Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5 Steps to Prevent Deep Wrinkles Before They Start

Which ages your more- the sun or your emotions? If you chose the sun, you've obviously never heard of "emotional de-wrinkling" so read on.
The human body is a wrinkle factory. Genetics, supporting fat tissue wasting, ultra-violet-induced collagen loss and excessive muscle usage all help etch out the face's wrinkles. Yet, as general operating manager of this machine, you can determine the final unveiling and locale of deep wrinkles.
In fact, researchers like Dr. Michael A Kane have documented that the shape and size of deep wrinkles like crow's feet are as unique as your fingerprint. While several factors influence the individual look of your wrinkles, you control the ultimate wrinkle-molding agent- your emotions.
For example, your emotions directly affect the network of facial muscles called "mimetic muscles." These mimetic muscles respond to your emotional currents by forming expressions that dictate the depth and position of deep wrinkles.
To reduce deep facial creases, studies such as one presented in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery proposed cutting or paralyzing the nerves that control mimetic muscles. A report in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggested cutting mimetic muscles around the nasolabial area to reduce "marionette" wrinkles, which are the deep, curved wrinkles surrounding the nose and mouth area.
Before you consider slicing your mimetic muscles, you will be surprised to see how your habitual state of mind subtly creates wrinkles 24-7. Plus, in five easy steps, you can spot and neutralized the subconscious causes of deep wrinkles.
Step 1: Emotion spotting
The only way to know how you look when you feel a certain way is to catch yourself in the act. For instance, while you are performing your most common daily activities, and experiencing the emotions associated with each task, glance in a mirror and see what you look like. Or, more pertinently, witness what your "emotionally drawn" wrinkles look like.
To catalogue your emotions (because you can't change what you don't record) create a chart with three columns labeled "Habitual emotion", "Deep wrinkles location" and "De-wrinkling emotion".
List your most common daily emotions in the "Habitual emotions" column. Next to this emotion, describe the corresponding deep wrinkle that this emotion creates in the "Deep wrinkles location".
Step 2: Know that you can de-wrinkle your emotions
Now that you've spotted your emotional wrinkles, it is time to de-wrinkle your emotions. An investigation in the Annals of Plastic Surgery discovered that just making changes in your eyebrow position can significantly reduce forehead wrinkles. Let's not just stop there, let's de-wrinkle the entire face.
Step 3: Emotional de-wrinkling
Get your emotion-spotting list and a mirror that shows at least your entire face. Next, look in the mirror. Now, experience the first emotion on your list and observe the deep wrinkle this emotion creates. Then twitch your face muscles (without using your hands) in whatever way necessary to remove or lessen the depth of your wrinkles.
For example, when driving and doing emotion spotting, I have a tense look and emotion that forges the deep eyebrow wrinkle (one of the major wrinkles Botox is designed to fix). To get rid of this annoying wrinkle, I have to lift my eyebrows.
Once you have adjusted your mimetic muscles to get rid of wrinkles, hold your muscles in that new position for at least two minutes. Glance at the mirror every other moment to make sure that your are still eliminating that wrinkle.
The magic here is that during these two minutes, you are going to feel a new emotion- the "de-wrinkling emotion".
Turning back to my driving example, when I raise my eyebrows to hide the surfacing deep wrinkle between my eyebrows, I start to feel excited instead of tense. Therapists have witnessed the ability of altering facial muscle expressions to almost instantaneously alter one's emotional state of mind. This works on wrinkles too.
Step 4: Emotion-spotting cataloguing
To illustrate emotion-spotting cataloguing, on my emotion-spotting list, the first line of my de-wrinkling chart, I would list, "tension" in column one, "eyebrow wrinkle" in column two, and "excited" in column three.
Repeat Step 3 for each of your "Habitual emotions" using your own emotion-spotting list.
Step 5: Monitor your emotions to keep wrinkles away
Wrinkles' secret to life is stealth. They sneak on your face while you are working, daydreaming, eating, driving and exercising. Essentially, any time you feel any emotion, you've got a definite chance of penciling in a new or deeper wrinkle. Monitor your emotions on a weekly basis to ensure that you're not creating unwanted wrinkles by holding on too long to emotions that contribute to forming deep wrinkles. Have your emotions, but don't let them linger long enough to birth wrinkles.
So now, as you walk around with your compact mirror and envious onlookers quizzically query, "Who do you think you are, Miss America", just inform them that you are using "emotional de-wrinkling" and that they should try it. As I say, "Stay self-aware. Stay beautiful".
Barton, F and M Gyimesi. Anatomy of the nasolabial fold. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; 1997, vol 100, n 5, pp 1276-1280.
Kane, Michael A. Classification of crow's feet patterns among Caucasian women: The key to individualizing treatment. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; October 2003, vol 112, no 5, pp 33S-39S.
Kondoh, Shoji et al. Pathogenesis and surgical correction of involuntary contraction of the occipitofrontalis muscle that causes forehead wrinkles. Annals of Plastic Surgery; August 2006 vol 57, no 2, pp 142-148.
Mühlbauer, Wolfgang and Jeffrey Fairley. Mimetic modulation for problem creases of the face. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; March 1995, vol 19, no 2, pp 183-191.


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