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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Can UV Light Cause Wrinkles?

Normal aging causes the loss of facial volume, especially loss of soft tissue components like collagen and hyaluronic acid. When this occurs, the skin starts to sag and this creates a tired and aged look that shows more wrinkles. Sun/UV light exposure causes DNA damage to skin cells and this can also lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, in addition to potentially cancerous skin lesions. 

Wrinkles may be grouped into two types: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are formed when muscles contract and are best treated with neurotoxins like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® that minimize the muscle movement and thereby decrease the wrinkles. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are lines or depressions that exist even when there is no muscle action or pull on the skin. These are deep facial grooves that are present even when the face is relaxed and they include the nasolabial folds (the lines around the mouth/nose or “parentheses”) and marionette lines (the lines just below the lip corners). Static wrinkles are best treated with injectables that plump up and fill out the problem lines, known medically as dermal fillers. Injectables include products such as Restylane®, JuvĂ©dermXC®, and Radiesse®. 

Guest Blogger:
D. Chimene Richa, M.D.
Oculofacial Surgeon with Baltimore Washington Eye Center