Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles - either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin).
Treatment for wrinkles includes everything from topical creams and moisturizers to cosmetic procedures. Some common topical medical treatments include:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids, preparations made from "fruit acids" that produce subtle improvements in the appearance of wrinkles.
- Antioxidants, creams consisting of Vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene that improves the appearance of wrinkles and provides some additional sun protection.
- Moisturizers, which temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Vitamin A Acid, which helps alleviate some of the signs of aging, including mottled pigmentation (e.g., liver spots), roughness and wrinkling.
Cosmetic procedures include:
Will improve blotchy skin and improves overall texture. These peels are relatively painless and offer great benefit in a short amount of time. An example of the Vi Peel before and after pictures are seen below.
More information about the Vi Peel can be found at http://www.vipeel.com
Restylane(Medecis) and Juvederm(Allergan)-will improve smile lines and lower face lines. These type of fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and are very safe. They generally last 6-9 months before needing additional treatment. An example of Juvederm before and after pictures are below More information about Juvederm and Resylane can be found at Juvederm and http://www.restylaneusa.com
For treatment of forehead lines. These products are injected using tiny needles during a brief office visit resulting in relaxed forehead muscles. More detailed information about Botox and Dysport can be found at Botox and http://www.dysportusa.com/
Overall skin tightening using non abaltive or ablative lasers.The best prevention for wrinkles is to keep the skin moisturized and use sunscreen and sun protective clothing to prevent additional damage from the sun. Read More!