Goodbye to Lines
To better understand wrinkle treatments, it helps to know how these fine lines form in the first place.
In the skin just below the epidermis, you’ll find the second layer, called the dermis. This layer, which contains hair follicles, blood vessels, and nerves, is mostly made up of a protein known as collagen which acts as the support structure for the skin and forms a network of fibers to provide for cell growth.
Over time, this support structure weakens and the skin loses its elasticity and its tone as the collagen support wears down. Facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and smiling put stress on your skin’s collagen. The effects are cumulative and facial lines – those dreaded wrinkles - begin to appear.
The key to keeping wrinkles at bay is to encourage fibroblast cells in the skin’s deeper layers to grow new collagen. Here are some things that can be done to aid the body in this process.
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A massage is not only for stress relief and pampering, it can also help prevent the formation of wrinkles. Regular facial massages will facilitate the relaxation of facial muscles and stimulate the blood vessels. In combination, these will help to prevent new tension lines and wrinkles from appearing.
Microdermabrasion is not only a wrinkle treatment, it can also remove or diminish age spots and minor acne scars. At a doctors office, the physician uses a handheld instrument to almost “sandblast” your skin by spraying tiny crystals onto the skin’s surface, gently exfoliating the skin’s topmost layers. The crystals as well as dead skin cells are simultaneously removed by light suction. Multiple treatments may be necessary to maintain and achieve the desired effect. Microdermabrasion can also be performed at home with the use of kits that are readily available in stores.
Botox is a drug made from the toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. In large doses it can cause a severe form of food poisoning called botulism, but small injectable doses are commonly used to improve the appearance and lessen the severity of frown lines, forehead creases, crow's feet, and wrinkles around the mouth area. When injected into a muscle, it signals your facial muscles not to contract. This results in a temporarily weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles and either smoothes or eliminates skin wrinkles for a few months.
Collagen and other fillers are injectable wrinkle treatments made for giving your skin a smooth and plumper appearance. Collagen is the best-known filler and there are synthetic materials in use as well. You can even have collagen harvested from surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck. Injection usually involves local anesthesia for numbing the treatment site. You may experience slight bruising, puffiness, and redness there. Treatment may involve 2 - 4 collagen injections per year to maintain the skin's smoothness.
Filler injections are not for certain types of lines and scars or when certain medical conditions exist. It is very important to consult with your doctor to understand what injections of fillers might do for you.
A chemical peel is a wrinkle treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to facial skin by a trained professional. The resulting facial rejuvenation comes from the chemical action removing the skin's top layers. There are varying degrees of chemical peels that can be performed, from superficial treatments all the way to deep chemical peels. Side effects can vary from minor redness with light peels to discomfort, crusting and oozing with the more invasive treatments. This procedure can also reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation and sun damage.
The laser skin resurfacing (also called laser peel) procedure removes the outer layers of the skin which are damaged or unevenly pigmented, stimulating collagen production and new skin cells in the lower layers of the skin to eliminate or reduce wrinkles and fine lines on both the face and
This is a treatment that can be used to address wrinkles, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, freckles, rosacea, facial veins, brown spots, and enlarged pores. They can be eliminated or greatly diminished. This procedure improves collagen production, skin texture and skin tone by sending quick pulses of light through a prism onto the skin. This requires multiple treatments, usually five sessions, one every three weeks. One great benefit is that there’s is no "downtime" after the procedure — you can return right back to your normal daily activities immediately after your treatment.