Wrinkles happen to all of us as we get older, and for many, they’re an eyesore they’d rather not have to deal with. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways you can reduce wrinkles with the help of your dermatologist.
Wrinkles occur on skin when we age and are most pronounced on areas prone to sun exposure and damage, so the face is especially predisposed to wrinkling. Wrinkles appear as lines, creases or folds in your skin, and a lot of people would do anything to prevent them. Our skin is made up of several components that all contribute to its natural, full look. As we age, these processes begin to slow or change. The skin loses its elasticity or stretchiness as collagen and oil production levels decrease. Consider collagen the glue that holds skin together tightly while also allowing for it to stretch and move. Fat, stored in the deeper layers of the skin, starts to decrease as age sets in, so it has less support and structure behind it. This can cause skin to appear sunken, loose and saggy.
UV light from the sun can break down collagen and other components of your skin, and after years of exposure, this combines with natural changes to produce more deep, defined wrinkles and grooves in the skin. Sun damage can also cause other serious health issues, so if you don’t yet, practice good sun protection skincare. It will help prevent wrinkles and a number of dangerous or just unsightly skin conditions. Some fine lines and wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions like smiling or frowning, and while your facial muscles stay capable of forming such expressions, they wear grooves that can no longer be filled by your less elastic skin.
If you’re worried about wrinkles, you’re far from alone. It’s not vain to wish for smoother skin. With the advances in medical technology, there are a wide variety of treatments that can have you feeling younger in no time. We’re going to consider some skin therapies, so we’ll save the discussion of BOTOX and Juvederm for another time.
A chemical peel and microdermabrasion are two fairly straightforward approaches to wrinkle reduction. A chemical peel works a lot like a facial, but with much ‘harsher’ chemicals to really reinvigorate healthy skin production. These chemicals work to damage the topmost, superficial layer of your skin, which leads to healthy new growth. Most commonly, salicylic acid is the chemical used by the process, and side effects are limited. Many people experience something akin to a mild sunburn, with redness being common in the first week following treatment. Skin is meant to flake off following the procedure, and that usually starts in a week to two weeks later. Salicylic acid chemical peels, when repeated over multiple sessions, are a great way to boost collagen production and smooth away wrinkles and fine lines.
Microdermabrasion works to get similar results to a chemical peel in an entirely different way. Without the use of chemicals, a dermatologist will use an instrument or device to make small perforations to the skin. This superficial damage, much like a chemical peel, encourages healthier skin to grow in the perforated skin’s place. Repeated sessions are necessary for meaningful results, but microdermabrasion is a very good noninvasive way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Laser therapy is the newest, most exciting way to treat wrinkles and fine lines. But don’t let its newness fool you; it’s an incredibly reliable way to give your skin the definition it once had. Laser light works to reinvigorate the collagen production in your skin surrounding wrinkles and lines by damaging the upper layers, requiring your body to produce more. In principle, the process is a lot like a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, but lasers allow for a higher degree of precision and often the results last longer. This means you have fewer maintenance visits to plan for in the future. In all, laser therapy may be the most effective, but it’s also the most expensive.
No matter your budget or the severity of your wrinkles, there’s a treatment for you. If you’re tired of fine lines and wrinkles, reach out for a consultation with New England Dermatology today.
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