When you look in the mirror, what do you look at first? Your face. And if there’s a new blemish, discolored spot or wrinkle on your face, your eye is immediately drawn there and your brain likely begins to think, “Where did that come from?”
Next you may start thinking about how you can cover it up or treat it efficiently because people likely want blemish-free, younger looking skin.
It’s difficult to cover up the signs of aging for very long with concealers, so when it comes to men and women who are seeking smoother skin, many look for alternative treatment options to lessen the appearance of their wrinkles.
There are several treatment options to choose from when it comes to lessening the appearance of wrinkles. How to choose the best treatments for wrinkles on your face depends on:
- How much downtime you want
- The level of invasiveness you desire
- Your results timeline
Once you determine your ideal amount of downtime, invasiveness and timeline, younger looking skin is available to anyone.
What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles appear as people age due to the collagen production in your body slowing down. Collagen is a protein and accounts for about 33% of the total protein in your body. When collagen production slows down, your once elastic skin begins to sag and fine lines and wrinkles form.
Wrinkles can form on any area of the body, but people are likely to seek treatment on places of the body seen every day, such as:
Learn more about the best treatment for your wrinkles below.
The best treatment for wrinkles on the face
Pros: If you’re searching for a non-invasive approach with no downtime, prescription and nonprescription wrinkle creams may be for you. Prescription medicines containing retinoids may lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Using non-prescription wrinkle and anti-aging creams that contain key ingredients like Retinol, antioxidants, and some peptides can give you slight results over time as well.
Cons: The effectiveness of wrinkle and anti-aging creams is most likely minimal and short-lived. Although you won’t have to go through any procedures, they may not yield the results you’re trying to achieve.
Using anti-aging creams and applying sunscreen daily can help with the appearance of wrinkles later in life. Begin your skincare routine early in life to lessen the effects of aging.
Ablative laser resurfacing
Pros: When you undergo ablative laser resurfacing, the laser used will completely destroy the outer layer of your skin (epidermis) and will heat the skin underneath (dermis) to stimulate new collagen fiber growth. While this method doesn’t eliminate excessive or sagging skin, it does create a new outer layer of skin, eliminating the imperfections of the previous epidermis.
Cons: Although ablative laser resurfacing is usually done as an outpatient procedure, it’s an ablative procedure and the recovery time can take several months. Usually, you’re placed under a local anesthetic or fully sedated for extensive resurfacing.
Pros: Injectables like Botox are used as an alternative to surgery and have little to no downtime. Botox treats wrinkles deemed as “dynamic,” which means they formed from smiling, frowning, squinting and other repetitive muscle movements. It can be an extremely effective noninvasive treatment.
Cons: Injectables like Botox don’t correct the wrinkles, they conceal them from the inside out, which means you must keep up treatments continuously. They also don’t work well with “static” wrinkles, such as wrinkles caused by sun damage, smoking, and general loss of collagen.
SmoothGlo™ by Lumenis
Pros: SmoothGlo™ by Lumenis is a new sequential treatment utilizing the power of intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency (RF) microneedling to treat the three main signs of aging – tone*, texture, and loss of volume. Every person’s different, so depending on your skin’s condition, SmoothGlo™ spans 3-4 treatments.
SmoothGlo™ treatments are minimally invasive and minimal downtime is noted after each session.
Cons: The demand for SmoothGlo™ is high and providers are being certified weekly. If you’re in a rural area, you may have to travel or wait for an appointment to start your “glo” process.
SmoothGlo™ providers are sweeping the nation. To see what SmoothGlo™ is all about and find out if it’s right for you, visit SmoothGlo.com to find the closest provider to you.
* Skin tone improvement through treatment of pigmented lesions
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