhytids

This is the medical term for wrinkles in the skin. [2]

Smoker’s lines

These are the tiny vertical wrinkles that form on the top of your upper lip and run upward toward your nose. They are commonly associated with the puckering of the lips that occurs when sucking on a cigarette. These are considered dynamic wrinkles (see above).

Static wrinkles

Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles occur when collagen and elastin are broken down by the sun, smoking and genetics. Static wrinkles appear all the time, whereas dynamic wrinkles (see above) tend to occur [3]

Ultrasound

An energy-based modality that uses sound waves, ultrasound sends heat into the skin to help your body enhance collagen production. The next-generation ultrasound technology for treating wrinkles and saggy skin is Sofwave®.  With this unique energy-based treatment, the ultrasonic waves target the mid-dermal layer rather than the deeper layers to reduce the discomfort and side effects seen with older ultrasound technologies. The wrinkle-reducing results can be seen after a single treatment.

Find out more about Sofwave a breakthrough ultrasound technology for treating fine lines and wrinkles without the need for injections of fillers and toxins.

[1] https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/wrinkles#wrinkle-types

[2] https://www.realself.com/question/exeter-nh-rhytids

[3] https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/wrinkles

 

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