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Facial Lines & Anti-Aging Wrinkles Treatment

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Our skin loses elasticity and strength as we age and this causes wrinkles to develop around our eyes, nose and mouth. Each person develops their own distinct set of facial lines based on their genes, lifestyle and other factors. Those differences influence how many lines we get, where they appear and when, but they happen to everyone.

What can you do to slow down or reverse the signs of aging, damaged facial skin?

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Love Your Face: To reduce the risk of future wrinkles, and smooth out existing facial lines, love your face and take good care of your skin. Wash your face with a hydrating cleanser followed by a light moisturizing lotion every morning. Use baby oil to remove eye makeup and a hydrating cleanser for face makeup. Then replenish your skin with a moisturizing with a face cream. There are many traditional face creams that are very effective.

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Yogurt Cream: Gently wash your face to prepare it. Mix 1 tsp. of plain yogurt, 1 tsp. of honey, 1/2 tsp. of orange, lemon or lime juice, and 1/4 cup of bananas into a bowl. Use your fingers to work the mixture into your face and then lie down for 15 minutes. The yogurt and honey will tighten enlarged pores, while the citric acid in the fruit juice helps smooth wrinkles. The banana will hydrate dry, irritated skin making it more elastic and reduce wrinkles. After 15 minutes, clean your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

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Lemon Juice: Using lemon juice is a natural way to tighten your skin. Wash your skin. Then, rub lemon juice over your face and neck twice a day, and after about two weeks you will see a difference. An hour or so after using lemon juice apply a moisturizer as lemon juice can be a bit drying. Lemon juice is a natural skin toner and can remove other signs of aging such as dark circles under the eyes.

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Vitamins C, E and K: Get to know the 3 vitamins that prevent and reverse the signs of aging and poor skin health. Vitamin E helps protects your skin from free-radicals that break down the molecular bonds in your skin. This collapse in skin elasticity is what causes deep wrinkles. The effects of pollution and damaging UV rays from the sun can be counteracted with a diet high in Vitamin E. Good sources are nuts, seeds, and supplementary capsules. Vitamin C from lemon, orange and lime juice helps tighten facial skin and restores collagen, creating a firmer and younger look. Vitamin C is found in many citrus fruits and veggies. As your body ages on the inside, the walls of some veins around the eyes can leak iron oxide. This causes dark eye circles, making you look old and tired. Vitamin K helps strengthen and tighten those veins to reduce dark under-eye circles. Dark leafy greens, such as broccoli, kale and spinach are full of Vitamin K.

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Reduce Stress: Stress causes wrinkles on the forehead and other facial lines from constant frowning and worry.

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Proper Glasses: People who need glasses and don’t wear them, squint to compensate. Long-term squinting leaves long-term lines in the face.

Dysport

What Is Dysport?

Like Botox, Dysport is an injectable treatment that relaxes facial muscles that have shaped into folds and wrinkles. Both Botox and Dysport use a nerve-numbing ingredient derived from a bacteria. The medical uses of this agent, first for serious muscle disorders and later as a wrinkle treatment, have been recognized and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other medical bodies since the 1990s.

How Does Dysport Work?

Every time you smile, squint and frown your facial muscles contract and the skin over those muscles creases. When you are younger, those “dynamic wrinkles” disappear when your facial movements stop. But as you age and your skin loses elasticity, those creases and folds stay in place. They deepen into “static wrinkles” – permanent lines that remain even when our face is relaxed.

When Dysport is injected directly into the wrinkled muscles, it temporarily relaxes them from their fixed or “static” state. Some research suggests Dysport may be faster-acting and longer-lasting than Botox as an anti-wrinkle treatment

What is Treatment Like?

Dysport and Botox are both injected directly into the facial muscles beneath the lines of the face. Typically, only 3 to 5 injections are needed to treat a large area such as the “worry lines” on your forehead. Most people find the injections painless. However, you can request a local anesthetic such as a numbing cream prior to treatment.

Treatment sessions typically last less than 15 minutes. The treatment is meant to gradually relax the facial muscles so the full effect of the treatment will not be apparent for several days. With Dysport you may see results as soon as 24 hours.

How Long Do Results Last?

The results of a Dysport injection will be seen within one to seven days. A large clinical trial sponsored by the pharmaceutical company that makes Dysport was published in the March/April 2009 issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. The results of this study reported a single Dysport treatment could eliminate visual wrinkles for more than a year in some people. Botox treatments are typically needed three times a year or more to produce the same effects.

What Are The Side Effects?

As with Botox, most side effects – if they happen at all – tend to be minor. Some people may experience temporary headaches, or, if the drug diffuses too widely, eyelids or eyebrows may droop.

If you choose Dysport to smooth out your wrinkles, be sure you receive treatments from a well-trained and experienced health professional.

Using Dysport more often than prescribed will not make it more effective and may result in serious side effects. Dysport injections should be spaced at least 3 months apart.

You should not receive Dysport if you are allergic to cow’s milk, or if you have an infection, swelling, or muscle weakness in the area where the medicine will be injected.

It is not known whether Dysport causes any harm to unborn babies or nursing infants. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are nursing a newborn before receiving treatments.

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