What treatments are available to cure wrinkle?
Wrinkles do not need to be treated unless the person wishes to eliminate them for cosmetic reasons. For fine wrinkles, retinoic acid may be applied to the skin to fill in the crevices. Wrinkles may also be treated by a number of procedures, such as the following: • topical creams and ointments, such as tretinoin or alphahydroxyl acids (AHAs), which peel off top layers of skin • chemical peels to remove wrinkled layers, such as the application of lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acids • dermabrasion, a procedure that sands away the top layers of skin • injection of substances such as fat or collagen, which is a gelatin-like
substance, under the skin • laser surgery, which removes layers of skin. This procedure is used especially for wrinkles around the eyes. • botulinum toxin, which is used for wrinkles between the eyebrows and around the eyes. The toxin is injected into the muscle that caused the wrinkle. It paralyzes the muscle, so that the wrinkles gradually disappear when the muscle isn't used.
Many effective skin creams and lotions are now available and are proving to reduce wrinkles or their effect without great expense or invasive and sometimes painful treatments. Some people receive such psychologic benefit from simple wrinkle-reduction programs that it might even help them avoid psychotherapy. One study, for example, was conducted using women whose skin was photodamaged and who had high anxiety and obsessive compulsive ratings. After receiving the topical vitamin A derivative, Retin A, for two years, they reported significantly reduced levels of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behavior than those not using the cream.
For people who make the decision to pursue intensive treatments, individuals should consider the following factors, among others, and discuss them with their dermatologist or plastic surgeon: The ability of the procedure to safely reduce wrinkles; The ease and safety record of the procedure; The skill of the doctor; The length of recovery; Possible complications; The duration of the benefits.
A person's age also helps determine the procedure. For people in their thirties, a simple chemical peel is sufficient. After age 40, people may benefit from collagen or fat implants. At age 50 and over, plastic surgeons recommend laser resurfacing and customized treatments for individual needs.
Combination procedures may be needed. Some examples include the following: Laser surgery may be used for deep lines (such as those around the mouth) and chemical peels used over the rest of the face. For enhancing the eye by correcting droopy eyelids and bags and raising the brow, combinations of blepharoplasty (eye lift), Botox, and laser resurfacing may be used.
Each treatment mentioned above causes uniform destruction and shedding of your old damaged superficial skin cells. This allows healthier deep cells to surface while they are still young and fresh. Each of these treatments organizes and expedites the process of skin turnover and helps you reclaim the skin of your youth. As a result, you will see improvement in some or all of the following skin problems: large pore size, loss of skin vitality, roughness, discoloration, fine wrinkles, acne scars, dynamic wrinkles, and loss of skin tone. (Fillers and Botox are guided by other principles).
Despite their similarities, each treatment works slightly differently and therefore yields a different degree of improvement. No one treatment solves all problems. In general, deeper treatments yield greater improvement but impose longer recovery. To optimize their results, many people employ two treatment options that complement one another, such as laser resurfacing and Botox injections.