While aging is an inevitable part of life, there are many anti-wrinkle procedures you can have to delay and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Wrinkles are folds, creases, and ridges in the skin and muscle that appear over time. To combat aging, find out about the best wrinkle treatments available at a MedSpa.
BOTOX Cosmetic is an FDA-approved product that is the most popular facial wrinkle treatment. BOTOX is a natural purified protein that binds with receptor sites to weaken muscle contractions and reduce dynamic wrinkles and fine lines. Dynamic wrinkles occur due to facial muscle action, and include prominent forehead creases, crow’s feet, and brow furrows.
The procedure is done once every 3-6 months in the office setting. The doctor first cleanses the skin using an antiseptic. Using a small needle, the doctor injects tiny amounts of the BOTOX solution into the forehead and around the eyes. Many women now are getting these injections for wrinkle prevention.
Also called skin sanding, dermabrasion is an effective technique for reducing heavy wrinkling on the forehead, around the mouth, and near the eyes. Dermabrasion also helps minimize acne scarring. The procedure involves removing the outer skin layer, so that new skin forms and the central layer thickens with collagen.
During the procedure, the doctor uses a local anesthetic and diamond fraize to eliminate pain. A small wheel device is moved across the skin to remove the top layer. Afterwards, the skin feels like a sunburn, and is tight and red. It takes 5-10 days to heal after dermabrasion.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses the laser to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and minor facial flaws. The surgeon can use a carbon dioxide (CO2) or erbium laser in the office setting. Laser skin resurfacing is used to promote collagen formation and remove the top skin layers so that smooth, new skin tissue forms.
After the skin is cleaned, a topical numbing agent is applied. The laser is moved across the skin, targeting wrinkles. After the procedure, the treated areas are dressed with bandages. The client must soak and apply ointment daily to the treatment area. Healing takes anywhere from 3-10 days.
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic-acid-based injectable dermal filler. When used for wrinkles and fine lines, Sculptra plumps up the skin and creates a wrinkle-free, smooth contour. Polyactic acid is a synthetic substance that replicates a natural solution created by the muscles during exercise.
The Sculptra procedure can be done in the plastic surgeon’s office, and involves simple injections into wrinkled skin areas. Candidates for this procedure should be in good general health and not suffer from a skin infection or rash. Clients who receive 3-6 injection sessions will have a 50% increase in facial volume for up to two years.
Thermage involves the use of a small device to tighten and lift the skin. It is best for the face, eyelids, neck, and back of the hands. Thermage is used around the nose and mouth to reduce nasolabial folds and tighten skin along the jaw line. After only one procedure, you can achieve a youthful appearance.
Thermage works by using radiofrequency energy to create a uniform heating effect in the deep skin tissues. This tightens existing collagen in the dermis and stimulates new collagen development. The result is reduction in wrinkles, cheek and brow lifting, and jaw tightening.
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