Wrinkles, Skin Laxity and Ageing
Wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity and general ageing of the skin happens over time as a result of a natural decrease in collagen and a loss of elasticity in the skin. This effect on the skin is a common concern for most women and men. With bespoke laser treatments and skin care the skin tone, texture, volume and elasticity as well as the percentage of collagen in the skin can be improved upon significantly
Eye Wrinkles / Crows Feet
Eye Wrinkles, laughter lines or ‘crows feet’ appear around the eyes as the skin naturally creases in these areas when we laugh and smile and generally express ourselves. The main cause of the lines remaining more permanently is due to a natural decrease in collagen and elastin in the skin which occurs as we age. Production of collagen and elastin decreases over time and therefore the skin looses firmness and elasticity.
Laxity of Jowl Area
Laxity of the skin around the jawline is due to the loss of collagen and elastin as we age. This process is also accelerated by increased sun exposure, smoking, and other factors including your genetic predisposition. This results in a loss of the skin’s elasticity and collagen given a laxity around the jawline.
Lines, creasing and crepe like skin on the neck and chest can appear as part of the natural ageing process due to the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. As you age, your natural skin cell turnover decreases and the collagen that you naturally produce depletes which in turn affects the appearance of your skin.
These are the lines from the sides of our nose down to the corners of our mouth. As we age there is a gradual deepening of these creases as the skin and supportive structures of the cheeks become weaker due to ageing and loss of collagen. These lines are normal and an inevitable sign of ageing skin, but they can cause the face to look a little older.
Raising your eyebrows, concentrating, squinting or frowning – basically whenever you move your face, your forehead muscles contract. After years of frequent contraction, combined with environmental and lifestyle factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and pollution, wrinkles begin to form. At the same time the body’s natural loss of collagen can accentuate these lines.
The eyes are probably the most expressive part of our face and so unsurprisingly as we get older we have used the muscles around our eyes and stretched the skin in this area significantly. This and the loss of collagen, natural in the ageing process, leads to some loss in elasticity of the upper eye lid. In some cases the eyelid can encroach on your field of vision.
Downturning Mouth/Marionette Lines
The marionette lines are the lines that travel from the corners of our mouth down to our chin. In the early stages these lines are likely to cause a down turning at the edges of the lips. Over time, this look can intensify to make us look unhappy due to the positioning of the creases. However these lines can be easily corrected with laser treatment.
A double chin or increased jowls is a common complaint as people age. This is due to the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin. It can change the shape of your face and diminish your jawlline.
Laxity of the Skin
Generalised laxity of the skin is an inevitable part of the ageing process and can occur anywhere on the body from the face to the arms, legs and buttock area. As we age we loose collagen and the elasticity of the skin as well as having had years of sun exposure which will all play a part in the ageing process of the skin.