Debunking Common Skin Aging Misconceptions, Part 1
As unfortunate as it is, the medical spa and dermal filler world is one that contains more than a few broad myths. Clients and specialists alike are constantly searching for ways to combat aging skin and related signs like wrinkles and lines in several skin areas, and while this has led to some fantastic developments over the years, such as Botox and related products, it has also unfortunately led to certain bits of misinformation gaining steam and building into full-on myths.
At the medical spa offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re happy to offer not only a wide range of anti-aging services like Botox, laser treatments and many others, but also professionals like Genesis Lifestyle Medical who are proud to offer correct information on all such services – and set the record straight on potentially harmful misinformation. While myths exist regarding several specific treatments, some of the largest relate to the aging process itself. This two-part blog will investigate several common aging-related myths with regard to the skin and ensure you have the proper, correct information in each of these areas so you can proceed properly with skincare and med spa needs.
Smiling Causes Wrinkles
For some who are looking to reduce the formation of wrinkles or lines around the face, there’s an effort made to smile less often. This is often part of an overall effort to simply move facial muscles less, with an assumption that the more you move them, the higher your risk of future wrinkles is.
Simply put, there’s no evidence to support this claim. There is no research indicating a connection between how often you smile and your risk of wrinkles. Rather, wrinkle formation traces back to a number of factors like sun exposure, muscle loss, dermal thinning and several genetic factors you may only have so much control over. Smile all you like without any concerns about wrinkles or lines.
Stress and Wrinkles
It’s important to note that stress can absolutely have an impact on the formation of lines, wrinkles and aging signs – but the myth comes in when you hear that stress is the top cause of these issues, which it isn’t. Sun damage is the top cause of skin wrinkles, in reality, and while stress may play a role in some cases due to the release of cortisol that impacts the skin, numerous studies have shown that it does not play as large a role as the sun. However, there are still several techniques you can take to limit stress and keep the skin free of aging signs.
Peptides Work Just Like Botox
Botox is one of the single best and most commonly-used anti-aging treatments out there, and naturally many have searched far and wide to find other products that mimic its results – but they’ve largely been unsuccessful. Some will point to peptides or other topical skincare ingredients that certainly may show positive results, and there’s nothing wrong with using these. But if you expect them to work just as well as Botox and show the same kind of results, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
For more on correcting common myths surrounding skin aging, or to learn about any of our dermal fillers, laser treatments or other medical spa services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.