The number one sign of aging skin is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So any anti-aging effort is necessarily focused on wrinkle reducing treatments. But which ones work after wrinkles have already appeared? If you’re struggling with feeling confident because of some facial wrinkles, here are a few wrinkle reducers to consider trying.
A chemical peel treatment is a very popular option for anyone looking to take a few years off the appearance of their skin. This particular cosmetic treatment is superficial, so it requires no needles and works by exfoliating the surface of the skin. Receiving a chemical peel will show instant results, like brighter and more even skin tone, but getting regular chemical peels at four- to six-week intervals can make a difference in the appearance of wrinkles. Routine chemical peels can even treat pigmented skin spots -- from sun exposure or age -- and scars from acne or other trauma to the skin. Chemical peels are quick and easy at about 30 minutes per treatment with virtually no downtime.
Botox works on the root cause of wrinkles: the frequent contraction of the muscles surrounding them. When we smile, squint, frown, or speak, our thousands of tiny facial muscles tighten to form an expression. Over the years, this creates creases in the face. Botox uses a special chemical solution with a controlled toxin in it to “relax” the muscle surrounding the wrinkle. This FDA-approved solution is injected to target the wrinkle precisely. The wrinkle then smoothes out. Botox isn’t permanent and will require routine (every six months or so) appointments to touch up the area.
Fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their accessibility and effectiveness. These wrinkle reducing treatments, which include brands like Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane, use an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid solution to promote hydration in the skin cells. Once this necessary burst of hydration is added, it increases firmness and plumpness in hollow or sagging areas. Fillers can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles in targeted areas of the face. Like Botox, this wrinkle reducer isn’t permanent, but it tends to last anywhere from six months to a year.
Regardless of how old you are or how much your skin is showing its age, it’s never too late to take care of skin and prevent further wrinkles. Opt for skin care products specially formulated for your skin type -- usually categorized as either normal, dry, oily, or combination. Look for the label “non-comedogenic” on all products to ensure they won’t clog your pores.
Existing wrinkles tend to respond best to ingredients like retinol and peptides, which is why they’re often found in eye creams and other wrinkle reducers. Use high-quality cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, and add in serum if needed. A non-abrasive exfoliating product used just once or twice a week can also help tighten and brighten skin by sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing fresh skin beneath. Finally, remember to use a product with a minimum SPF 15+ every day, even when indoors, and an SPF 50+ when outside in the sun.
If you’re in the Bellevue, Washington area and want to try a wrinkle reducing treatment, contact North Pacific Dermatology today for an appointment.