5 WAYS TO GET RID OF WRINKLES
#1 – Prescribed Treatments
Your doctors at BHPSG may prescribe topical retinoids as part of an overall skin care plan to reduce wrinkles, even out skin tone and increase smoothness. Retinoids, derived from Vitamin A, can be highly effective but can also make your skin sensitive and prone to burn easily in the sun. Protective sunscreen is a must if you choose this type of treatment. Retin-A, Renova and Avage are popular prescription retinoids.
#2 – Anti Wrinkle Creams
With a multitude of anti aging creams available without a prescription, most women (and men) are able to find a suitable treatment without resorting to expensive prescribed options. However, results will be more gradual with these creams because they are less concentrated than their prescription counterparts. For mild to moderate wrinkles and other signs of aging they usually work quite well. After a consultation with the doctors, a tailored skin care and anti aging regimen can be customized for each patient
#3 – Skin Removal Procedures
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels all work by removing the top layer of your skin which allows fresh, healthy skin to grow in its place. The main difference between these treatments is the amount of skin that’s removed. Dermabrasion is much more aggressive and can leave the skin red and scabbed for a time. Microdermabrasion removes less skin and must be repeated to maintain results but there is virtually no recovery period associated with it. Chemical peels vary with the type and duration and frequency.
Laser treatments also work to encourage new skin formation by enhancing collagen production. Intense ablative lasers actually wound the skin and, much like dermabrasion can take some time to heal. Less intensive laser treatments simply heat the skin and encourage the formation of collagen and elastin. They do not damage the skin, but similar to microdermabrasion require subsequent treatments for best and lasting results.
Chemical peels are used to achieve a similar objective as the abrasive and laser-based treatments already discussed. However, a peel removes the outer layer of skin through the application of an acid. Peels can be varied in strength with superficial treatments being the least severe but requiring multiple applications over time.
#4 – Botox & Filler Injections
Botox, dysport and now Xeomin work by paralyzing selected facial muscles so that the skin stays smooth and tight. Injections usually need to be repeated every few months and are commonly used for wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows (frown lines) and on crow’s feet.
Fillers are often used to plump up deep wrinkles which can make them smoother and less noticeable. Common fillers include collagen, fat and hyaluronic acid. Well-known brands include Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse. As with Botox, treatments generally need to be repeated every so often to maintain results.
Although side effects tend to be minimal, some people experience temporary bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site.
#5 – Face Lift Surgery – Face lifts are the most serious option but results can last up to 10 years. Excess skin and fat is removed from the lower part of the face and neck while the underlying muscles and connective tissues are tightened. Swelling and bruising can last for several weeks after the procedure.
Choosing the best way to get rid of wrinkles is a highly personal decision. It’s generally considered wise to try the less invasive (and less expensive) options first before resorting to more severe procedures. Often it’s possible to avoid injections and surgery completely when you use effective alternatives on a consistent basis. If you need help deciding which one’s best for you, be sure to schedule a consultation with us here at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group.