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Rip Van Wrinkle: Treatments for Wrinkles that Work

Call it what you like, crow’s feet, frown lines, lipstick lines, smoker’s lines, laugh lines, albatross neck, but wrinkles are wrinkles. Some lines appear upon awakening in the morning but these soon disappear through the course of the day.

Some facial lines become permanent and deepen as we get older because we keep creasing our skin in the same place. A good example would be laugh lines running from the corners of the nose to the chin or smoker’s lines along our lips from pursing them constantly. As our skin become thinner and drier due to ageing, these lines deepen. Overexposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun compounds the issue and let’s face it, which one of us have never spent a day frolicking in the sun and sea or driven around in a car with the sun beating relentlessly down on our faces, neck and shoulders?

Over time, collagen and elastin production, which makes up the support structure in our skin, becomes less. So it is unsurprising that research from the University of Michigan supports the fact that treatments encouraging the production of collagen are the most effective in reducing wrinkles.

Here are some treatment options you may be considering to reduce wrinkles. Every person’s condition differs and it is best to seek professional advice before trying them.

Photorejuvenation uses a wide spectrum light technology to renew the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. A beam of high energy light is introduced to the skin prompting the cells to produce collagen. The extra collagen provides more support to prop up the skin structure, lightening skin creases (wrinkles and fine lines), resulting in younger looking skin.

It is a non-ablative treatment, meaning no skin is removed during the procedure and therefore requires less recovery time. The wide spectrum light is also beneficial in improving a wider range of skin problems such as rosacea, uneven skin tone, age spots and reducing pore size.

Laser therapy may be required for deeper wrinkles as it is able to penetrate deep within the skin to treat damaged skin and to boost collagen production. This option is to be considered for more serious skin problems such as deep wrinkles, serious sun damage and severe acne scarring. The treatment involves removing a really thin layer of skin with a laser which means a longer recovery period is required after each treatment.

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation treatment to loosen and remove dead cells from the surface of the skin to reveal the healthier and younger looking skin beneath. Regular clients of microdermabrasion treatments have noticed a lightening of fine lines especially around the eyes. But because the treatment does not penetrate the skin, the procedure does not induce the skin to produce collagen to keep more wrinkles from developing. It does however enhance the benefits of topical applications by allowing them to penetrate the skin more easily.

A Chemical Peel on the other hand is a much deeper exfoliation, achieved with chemical agents. The acids in the chemical peel penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastic production, working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and evens out skin tone improving the skin’s overall look.

Retinoids are a chemical compound closely related to Vitamin A. Topical applications with retinoids such as Retin-A work by stimulating collagen renewal within the skin. Ideally, the skin should be prepped by exfoliation or microdermabrasion to absorb the cream or lotion enabling the retinoids to penetrate the skin easily. Retinoic acids in anti-ageing products have a tendency to dry the skin so experiencing skin tightening, flaking and sun sensitivity is not uncommon. It is important to protect the skin with moisturisers and sun screens.

Dry skin doubles the rate of developing wrinkles so moisturise, moisturise and moisturise, no matter what your age is. Moisturisers have the temporary effect of plumping up the skin but the real benefit is keeping the skin soft and less susceptible to developing fine lines.

Botox and Injectables are the rage, especially in Hollywood. Botox is the commercial name of a purified toxin that ‘relaxes’ the muscles that cause wrinkles. The treatment involves injecting the active ingredient into the muscles around the ‘wrinkle’ area to stop them from clenching up. Likewise, Injectables, like the name suggests involves injecting hyaluroni-acid fillers to replace fat loss as we age. The most evident fat loss is in the cheek area and the area where the laugh lines develop.

Last but not least, consider a Face Lift or an Eyelift. Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular with a more affluent population. It is an invasive treatment requiring a longer recovery period but the effects lasts many more years than any of the above options, so that you look younger and good for your age.

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