Facial Folds and Wrinkles?

Playing How to Deal with Facial Folds and Wrinkles

How to get a younger looking appearance is the question many people, especially women, have been asking for years. The Doctors meet Nicole who wants to know the answer.

The 46-year-old works with children who have cancer. She says she loves her job but tells us it can be emotional at times and feels her experiences at work have taken a toll on her face. "I want to look my best, not only for myself but also for my husband," she shares. She tells us she has tried a variety of creams and serums, but she has not found the results she is looking for. She says she's noticing some wrinkles and wants to "fight back now before it gets worse."

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer is here to help with Nicole's skin concerns. "There are so many trends with people wanting younger-looking skin. They want to be more refreshed. Everybody is talking about collagen these days."

Dr. Sonia Batra explains how collagen works within our skin. "The dermis, right beneath the surface of our skin, is made up of proteins and collagens that are responsible for skin’s elasticity. Collagen acts as the support structure for the skin, by forming connective fibers in tissues," she says.

Dr. Andrew Ordon continues, "This wrinkle-preventing protein keeps skin plump and youthful, but as we age the production of collagen begins to decline. The dermis begins to thin and the elastin and collagen fibers actually loosen and unravel. This causes wrinkles and facial volume loss."

Other factors that contribute to collagen loss include:

  • Facial expressions like smiling, frowning, and squinting can put stress on the collagen in your skin. This stress causes the collagen support to wear down and the skin begins to lose its tone, elasticity, and facial lines begin to appear.
  • Researchers have also found that smoking and sun exposure can cause a marked reduction in the production of new collagen.

Dr. Emer, a Sculptra Aesthetic spokesperson, discusses some the latest trends with collagen. He says some people are taking collagen supplements and others are even mixing it into their smoothies. He says another option are injections and that, in his practice, he uses an FDA approved facial injectable treatment made from poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra Aesthetic. He says it can help gradually replace lost collagen by helping stimulate the skin’s own natural collagen production. (Common side effects after initial treatment: injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, itching and lumps.)

He explains that it is designed to work subtly and gradually to help improve the look of lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. He suggests for people interested in this type of treatment to speak to someone experienced like a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. And, he offers Nicole one of these treatments at no charge to her!

He suggests that people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who have volume loss might be good candidates for treatment, and says that, according to clinical trials, results can last for up to 25 months.    

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