Treatments for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles can add years to a person's appearance and negatively impact their self-esteem. Thankfully, there are more options to combat the signs of aging than ever before.
Dermal fillers Fillers such as Collagen, Restylane and Radiesse work to restore the loss of volume in the skin that allows static fine lines and wrinkles to form. The dermal filler is injected into the wrinkle using a fine needle. The filler than binds with water and fills the crevice to the desired plumpness. Patients may feel a slight stinging during the treatment and if needed, topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area. Patients notice immediate results that generally last 6 months to a year.
Botox Botox is a simple, non-surgical procedure that relaxes the facial muscles to stop dynamic wrinkles from forming. Botox is injected directly into the facial muscle with a very fine needle to smooth away wrinkles. Because, Botox temporarily immobilizes the facial muscles from contracting, patients can also use this treatment to prevent future dynamic wrinkles from developing. Patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure and results typically last 3-6 months.
Fractional Resurfacing Fractional lasers use a specialized light to target the deep dermal layers and create a controlled level of damage to areas of the skin where collagen has been damaged. This process stimulates the body's healing mechanism to stimulate the production of new collagen and create a softer more revitalized appearance. Patients generally require 4 treatments every month for up to 4 months.
Chemical Peel Chemical peels use a combination of safe chemicals to remove the damaged surface layer of the skin. The new, regenerated skin underneath is smoother and significantly less wrinkled. There are different levels of peels that provide a different level of penetration in the skin. The deeper the depth of the peel the more dramatic the results will be and the longer it will take for the skin to heal. Light peels penetrate the upper layer of the skin and are recommended for superficial wrinkles. Medium peels reach the top of the dermal layer and are effective for mild to moderate wrinkles. Deeper peels target the deep layers of the skin and are used to treat deeper more severe facial wrinkling.
Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion is a light exfoliating treatment that uses aluminum oxide-crystals to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, creating a more subtle and refreshed appearance. Microdermabrasion also helps stimulate the growth of new collagen to improve the texture of the skin. Normally several treatments are necessary to see dramatic results.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (FotoFacial) This treatment uses an intense pulsed light to repair wrinkles from deep within the skin, leaving the surface layer unharmed. The high intensity pulses of light help to soften fine lines and wrinkles while improving the texture of the skin. Normally 6-12 treatments are required and patients can resume their daily activities and return to work immediately after each treatment.
Surgical face lift A face lift is a surgical procedure that tightens the entire surface of the skin to smooth out wrinkles and eliminate loose and saggy skin. The surgeon begins the procedure by making a tiny incision above the hairline down to the ear. The skin and muscle are then separated, pulled back, and tightened. Excess fat can also be extracted or repositioned to create a more youthful and contoured appearance. Consult with your skin care specialist to find out which treatment is best for you.