The dreaded wrinkle — that simple crease in the skin that signals aging, the toll that years of living takes on your skin. And now you’ve seen those wrinkles, hovering around your eyes, perched at the edges of your lips, sneaking into the space between your eyebrows. Maybe you’ve heard of Botox as a way to smooth out wrinkles, but aren’t too excited about needles, the pricetag, or the reputation Botox has for removing the natural expressions your face should have in showing emotion.
You might be interested in exploring alternatives to Botox that are just as effective in removing your wrinkles and rejuvenating your skin. The good news? There are many such alternatives. From home remedies to natural treatments to non-invasive procedures, you can find a method that is both comfortable and effective for you in eliminating those pesky wrinkles.
If you’re uncomfortable with chemicals and injections to treat your wrinkles, you may want to explore the many natural remedies available to you. Certain oils, like coconut oil and castor oil, have moisturizing and skin-firming properties. These oils can be applied daily to the areas where you want to see wrinkle reduction. Some vitamins, like Vitamin D and Vitamin C and Vitamin E, treat wrinkles by producing healthy skin cells, oils for moisturizing your skin, as well as collagen, your body’s main structural protein that helps to create your skin’s elasticity. You can get these vitamins through supplements, skin creams, and eating a balanced diet.
More recently, people have used acupuncture to treat wrinkles. Advocates of facial acupuncture say that the needles bring increased blood flow to the face, tightening muscles and rejuvenating the skin. You can also do simple exercises that tone your facial muscles and smooth wrinkled skin around your mouth and on your forehead.
Applying creams and lotions to the skin is one of the most popular ways to reduce wrinkles. There is a seemingly endless number of over-the-counter and prescription options out there, all claiming to get rid of your wrinkles. So, how do you choose? You can start by finding topical treatments that contain retinoids, hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing agents like shea butter. You can also consult with your trusted dermatologist at Vanguard Dermatology to find a prescription cream that will help smooth your sin.
A chemical face peel is a treatment that removes the top layer of your skin so that a new, healthier layer of skin can grow. In a chemical skin peel, an acidic solution is applied to the skin which causes exfoliation of the top layer. There are 3 levels of chemical peels, which differ in the depth of skin penetration to remove damaged skin cells. You will want to discuss with your dermatologist the level of chemical peel that will best treat your wrinkles.
Microneedling involves the use of a roller with small needles that puncture your skin, stimulating the production of collagen. It is a minimally invasive procedure that only involves the use of a topical anesthetic from your microneedling dermatologist.
Dermafillers are injectable fillers that help plump up areas prone to wrinkles, like in the skin around the lips. Juvederm and Restylane are dermafillers that use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your body that lubricates, moisturizes, and repairs damaged cells. Juvederm and Restylane can quickly restore youth to the skin around your mouth.
Dermabrasion is a procedure that uses a machine to remove the top layer of skin while you are under sedation. Microdermabrasion uses the same approach, but with a gentler roller that does not require you to be sedated. Like a chemical peel, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion cause new, smoother skin growth, evening out the wrinkles on your face. A variant of dermabrasion is hydradermabrasion, which also injects hydration and anti-aging ingredients into the skin. The HydraFacial is a type of hydradermabrasion.
Also called “laser resurfacing” or “laser peel”, laser therapy uses a laser to remove the top layers of skin to reveal more youthful skin cells. The dermatologist administering the procedure uses a laser-wand and has control over how deep the treatment will go, lessening possible damage to surrounding tissue. Some laser therapies can also stimulate collagen production, further tightening wrinkled skin.
With the vast range of procedures, medications, and remedies available to you, there is no reason to remain frustrated with the wrinkles on your face. Contact the experienced dermatologists at Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area to decide on the best treatment that will lead to more youthful and refreshed skin.