Fine lines and wrinkles

Skin is perhaps the most visible part of the human body that can make or break one’s appearance. With aging, aging signs become more and more visible on the skin. It usually starts with fine lines and wrinkles followed by age spots and then eventually skin laxity.

The good news is fine lines and wrinkles are avoidable, thanks to several treatment options available. This article discusses these cosmetic concerns and treatment options to overcome them, so read on.

A Brief Look into Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are formed due to many factors. Loss of collagen in the skin due to environmental pollution and unprotected exposure to the scorching sun makes it to the top of the list. Dehydration also plays a significant part in their appearance. Surprisingly, facial expressions also contribute to the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, as the skin gets stretched a lot when developing these expressions.

How to Avoid Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

Prevention is better than cure, and it is undoubtedly very much applicable in the case of wrinkles and fine lines. To avoid them, ensure that you get adequate sleep and drink lots of water to keep the skin healthy. It is also necessary that you avoid the sun during peak hours. When you go out, be sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear a large hat to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Expressions like squinting and frowning aren’t going to help your skin and should be avoided to keep wrinkles away. Calling it quits on smoking can also help as your favorite cigarette has a significant damaging impact on your skin and other vital body organs.

Treatment Options for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

There are several treatments available to correct wrinkles and fine lines. Here is a brief overview of those treatments.

Microdermabrasion

This treatment uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin using a handheld device. Those crystals are sprayed onto the skin to carry out a ‘sanding’ job. This process instigates the healing process, leading to healthier skin replacing the damaged one. At the same time, collagen production in the skin gets a jumpstart, which improves the skin further by making it firm.

Moreover, the treatment has to be repeated a few times for the intended outcome. The good thing is the treatment procedure is minimally invasive with insignificant side effects and no downtime. There is a bit of pain associated with this procedure, but the surgeon applies a topical anesthetic solution to counter this pain preemptively.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 is used to correct the fine lines and wrinkles. This technique creates micro-punctures in the skin to stimulate a healing response. Consequently, new skin cells are formed that essentially replace the old and damaged skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. At the same time, the skin gets elastic and firm, thanks to a boost in elastin and collagen levels.

This treatment generally results in very few mild side effects and no downtime. You might experience a bit of procedure-related discomfort, which is usually treatable with the topical anesthetic application before the treatment.

Remember, you may need to undergo a few laser skin-resurfacing sessions to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles altogether.

Botox

Botox is injected into the muscle below the skin area where wrinkles are forming. The injected drug inhibits the contraction of that muscle by making it unresponsive to signals from prospective nerves. As a result, this muscle remains enlarged and relaxed, ultimately reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Generally, there are almost no side effects and downtime with this treatment. The only sensation of pain comes from the pinpricks of the injections during the treatment.

The Botox effects can last for a few months, after which you can undergo another treatment session unless a health condition rules out its possibility.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are acidic solutions that boost collagen levels in the skin and allow healthier skin to form on top. These solutions are available in different strengths and are applied as per an individual’s requirements.

Side effects and downtime associated with this treatment vary with the strength of chemical peels used. Generally, the dermatologist applies a numbing solution to the treatment area before applying these peels. While you can use milder forms of these peels at home, it is best to get this treatment from a skilled dermatologist if your skin is sensitive.

Final Thoughts

Fine lines and wrinkles are aging signs that denote an accelerated process of skin breakdown. Fortunately, these problems are treatable with several non-invasive and highly effective treatment options. More importantly, be sure to discuss your issue with an experienced dermatologist.

In the end, visit us at Laser Skin Care to learn more about fine lines and wrinkles treatments or to schedule a procedure. Use the form below to book an appointment.