If your wrinkles are bothering you, you have more options than ever to help eliminate or at least diminish their appearance. We can create a personalized skin-care plan by assessing your skin type and evaluating your skin’s condition.
1. Skin Care – Skin care can be an integral part of addressing the aging face. Your skin care routine should address the 4 core areas:
a. Growth Factors
b. Retinol: (Renova, Retin-A, Avage, Tazorac). Derived from Vitamin A, retinoids that you apply to your skin may be able to reduce fine wrinkles, splotchy pigmentation and skin roughness. Retinoids cause increased photosensitivity so then should be used with a skin-care program that includes. They may also cause redness, dryness, itching, and a burning sensation.
d. Sunscreens: Since UV damage is the number one cause of the aging face, sunscreens and practicing good sun protection are critical. Always use a moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen that covers UVA and UVB and avoid that midday sun. Even though damage may have already been done in the past, protecting yourself now will decrease potential issues you may have with skin cancers and aging in the future.
2. Chemical Peels: Peels are a great way to get your skin care routine off to the right start. You can choose from more superficial peels that remove only a portion of the epidermis, to more aggressive peels that treat more deeply. After a series of peels, you may notice less fine wrinkling in your skin and a fading of brown spots.
3. Botox: One of the leading cosmetic procedures across the country, Botox is an effective way to treat wrinkles in the upper third of the face. When injected in small doses into specific muscles, Botox blocks the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. When the muscles can’t tighten, the skin flattens and appears smoother and less wrinkled. Botox works well on frown lines between the eyebrows and across the forehead, as well as crow’s-feet at the corners of the eyes.
4. Soft tissue fillers. Fillers help address areas of volume loss as well as deeper wrinkles, such as cheeks, nasolabial folds, receding lips, marrionnette lines and jowls. Fillers, such as Juvéderm XC Ultra and Ultra Plus, help to plump and smooth out wrinkles and furrows, as well as replace some of the lost volume in your face. You may experience temporary swelling, redness and bruising in the treated area. The procedure may need to be repeated every 6-12 months
5. Laser, light source and radiofrequency treatments.
a. Active and Deep FX Lasers: In ablative (wounding) laser resurfacing, a laser beam destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the wound heals, new skin forms that’s smoother and tighter. With the newest developments in laser technology, healing time has decreased significantly.
b. Fraxel Dual: Less intense lasers (nonablative lasers), skin feels firmer and appears refreshed
6. Thermage: This no down time procedure is a non surgical answer to sagging jowls and necks. Heating the dermis using radiofrequency causes new Collagen and Elastin formation. You will continue to improve with time as Collagen and Elastin start to form.
Keep in mind that results vary depending on the location of your wrinkles and how deep your wrinkles are. However, nothing stops the aging process of skin, so you may need more than one treatment to maintain benefits.