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Doctor insights on: Why Does Losing Weight Cause Facial Wrinkles

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Will gaining weight make facial wrinkles caused by rapid weight loss go away?

See below: You will gain weight in your face, which may make the wrinkles less noticeable. However, that is not a reason to gain weight. Being overweight and obese can have more serious complications than wrinkles.

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Can forehead wrinkes result from losing weight in your face?

Can forehead wrinkes result from losing weight in your face?

Not directly: Forehead winkles come from the muscles that raise and lower your eyebrows. With aging, the wrinkles become more permanently ingrained in the skin from years of muscle contraction. Horizontal lines above and vertical lines between the brows become deeper with age but usually not from weight loss. Botox reduces these wrinkles by weakening muscle contraction to smooth the overlying skin.

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What can be done for deep face wrinkles caused from sun damage? I am using creams now. Could a dermatologist do more?

What can be done for deep face wrinkles caused from sun damage? I am using creams now. Could a dermatologist do more?

Definitely yes: A doctor with an interest in skin care can provide you with much more powerful products to help reverse sun damage. There are many non-invasive ways to improve the health of your skin and reduce wrinkles including chemical peels, laser and ipl treatments, skin tightening procedures, neuromodulators like Botox and injectable fillers.

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Do hot humid days help prevent facial wrinkles?

Do hot humid days help prevent facial wrinkles?

Not directly: A hot humid day might cause you to say indoors, and thus avoid sun exposure. Sun damage contributes significantly to skin aging. So, indirectly this would help prevent facial wrinkles. Keeping the skin well hydrated helps minimize wrinkles. Therefore the high humidity can be of some help. The best prevention is probably to use good sun care (sunscreens, hats, topical antioxidants, etc).

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What will really work on facial wrinkles?

What will really work on facial wrinkles?

Prevention important: Most important is prevention of wrinkles from occurring; clean, moisturize, limit sun exposure over a lifetime, particular during youth (loss of elastic tissue). Smoking? Can c wrinkles across room. Various retinols. A whole bunch of products promise a lot, deliver a little. Botox, yes, but must redo repeatedly. Dermatologist will pitch their products, but go anyway to learn approach for life.

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What really works on facial wrinkles at 50?

What really works on facial wrinkles at 50?

Wrinkles: Resurfacing procedures like lasers and chemical peels may help. And injectables like fillers and neurotoxins are another option.

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What is used to "fill-in" facial wrinkles?

What is used to "fill-in" facial wrinkles?

Fillers or fat: Fillers - juvederm, voluma, radiesse, restylane, (dermal fillers) Perlane are used to fill in the tissue underneath wrinkles to erase them. Fat injections can be done in the operating room to fill definciencies of fat and stretch/fill out the overlying wrinkled skin.

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What is the definition or description of: facial wrinkles?

What is the definition or description of: facial wrinkles?

Small ridge or furro: A facial wrinkle is a small ridge or furrow in the skin caused by age, sun damage, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, and repetitive use of certain facial muscles (frown lines, smile lines, crows feet). To minimize wrinkles, eat well, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep, wear sunscreen daily, wear sunglasses in bright light, and stop smoking.

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Are there OTC products that help reduce appearance of facial wrinkles? Please help. 56 y/o white female. Cannot afford dr procedures.

Are there OTC products that help reduce appearance of facial wrinkles? Please help. 56 y/o white female. Cannot afford dr procedures.

Wrinkle reduction: There are two types of products that can be helpful with wrinkle reduction, Alpha hydroxy acid creams/lotions and retinols. These are not as strong as prescription medications but do have some benefit in improving wrinkles. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen also helps prevent new wrinkles from forming.

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A friend told me that if you laugh too much or more often you develop facial wrinkles?

A friend told me that if you laugh too much or more often you develop facial wrinkles?

Laugh lines: All repetitive facial movements, including chewing, can cause wrinkles. Much depends on genetics and sun exposure though, more than facial expression. Keep laughing, it's worth a few lines to enjoy life!

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Why would someone get a midface lift if it does not get rid of facial wrinkles?

Why would someone get a midface lift if it does not get rid of facial wrinkles?

Midface lift: Nidface lift is designed to correct the sagginess of the midace skin and soft tissues, thus some of the wrinkles will be removed but most of the wrinkles and especially the fine ones need to be addressed by other modalities of treatment such as chemical peels, laser peels, dermabrasions and skin care,

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I'm 57 yrs old and have developed a lot of facial wrinkles especially in the cheeks' like a hatching. I have a thin face and an obese body. Pls advi?

Facial wrinkles: Facial wrinkles form due to sun damage and volume loss in the soft tissues and bones of the face, so the skin is losing its support structure. Smoking and pollution can also increase wrinkling. Dermal fillers can help add volume and laser resurfacing can help tighten and smooth the skin. Sun protection is a must on a daily basis. Please consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

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Can retin-a be used every day for my facial wrinkles? I'm considering using retin-a cream to reduce the deep wrinkles on my forehead and cheeks. Will it lessen the appearance of my wrinkles if I only use it weekly? If I use this for years to come, is it s

RetinA Helps Lines: Retin a (tretinoin) used regularly is one of many things that will help improve the health, and subsequently, the appearance of the skin of the face. It can be used every day, as long as it is not causing irritation or redness.

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Facial Wrinkles (Definition)

A facial wrinkle is a small ridge or furrow in the skin caused by age, sun damage, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, and repetitive use of certain facial muscles (frown lines, smile lines, crows feet). To minimize wrinkles, eat well, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep, wear sunscreen daily, wear sunglasses in bright ...Read more