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Prevention is Key!  

Have you ever heard: “You’re too young to be receiving anti-wrinkle treatments”? 

Well, what if I told you that this statement is incorrect. 

Our skin contains collagen, a protein structure which occurs abundantly that gives it its strength

Over time our collagen regeneration rate declines and the density of collagen protein within the skin decreases. This causes the skin to weaken and struggle to maintain its strength. 

Anti-wrinkle injections cause temporary muscle relaxation. When the muscle is relaxed, the wear and tear to the collagen protein structures is significantly lower allowing collagen regeneration to occur. 

Think of collagen as an elastic band. Stretching and pulling the elastic band repeatedly over time will cause it to fray and weaken. This is what occurs to our collagen when we repeat muscle contractions such as making facial expressions.  

As an example, look in the mirror and raise your eyebrows up and down. Do you notice those lines forming as your raise your brows up? Those are what we call dynamin lines. Now relax your brows. Do you see any lines still? These lines are what cosmetic physicians call “static lines”.  

Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles and allow your skins natural collagen to repair itself.  

Small dosages can be injected into the frown, forehead, crow’s feet, bunny lines, and upper lip at a younger age to prevent the formation of these lines.  

So, at what age can you begin to receive anti-wrinkle treatment? 

As a preventative measure, treatment with anti-wrinkle injections can start from 25. At 25, our collagen regeneration rate begins to decline making it more difficult to repair itself from wear and tear. 

Each year that we are the rate of declination increases contributing to further fine lines and deeper wrinkles.  

By age 55, the skin’s ability to regenerate collagen fibres is nearly non-existent. Clients considering anti-wrinkle at this age will benefit by softening deeper fine lines and wrinkles.  

Advanced dermal therapies and cosmeceutical treatments are performed in conjunction with anti-wrinkle treatments to induce collagen production and increase collagen density in the skin.  

Below is a diagram from the Plastic and Aesthetic Research Journal (2020), which illustrates the typical characteristics of the ageing face over time and histological illustrations of collagen and elastin in the skin for each age group (early adulthood, middle age and late adulthood). As you can see, there is a progressive decline in the production and density of collagen with a subsequent increase of fine lines and wrinkles.  

 

Anti-wrinkle injections in conjunction with a good, personalised skincare regime suited to your skin can prevent unwanted and undesirable fine lines and wrinkles.  

 

Anti-wrinkle treatment is suitable for everyone who wants to look and feel comfortable in their skin. The next time you are thinking about receiving anti-wrinkle injections. Remember, it is a preventative treatment and Prevention is Key! 

Source: Reilly, D.M. and Lozano, J. (2021). Skin collagen through the lifestages: importance for skin health and beauty. Plastic and Aesthetic Research, 2021.

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