Wrinkles are the result of ageing skin and volume loss. Although natural, it can make you feel self-conscious, especially if you feel that they make you look older than you feel. Celebrities will have you believe they don’t have wrinkles and conceal their treatments. Thanks to digital airbrushing, available at your fingertips, the desire to look flawless is relentless.
With all the information out there, how can you decide which treatment is best for you?
In this blog, I outline 5 main treatment modalities that reduce wrinkles.
What are the types of wrinkles?
These are the temporary creases that appear on your skin when you make a facial expression such as a frown or a smile.
These are permanent folds present all the time and may appear on the face, neck, or chest. They are due to skin laxity and repeated muscle contractions. Our skin begins to sag when it loses collagen and its elasticity. Sun exposure and smoking can accelerate the formation of wrinkles by depleting collagen and elastin levels early. The folds tend to get pulled down with gravity worsening the sagging.
The best strategy to reduce wrinkles is to prevent them rather than treat them.
Look at ways to protect your skin and boost its collagen levels.
Five ways to reduce your wrinkles
There is no perfect skincare routine because everyone is different. However, these are general principles when it comes to skincare:
- Use skincare products with proven medical-grade ingredients otherwise, you are wasting your money.
- Start early- consider key ingredients in your skincare in your 20s:
- Retinol exfoliates your skin and increases cellular turnover helping to firm up your skin to reduce fine lines.
- Hyaluronic acid holds on to water and plumps up your skin.
- Antioxidants like vitamin C protect your skin from free radicals encouraging cell repair and rebuild collagen and elastin.
- Peptides are the building blocks of collagen so make them part of your skincare!
- Start slow and go slow- using multiple ingredients at first can overwhelm and irritate your skin.
- Give skincare enough time- anything that makes a cellular change to your skin takes at least 6 weeks to work and most about 3 months to show improvements.
- Continue to use the products that work and don’t stop once you’ve seen results. Your skin is continually changing so the effects will cease if you stop.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Over 80% of skin ageing is due to UV radiation damage. The free radicals cause pigmentation spots or patches, make the skin’s texture rough and break down collagen and elastin. Sunscreens allow your skin to repair itself and prevent further damage!
Skin resurfacing treatments
These treatments are very effective across all age groups and can be performed all over the face, neck, and decolletage.
A chemical resurfacing treatment designed to deeply exfoliate the skin. After shedding the loosened top layers, your skin instantly appears more refined and radiant. New cell production is encouraged helping to plump it and reduce fine lines.
A physical skin remodelling treatment where multiple tiny puncture wounds are made on the skin. Your skin goes into repair mode stimulating collagen and elastin production. Expect a week of downtime following the treatment where your skin recovers. The effect of micro-needling is long-term and is a proven treatment for improving scars.
Skin tightening procedures
These are usually device-based treatments involving lasers, radio-frequency, or ultrasound. The existing collagen within the skin is either tightened or it is encouraged to produce more collagen. The result is firmer and plumper skin but downtime is variable.
This involves multiple injections of a product(s) into the skin to ‘boost’ its collagen levels. Typically, they contain skin-nourishing ingredients that protect, support, and stimulate the skin. Repeated treatments are required to maintain the results. Profhilo is a very popular skin booster containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate while boosting collagen.
Commonly known as Botox, this toxin temporarily blocks the connection between the nerves and muscles. It works best on your dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. Your static lines may soften with Botox but do not disappear. This is because these are caused by skin laxity and not just muscle contraction. Expect to see results within a few days after treatment with no downtime and peaks at 2 weeks when dose adjustments may be necessary. However, it wears off after 8-12 weeks as the body reforms the connections. Having repeated treatments regularly can help to prevent your wrinkles from deepening.
There are 2 main reasons for using dermal fillers when reducing wrinkles. Firstly, the skin folds are too deep for any of the above treatments to be effective. Secondly, there are specific wrinkles that are directly treated with hyaluronic acid ‘fillers’. Initially, the dermal filler will plump the skin reducing the appearance of the wrinkles. Subsequently, the hyaluronic acid will continue to absorb water and maintain the plumping effect for months.
It may be frustrating to see fines lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin. But those lines represent the life you’ve lived so it’s important to be realistic. It may not be possible to smooth all your wrinkles completely. But these measures will smooth them, boost your confidence, and improve how you feel about your skin. This is something I discuss at every consultation, and I only recommend treatment that will benefit you.
If you are looking for the treatment of wrinkles to give you natural results in Billericay, Essex, you can book a consultation or enquire for further information:
Dr Tash Kanagasabai
📱07825 999 144 or
☎️ 01277 549 006
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