Your face is the first thing people see when they greet or meet you. It’s the part of the body where you probably focus the most care and attention when you are getting ready for the day. Wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and nose can be a frustrating development, compromising the youthful, relaxed look you desire for your face. Fortunately, there are many skin therapies that can help reduce wrinkles. Learn about these therapies so you can find one that works best for your skin care goals.
The easiest wrinkle reducer is the use of topical products, like oils, creams, and lotions. Castor oil and coconut oil have moisturizing and skin-firming properties. These and other oils should be applied to the areas where you want to see wrinkle reduction. You can also treat your skin with topical treatments that have vitamins. Vitamin D, 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.
There are many over-the-counter creams and lotions that you can choose from to treat your wrinkles. Look for creams and lotions that contain retinoids, hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing agents like shea butter. You can also work with your dermatologist to find a prescription cream that will help smooth your sin.
A chemical peel is a minimally invasive wrinkle treatment that removes damaged skin cells in varying layers of the skin, depending on the depth of the peel you get. In this treatment, a provider applies an acidic solution to your skin, which causes the top layers of skin to exfoliate, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin. A benefit of using this treatment is that it will also help reduce other skin imperfections, like acne scars and skin discoloration or uneven skin tone. The recovery time and results for a chemical skin peel depend on the level of peel you receive. Down time for light peels is usually a few days and results can last a few weeks. Down time for deep peels can be a month or more, but results can last up to a year.
Botox treatment is especially effective in smoothing areas of your skin (like between your eyes, around your mouth, on your forehead) that have become wrinkled from repeated muscle movement. It involves a series of injections containing a microbe that temporarily paralyzes and relaxes the muscles that are causing the wrinkles. Botox treatments only take about 10 minutes and have little to no down time. You will need to repeat treatments every 4-6 months, and repeated treatments can help the treated muscles relax more over time.
Dermal fillers reduce wrinkles through injections of substances like hyaluronic acid that help plump the skin. Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane are all hyaluronic acid fillers, using hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your body. Hyaluronic acid has amazing hydrating properties and can help your body maintain elasticity and regenerate skin cells. All dermal fillers stay in the targeted areas where they are injected until your body absorbs them. While the length of time you can expect to see results varies depending on the type of dermal filler you use, you can expect to see immediate results that last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
Laser resurfacing is another treatment that can help eliminate fine lines, small wrinkles, and deeper wrinkles. The type of laser treatment you will need for reduction of lines and wrinkles is called “ablative laser resurfacing.” The intense light from the laser eradicates the outer layer of skin, causing new skin to grow that is smoother and tighter. While laser resurfacing treats the wrinkles on the outer layer of your skin, it also heats the lower layers, which helps stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein in your body that brings elasticity and strength to your skin. Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure, but can mean a longer down time than other treatments for wrinkles. Depending on the size of the treated area and the depth of the laser penetration, you can expect recovery to last 3 days to 3 weeks. However, the laser treatment can provide results that last up to several years.
Clearly, there are many options before you to help you reduce the wrinkles on your skin. Contact Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area today to schedule a consultation with an experienced dermatologist. Together, you can explore these options and decide on the best therapy for your skin.