When it comes to anything related to anti-ageing it can often feel like information overload, and far more confusing than clear. Many – for example – are interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and slowing down the skin’s ageing process, but are unsure which course of action is best for them and what it will involve.
To help us with our most common queries, Starts at 60 went to the professionals, namely Dr Tony Prochazka, cosmetic surgeon at Cosmetic Avenue in Melbourne.
First, what are the key causes of skin ageing?
Genetics, poor diet, smoking and environmental exposures such as UV and pollution. It’s also worth noting that, as we age, our production of collagen and elastin diminishes and, in turn, this leads to many visible signs of ageing – such as fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of volume throughout the face. On top of this, our natural oils reduce as we age, which results in the drier and duller appearance of skin. With all this in mind, it’s safe to say that some things are in our hands, while others are inevitable. That said, years of cumulative sun exposure is the biggest cause of pigmentation and uneven skin tone, which is why sunscreen and limited sunbathing is key.
What’s the best way to tackle fine lines and crow’s feet?
Anti-wrinkle injections (i.e. Botox) are brilliant for crow’s feet. Provided it is done carefully, it can be great at treating the lateral areas of the nose too. It works by weakening the muscles and reducing wear and tear around the forehead, thereby reducing the formation of wrinkles. The injections take less than five minutes. Immediately after, there may be a gathering of little bumps, then – over the next few days – lines will start to soften. All in all, the effect lasts for about four to six months. The best results are seen after a year or so of treatments. Even when the treatment starts to wear off, wrinkles take longer to form, as the skin has had time to heal itself and rest, meaning that you can stretch out treatments, and fewer are required in the long run too.