Wrinkles! We all have them - but can they be 'erased'? Before we answer that question, let's talk about the three types of wrinkles and how they are conventionally treated in Western medicine.
Dynamic Wrinkles – are the most superficial wrinkles and are reversible. They are caused by muscle contraction and are commonly between your eyebrows, on the forehead, around the mouth and near the eyes as ‘crow’s feet.’ Many facial lines are caused by tight muscles and are not truly wrinkles! Repetitive facial expressions like frowning, smiling and squinting causes some of the most common dynamic wrinkles. Botox is a popular medical treatment for people who simply cannot get their face muscles to relax. But isn't there a better way?
Static Wrinkles – are caused by sun damage, smoking, genetics, gravity, and loss of collagen and fat. They are in the deeper layer of the dermis and are commonly treated with injectable cosmetic fillers. Collagen is an essential protein that supports the overall structure of the skin. Static wrinkles are commonly found as nasolabial folds between the nose or mouth and the cheeks. Cumulative sun damage causes 80% of skin aging, and can be prevented! Lifestyle changes can also significantly impact the rate of your skin losing its tone and elasticity. There's a huge role here for lifestyle prevention of this level of wrinkle!
Wrinkle Folds – are the deepest level of all and involve sagging of facial structures. They are commonly found in the naso-labial fold, jowls and neck. Sagging of skin involves actual loss of facial volume. Fat cells get smaller with age, cheek pads descend, facial bones actually lose volume, and facial muscles reduce in size, strength & tone. These changes are the result of inactivity rather than simply getting older. Facelifts are the surgical treatment and fillers (Restylane, Perland, Radiesse, fat transfer) are the nonsurgical treatments. Toning your skin with biomechanical frequencies (tuning forks) can trick it into thinking it is getting exercise! Wouldn't it be better to prevent this level of aging skin before you start thinking about fillers and facelifts?
Emotions and Wrinkles
There's another cause of facial wrinkles and habitual expressions that can lead to sagging and lack of tone: our emotions! As a physician acupuncturist trained in psychiatry and family medicine, I have always thought that balanced emotions are the key to Optimal Health. So the connection between emotions, facial lines, blemishes and wrinkles is dear to my heart because it is linked to deep energy pathways of electromagnetic energy, aka the flow of Qi.
The face is a reflex system of the highest order! Like the hands, feet, ears and eyes, which use various techniques on a small area of the skin to affect the larger area of the body, it is a way to ‘prime’ the body for changes and balancing. A signal goes to the brain, and the brain sends a message to the organ/limb that is in need of balancing. This technique can dissolve energetic blocks which lie at the root of many imbalances which we call ‘disease.’ It can bring the energy (‘qi’) back into circulation, and thereby restore balance to the rest of the body.
Wrinkles reflect certain emotions depending on where they are located. They are caused by emotional traumas as we go through life. Why do different people have different wrinkles? And yet, there are certain common locations where we all show signs of aging. These common locations have specific emotions associated with them.
Wrinkles often reveal:
According to Chinese medicine, there are specific energy pathways that move a trauma from the outermost energy layer deeply into the innermost energy layer of the person. Eventually these traumas are 'seen' on the face.
The million dollar question is, Can we release the emotions that are connected to the wrinkle by 'releasing' the associated wrinkle? Stay tuned for the answer to this question.
Dr. Christi Bonds-Garrett, M.A., M.D., has been offering Integrative Medical care since 1995 and has treated thousands of patients from this perspective. For over 20 years she has specialized in Women’s Health Care, utilizing unique combinations of herbs, essential oils, color light, and tuning forks with western medications to help bring her patients to a better internal balance.