Says Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a wrinkle is “a small ridge or furrow . . . formed [by] shrinking [or, contracting] a smooth substance.” But there are myths, misleading information, and blatant lies surrounding wrinkles. Let’s put a few of them to rest and see what options there are to fill visible wrinkles.
Putting To Rest The Falsities
Myth: Wrinkles Are Genetic
Fact: DNA doesn’t care about wrinkles
While there are 46 chromosomes that factor into your being — including mental, physical, and physiological health — specifically, wrinkles are not predetermined by your genes. In fact, “up to 90 percent of visible skin changes are a result of damage from the sun,” says The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Medicine.
That staggering statistic highlights that the formation of wrinkles is, for the most part, in your control. To be clear, your DNA, in most cases, can determine the speed at which you age, but not how you develop wrinkles.
Myth: Moisturing Prevents Wrinkles
Fact: Moisturizing is good for the skin, but can’t prevent wrinkles.
Moisturizing your skin is like water a plant. In short, it’s generally good for your health and appearance, and it keeps you healthy. But it can’t altogether prevent aging. But, don’t throw out your moisturizer just yet. Dr. Percec at Penn Medicine says that applying moisturizer “traps the water in your skin, keeping skin hydrated and plumped. This can make your wrinkles less visible.”
While lotions, creams, and oils won’t prevent wrinkles from forming because of sun damage, lifestyle, diet, and other external influences, it can at least disguise them neatly.
Knocking Wrinkles Out of The Park
Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero
Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero include a specific ingredient called hyaluronic acid (haɪ-yɑ-lu-rɔ-nɪk æs-ɪd). In fact, they’re mainly comprised of this one ingredient! Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body. It’s responsible for the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin.
What differentiates these three products? A number of factors! To name a few, longevity, flexibility, additional ingredients, number of sessions needed to see results, and side effects. In fact, there are four variations of Juvederm alone! That highlights the vast variety at your disposal. Has a hyaluronic acid-based filler caught your interest? Speak to a doctor to learn which one is right for you.
Bellafill skips the extra step of inducing collagen production. How? Bellafill includes polymethyl methacrylate, synthetic microspheres that help to lift and volumize the skin. And, above all, it is collagen-based! What is collagen? Why is it so important? These are some questions that are addressed on the official Bellafill page. But, it’s important to note that all fillers are designed to stimulate collagen production. Though Bellafill already contains some collagen in the gel.
As a product containing poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra works as a collagen stimulator. How so? In short, “it works with your body within the deep dermis, rather than topically.” In this way, it helps “revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume,” says the official Sculptra website.
Stimulating collagen production, filling deep pockets, wrinkles, and lines, and even lifting and firming the skin — Sculptra is a unique product. Has it piqued your interest? Ask a doctor to learn more and to discuss your goals.
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