The Three S’s of Wrinkle Causing Habits

Even when we’re young, we’re told by our parents about the importance of getting enough sleep and always wearing sunscreen to keep our appearance looking fresh and healthy. However, as we age, it’s extremely common to partake in everyday activities that we wouldn’t think twice about—even though they could be hurrying the aging process for us. As a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, I’d like to share with my patients the three S’s that should be avoided to reduce the amount of fine lines and wrinkles on your face.


It’s a well-documented fact that smoking can lead to premature aging of the skin. Not only does smoking involve toxic substances being put into our bodies, but also a constant mechanism of pursing our lips to inhale the cigarette. This reoccurring movement leads to unwanted lip lines, also known as smoker’s lines. Nicotine in cigarettes has also been directly linked to wrinkles, as it narrows blood vessels which makes it hard for blood to properly flow. This in turn causes less oxygen to be delivered to your skin and can result in wrinkles. Smokers often find that facial fillers can help reduce the appearance of unwanted lines.


If you thought that you might not be at risk of developing lines around your lips and nose because you don’t smoke, think again. Much like smoking a cigarette, sipping on a straw has also been linked to marionette lines around our mouths. The constant sucking mechanism that occurs as we sip a drink through a straw increases the muscle movement around our mouths, which can result in unwanted lip lines in the area.  An easy method for avoiding sipping-related wrinkles is to opt out of using a straw to slurp easily drinkable beverages like water, juices, and sodas.


Lastly, a very common cause of wrinkles and deep lines on our faces can sometimes occur when we least expect it—while we’re sleeping. As a result of sleeping face down on a bed, you’re actually putting unnecessary pressure onto your face and sensitive facial skin, making it impressionable for deep lines and wrinkles. Continuing to sleep in this position night after night causes these sleep impressions to become permanent, which may require facial fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, or Perlane to correct them. Because the skin around our eyes is among the most sensitive and thinnest on our bodies, it’s very easy to damage, even while we’re sleeping. If you’ve already become a victim of sleep wrinkles, Botox has been proven to effectively combat their appearance.

Speak With Dr. Kulbersh Today

If you’re beginning to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines on your face, as an experienced Charlotte facial plastic surgeon, I can help you overcome these initial signs of aging with several different non-invasive facial filler procedures that aim to fill in deep lines and wrinkles in just one office visit. To learn more about whether or not you might be a good candidate for facial fillers or Botox, please call (704) 842-3644 to schedule your initial consultation. Remember, taking the initial steps to conquer the aging process early on may help reduce the amount of damage done to your skin as you continue to age.

For more information about how I help my patients minimize fine lines and wrinkles, please contact Carolina Facial Plastics today.

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