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Anti-Aging: Treating Wrinkles

Although wrinkles are a sign of sage and wisdom, many people don’t like them or want to have them. No matter how much we try to prevent or get rid of them, wrinkles are an inevitable part of life and aging. Wrinkles are creases and folds in the skin that most commonly appear around the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jowls, lips, the backs of hands and necks as we get older.

As time goes by, our skin gets thinner and loses elasticity, which weakens its ability to protect itself from damage. Excessive sun exposure, dehydration, medications, smoking, pollution and genetic makeup all play a part in why wrinkles develop. It may seem impossible to get rid of wrinkles or minimize their appearance, but it really isn’t.

There are several treatment options available for you to choose from. It is advised, however, to consult with a physician or a board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure the treatment matches your individual needs and offers the results you’re looking for.

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.

When BOTOX is injected into the muscles, it blocks nerve impulses that weaken muscles. Over time, injections cause crow’s feet, wrinkles on the forehead and frown lines to become softer and later disappear completely. Treatments typically last up to six months and repeated injections are required for long lasting results.

Chemical peels
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.

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