What Causes Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

A recent study found that 20% of women under age 24 use anti-wrinkle products, and more than 25% of women under age 25 regularly worry about the signs of aging. In the 25-34 age group, 42% of women worry about the signs of aging, and in the 35-44 age group, this number jumps to 54%. 

If you worry about facial lines and wrinkles, you’re clearly not alone, and here at Best Care Clinic in Clarksville, Tennessee, we understand that you want to look and feel your best at every age. That’s why at our family medicine and aesthetics practice, you can receive the latest nonsurgical anti-aging treatments to help fight back against the aging process. 

In this blog, Dr. Denise Tittle explains what causes fine lines and wrinkles and what you can do about it. 

Why wrinkles may start in your 20s

If fine lines and wrinkles are beginning to appear on your face years before you’re ready for them, there are a few good reasons. First of all, wrinkles are a natural, inevitable part of the aging process, and there are several contributing factors, including:

Less collagen and elastin

Starting as early as your 20s, your body produces 1% less collagen and elastin each year. These elements are the support structure for plump, smooth skin. So when you have less collagen and elastin, fine lines can become more noticeable. 

Less hyaluronic acid

In addition to less collagen and elastin, your body also produces less hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that keeps your joints lubricated and your skin hydrated. As your skin loses moisture, it can also become thinner and make lines and wrinkles more visible. 

Repeated facial expressions

When you make facial expressions, grooves can form under your skin. As you keep making these expressions over the years, these grooves can turn into visible lines in your skin.

Sun exposure

If you don’t protect your skin, exposure to ultraviolet light — both real and artificial — can increase your chances of developing wrinkles early. Ultraviolet light breaks down collagen and elastin fibers in your skin, which can make your skin weak and less flexible than it once was. 

Smoking

If you’re a smoker, you’re accelerating the aging process of your whole body, including your skin. Nicotine decreases blood flow in your epidermis, the outermost layer of your skin. Decreased blood flow deprives your skin of oxygen and vital nutrients, so your skin wrinkles and sags prematurely. 

What you can do about fine lines and wrinkles

Fortunately, you can take some precautions that will help delay the formation of lines and wrinkles:

Our team at Best Care Clinic also offers Icon™ laser treatments and TempSure™ Envi radiofrequency treatments. Both of these noninvasive treatments can help tighten your skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulate new collagen and elastin production in the deep layers of your skin.

These aesthetic treatments come with little to no downtime, and you don’t need anesthesia. The results are long-lasting and natural, too, which is a big plus for men and women who don’t want to take the route of dermal fillers or other types of cosmetic injections. These two advanced treatments can give you the look you desire with a series of comfortable, in-office treatments, which you can likely schedule during your lunch hour.

Don’t let aging get you down. Armed with lifestyle changes and the latest anti-aging technology, you can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and look your best at every age. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Best Care Clinic today.

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