Facial Wrinkles – A Range of Solutions For Your Individual Needs
As the years pass, many women find that sun damage, wind damage, hormone changes and normal aging has caused a variety of wrinkles on their faces that cause them to develop facial wrinkles and look older than they really are. Fortunately, a wide variety of methods for reducing the look of wrinkles are available today. Some of these treatments are very minor, while other treatments require considerable expense and recovery time. A look at the range of choices will help you to decide what’s right for you.
The first line of attack against wrinkling from normal aging is usually a facial cream. Consumers can choose from a vast array of facial creams, lotions and ointments. The range of options can be overwhelming, but most skin experts recommend creams that contain retinal or retinyl proprionate, sirtuin or copper peptides to help retain skin moisture and smooth unevenness. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or glycerin helps to plump skin to reduce the look of fine lines as a result reducing facial wrinkles. Many creams also contain sunscreen which helps to protect the face from damaging ultraviolet rays.
Facial peels can be a good way to remove minor wrinkling and reveal new layers of skin. Peels can brighten the appearance and create a smoother and younger appearance. Peels can be light, medium or deep, depending on your type of skin and the problem you are trying to correct. Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can determine the right type of peels for your skin type. Generally, there is no healing time. You need to do peels every few months to maintain smoothness.
Botox is brand name given to a substance called botulinum toxin A, which can be used to paralyze the muscles of the face to reduce the contraction of muscles that causes wrinkling. It can be used on frown lines in forehead, horizontal lines on the forehead and fine wrinkling around the eyes. Botox is injected under the skin with a very thin needle. Numbing is done with a topical anesthetic or cooling of the skin. Injection can cause small amounts of bruising, but the patient can usually return to normal activities immediately.
Dermal fillers are compounds that mimic the natural substances in the body that help to keep tissues full and uncreased. These compounds injected under the skin to fill in wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead as a result reducing facial wrinkles appearance. The filler generally contains a numbing substance therefore reducing discomfort. Best of all with no recovery period required. Dermal fillers need to be re-done every six to twelve months.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that removes only the most upper layers of the skin of the face. It is a deep exfoliation. The physician uses a special tool that shoots fine crystals onto the surface of skin, which removes the thin upper layers and reveals newer skin below. Some patients require multiple treatments to get the effect they desire. However, microdermabrasion does not require a healing period. The skin may feel slightly sunburned or wind-burned for a short period afterward.
This is the best procedure to reduce the look of fine lines and give a younger appearance to the face with less facial wrinkles. Laser uses high-energy light beams to vaporize very thin layers of the skin. We numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before we begin. Redness and swelling remains for several days after the procedure.
In more advanced cases, a face lift procedure is the choice to remove the excess tissue and tighten muscles that cause the deep wrinkling in forehead, mouth lines or around the eyes. These procedures often require a general anesthetic and recovery time of several days to a week or more to reduce bruising and swelling.