What Causes Fine Lines and Wrinkles (And What Can I Do About Them)?

Fine lines and wrinkles are the history of your life, uniquely written across your face over time. All of your laughter, frustrations, and deep, contemplative moments one day appear as lines and wrinkles, permanently etched in place. 

However, with today’s innovative laser technology, these outward signs of aging don’t have to be permanent. 

Here at Alexandria Aesthetics in Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Kantha Stoll understands that looking your best is part of feeling your best — at every age. That’s why she offers state-of-the-art laser and radiofrequency (RF) treatments that are gentle on your skin, but highly effective at minimizing lines and wrinkles. 

Take a few minutes to learn what causes fine lines and wrinkles, and what you can do about them. It’s easier than you may have thought. 

Lines and wrinkles arrive with age

For both men and women alike, lines and wrinkles are simply an inevitable part of getting older. While you’re undoubtedly happy to celebrate yet another birthday, you may not be as thrilled when you look in the mirror with each passing day. 

Collagen loss

As you age, your skin loses elasticity because your body produces less collagen and elastin. These are the building blocks and the support structure for smooth, firm, younger-looking skin. You had an abundance of collagen up until your mid-to-late 20s, but by then, you begin to make less and less of it — 1-2% less each year.

By the time you’re in your 30s, you most likely notice a dramatic difference in the appearance and elasticity of your skin. Of course, this change happens gradually, but for many people, you wake up one day and think, “When did I get all these wrinkles, and now what do I do about it?”

Genes and environmental factors

Genes, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, diet, and lifestyle are also factors in the aging process. So, depending on how your personal “wrinkle-forming factors” add up, you may notice a big difference, or a more subtle one. Either way, if fine lines and wrinkles bother you, you don’t have to live with them. 

What you can do about lines and wrinkles right now

When you’re ready to combat lines and wrinkles, you could eat plenty of gelatin and drink a cup of bone broth each day to boost your body’s collagen production, but if that doesn’t sound appealing, or fast enough, then laser and RF treatments can be your go-to solution. 

As a medical aesthetic specialist, Dr. Stoll offers the most advanced technology and recommends which one is best for your needs. 

The Icon™ Aesthetic System is a versatile laser system that stimulates collagen production far below the surface of your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Stoll also offers TempSure™ Envi treatments that provide the power of RF energy, yet are extremely gentle on the surface of your skin. With either treatment, there’s little to no downtime, and treatments are typically fast, so you can even schedule them on your lunch hour. 

The results from laser and RF treatments are long-lasting, too, because your skin starts repairing itself from the inside out. As the deeper layers of tissue rebuild collagen to replace older tissue, the result is a smoother, tighter, more supple appearance. Like certain memories from your younger years, lines and wrinkles simply fade into your past. 

Comfortable treatments

Both the Icon system and TempSure Envi system are products of CynoSure®, a leader in the field of aesthetic technology, and they make patient comfort a top priority. 

The Icon system offers a unique, built-in cooling feature that keeps the surface of your skin at an even temperature while it safely heats the tissue below. And with TempSure Envi radiofrequency treatments, 99% of people report that treatment is comfortable and pain-free!

So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to take back your youthful appearance so you can look as good as you feel? To schedule an appointment, we invite you to call our welcoming, friendly office at 703-495-2991, send us a message here on our website, or use the convenient online booking system

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