Our skin undergoes aging processes as we age. It becomes limp and loses its elasticity. This is when wrinkles appear. We can accept it or fight it, using the benefits of aesthetic medicine. And these are indeed many. Nowadays, surgeries offer us a variety of treatments, more or less invasive. Will we benefit from them? It depends only on us. However, first of all, the question arises, what are wrinkles? This knowledge will allow us to look at them from a different perspective.

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Wrinkles – what’s in our genes?

The phenotype of our skin consists of many elements. First of all, genetics is responsible for the composition, quality and quantity of elastic fibers. Of course, our lifestyle, diet, the way we take care of our skin and exposure to the sun (excessive causes photoaging), etc. are also not without significance. The biggest enemy of beautiful and flawless skin is time, gravity and … unfortunately our facial expressions! People with expressive emotional facial muscles will unfortunately see deep, pronounced facial wrinkles on their faces much sooner.

The force of gravity

Another cause of wrinkles is a decrease in the hydration of the skin and a decrease in the quality and quantity of elastic fibers – we are then dealing with static wrinkles. What additionally works strongly against us in the case of skin thinning and flabbiness is the miraculous force of gravity, which pulls our skin down mercilessly.

What are wrinkles?
Wrinkles – what are they?

Fighting for cracks

The third aspect on the subject of wrinkles is the loss of volume, or so-called natural facial volumetry. Unfortunately, we primarily lose facial fat volume as we age. Yes! Fat in this area of the body is at a premium! The fat pad of the cheek, is a structure located under the zygomatic arches. It is responsible for the beautiful oval of the face and smooth features. With age and gravity, unfortunately, it loses volume and moves forward and down giving our face a sunken expression in the central part and a drooping oval in the jawline. I don’t need to mention the loss of fat scaffolding in the tear valley and lower eyelid.

To top it all off, fat is not the only thing we are losing on our face. Over time, the bone scaffolding also thins, and we women are overexposed to this during the menopausal period due to a decline in the protective effects of estrogen. Very characteristic in female aging is the unfavorably changing shape of the lower orbital rim. As children, both males and females have orbital rims of a round shape. In men, it stays that way until old age. In women, unfortunately, atrophy of the lower orbital rim, especially the outer part, is observed, resulting in a teardrop shape. Such a shape results in a loss of bony support in the outer zygomatic region and, in the simplest terms, our facial oval flows away, compounding the unfavorable facial expression.

Wrinkles - how do they form?
Wrinkles – what are they?

Not so scary wrinkles….

Fortunately, cosmetology, aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery are evolving at a rapid pace and we are able to deal with most wrinkles brilliantly. Subsequent articles will be devoted to the different types of wrinkles and descriptions of the exact ways to counteract their formation, and if they already arise – how to deal with them. The most important thing is goodwill and trust in the “beauty” sector, and there will be nothing left to do but to enjoy a young and flawless appearance despite the passing of the years….


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