What are wrinkles and fine lines?
The gradual development of facial wrinkles, whether fine surface lines or deeper creases and folds, is the classic early sign of accumulated skin damage and inevitable aging.
There are options available to prevent wrinkles from forming or deepening, as well as various options available to correct, reduce and soften wrinkles that have already formed.
Medicinal treatment options may include Neuromodulators, Dermal fillers, or topical prescription medications.
- Topical retinoids
- Non-prescription wrinkle creams containing hyaluronic acid, AHA, kinetin, coenzyme Q10, antioxidants, and copper peptides.
- Naturally-based lotions such as aloe, grape seed and ginger extracts.
- Oils such as virgin coconut oil and olive oil.
The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends in part on the active ingredient or ingredients. Listed above are some common ingredients that may result in slight to modest improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. Topical creams may soften or reduce your appearance of wrinkles; however, we recommend protecting your skin from the sun with a topical SPF to help delay the appearance or severity of wrinkles.
While surgical treatments such as a facelift are an option for sagging skin, it will not address skin quality. Other modalities may be beneficial before a surgical procedure is considered, such as lasers, chemical peels, focal injections, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion. If you are considering a surgical treatment, talking to your doctor is advised.
Laser- or light-source wrinkle treatments use powerful laser technology to renew the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. Laser wrinkle removal may also be effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles. Six treatments are traditionally recommended to receive the desired results, and we also recommend you pair these treatments with cosmetic injectables or other therapeutic treatments such as:
- Laser-, light-source and radiofrequency treatments such as IPL Photofacials and HALO Hybrid Laser
- Chemical Peels
- Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy
- Ultherapy Skin Tightening
- Topical broad based SPF creams.
What causes wrinkles and fine lines?
A combination of factors can cause facial lines. It’s not just about the cellular changes that may occur, or reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.
Wrinkles may be caused by many factors, including sun exposure, smoking, dehydration and contracting of the muscles. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines.