If wrinkles have got you worrying, no doubt you're furrowing your brow in a frown. This very action may cause wrinkles to form - so it's time to stop worrying! A wrinkle is any fold, crease, line or ridge in the skin. Deep-set or superficial, wrinkles are a nuisance but now there are several effective ways to treat them so you can have smooth and wrinkle-free skin.
As seen on The Doctors, wrinkles occur due to collagen loss in the dermis. Dr. Drew Ordon stresses the importance of having a good skin product that includes vitamin C or ascorbic acid in a stable form, such as the Obagi Professional C line, to help fight wrinkles. But what if the time of prevention is long gone and you have existing wrinkles now? Not all wrinkles are created equal and certain wrinkles respond better to specific treatments for that area. These 3 wrinkle busters are completely non-surgical and can be performed during lunchtime.
- Radio Frequency Skin Tightening
Ideal For: all-over facial rejuvenation, jawline
Actual Thermage Results of Dr. Janee Steinberg
A breakthrough in skin tightening, the original Thermage was quite uncomfortable but got results. The newest iteration of the radio frequency based device, the Thermage Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT) not only delivers great results, it addresses the pain issue with more pulses and cooling bursts. "New Thermage technology delivers up to 5 times more lifting ability without the pain and our patients are extremely happy," states Marina Del Rey board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Grant Stevens, "We have a number of 35-50 year old patients who are have undergone Thermage to lift and tighten the skin on their faces, necks and brows." Thermage CPT works by stimulating collagen growth which fills in wrinkles and tightens skin. Patients can expect to see results within 3-6 months as collagen continues to build.
- Dermal Fillers
Ideal For: nasolabial folds, cheeks, lips
Actual Results of Dr. Tahl Humes with Radiesse and Sculptra
There are many facial fillers available on the market - most are hylauronic acids or synthetic formulas that may be used to fill in lines and wrinkles. Among these, Juvederm and Restylane are popular choices to fill out more superficial lines. To fill in deeper wrinkles or to rebuild collagen, physicians like to use Sculptra or Radiesse for larger areas of skin. Since Sculptra encourages natural collagen growth, results are not apparent immediately but will last up to 2 years. Most patients will see immediate results after other dermal fillers are injected and results last up to 9 months, depending on the type of filler.
- Botulinum Toxin
Ideal For: glabellar lines or frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead, Crow's Feet
Actual BOTOX Before and After Photos of Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili
One of the most popular procedures available in aesthetic medicine today, BOTOX has been used to effectively treat wrinkles that appear around the eyes, between eyebrows and forehead. These wrinkles typically appear from frowning or squinting and can range from superficial to deep. Recent competitors such as Dysport and Xeomin may have different molecular compounds but treat the same area of wrinkles. An injection of botulinum toxin paralyzes muscles to temporarily smooth away wrinkles. Results are visible a few days post injection and last 3-8 months.
With so many options to treat wrinkles, there's no reason to worry. From skin care products to overall facial rejuvenation, banish wrinkles from your vocabulary and your face.