Wrinkles – we don’t like them, we don’t want them, but we can’t escape them. This sign of sage and wisdom is an inevitable part of life and aging. While it is impossible to prevent them from happening, the appearance of wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jowls, lips, the backs of hands and necks as we get older, can be minimized!
Although BOTOX® is one of the most popular wrinkle reducers out there, it can be expensive and painful, with results that only last a couple of months. For those who are looking for effective alternatives to BOTOX®, here are some other procedures to consider.
Medications and creams
There are topical retinoids available that come from vitamin A to help reduce fine wrinkles. Over the counter wrinkles creams are also popular anti-wrinkle remedies. It is recommended to look for face creams with active ingredients such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidents, copper peptides, coenzyme Q10 and kinetin. However, results are typically temporary.
Some patients choose to have dermabrasion to remove fine wrinkles, moles, scars and tattoos. Dermabrasion involves a controlled abrasion or wearing away of the top layers of skin. Results typically take several months to appear.
As a method of stimulating cell growth in the bottom layers of the skin, microdermabrasion is a top choice for patients. Microdermabrasion uses a powerful vacuum to spray microcrystals across the surface of the skin, resulting in a smoother, fresher look. Results typically require repeated treatments since results are temporary.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser technology makes it possible to destroy the outer layer of the skin to develop new collagen fibers and elastin. Laser skin resurfacing now offers faster healing times. This procedure leaves the skin feeling firmer after several treatments.
Peeling off dead skin and making way for new, regenerated skin can help give the skin a smoother, less wrinkled look. Chemical peels are also used to remove pre-cancerous skin growths and to reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne scars. They work best when performed by a health care professional.
Face lift surgery
As one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures, face lift is performed to remove excess facial skin and fat by tightening underlying tissues and redraping the skin. Face lift results last from 5 to 10 years.
The results from these treatments vary from patient to patient. Although there is no way to prevent wrinkles from forming, there are some steps you can take to slow the process, such as avoiding excess sunlight exposure, using moisturizers, quitting smoking, and getting good sleep. Speak to your board-certified plastic surgeon about which wrinkle treatment is best for your face.