Skin & Dermatology

Wrinkle treatment

Description

Wrinkles are the normal sign of aging that appear as creases, ridges and folds on the skin. The pesky lines appearing on the person’s face, arms, neck and hands are caused by years of exposure to the sun, smoking cigarette and repeated facial expressions, the skin gets thinner and drier, making it lose its elasticity and moisture. It is usual to witness wrinkles as you get older, however, the above mentioned factors can bring those ugly lines in your middle years as well. It first starts with a few fine lines on the face and body skin, which without treatment, can become more visible and deeper. If you are witnessing wrinkles on your skin, you should immediately consult a dermatologist as he/she can help you find out the exact cause and offer a treatment plan to get back your beautiful face.

Wrinkle treatment provided by a dermatologist allows your skin to become tighter and regain its ability of elasticity and springing. It is done by getting rid of the factors that are causing the wrinkles and providing proper medications to relieve the symptoms. If the wrinkles are severe or advancing rapidly, the doctor may also recommend a cosmetic surgery where the upper layer of the skin is removed, while the underlying skin is heated up.

Treatment

Wrinkle treatment can be performed through several methods, depending on how severe the wrinkles appear. Below are mentioned treatment methods:

  • Medication: Topical retinoids, which is derived from Vitamin A is the most common treatment method for reducing wrinkles. It is applied on the wrinkled skin regularly, which eliminated the roughness, fine lines and splotches from the skin. Furthermore, use of over the counter wrinkle creams are also effective in reducing wrinkles along with a slight use of retinol, kinetin, alpha hydroxyl acids and antioxidants, which is less effective than the others.

  • Various cosmetic procedures are available to treat the loosening and drying of skin. Each provides varying results and complications, which you must discuss with the surgeon before the procedure. The most common procedures are:

    • Dermabrasion: This surgical procedure fixes fine lines, scars, moles, nevi, etc. by using a powerful vacuum that sprays small particles of aluminium oxide on the surface of the skin that removes the outer layer of the cells and stimulates the growth of inner cells, giving a fresh and new appearance to the skin.

    • Laser therapy: This treatment involves destroying the outer layer of the skin through laser, radiofrequency and light source, while the underlying skin is heated up to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. The skin will appear smoother and tighter after the treatment, even though it may take a while to completely heal the wounds.

    • Botox: Short form of Botulinum toxin type A, this treatment method involve injecting a lower dose in the muscles that blocks the chemical signals, causing the contraction of the skin. This tightens the muscles and provide a wrinkle less appearance to the skin.

    • Chemical peels: This method involves inserting a chemical solution in the wrinkled skin that kills the dead cells and make to shed and peel off. The newly generated skin will be less wrinkled and have a better appearance than the previous one.

    • Facelift: This surgery helps the person look younger that include removing the excess of facial skin and fat, and tightening the underlying cells. This allows the person to look at least 5 years younger.

    • Fillers: Collagen, fat and hyaluronic acid are soft tissue fillers, which are injected into the face wrinkles that plumps and smoothen the skin giving a finer appearance.

Each procedure does not last for long and hence provide more of those procedures for a refreshed and wrinkle free skin.

Complications

Wrinkle treatment can cause many mild and severe side effects that include providing you a worse appearance that ever. Below are given some of the most common side effects:

  • Burning sensation in the skin

  • Itching and dryness

  • Temporary redness, swelling and tingling on the skin

  • Scarring

  • Darkening or lightening of skin color

  • Bruising

  • Headaches

Post operative care

After the surgical treatment, your skin will have less wrinkles and fine lines, but regular treatment after a few months will be necessary to stay wrinkle free.

Aging is a natural process and no matter how many times you undergo treatment, you will have wrinkles at some point of your life which will become more prominent as you age. The least you can do is slow down the process.

Avoid sun exposure, but do not avoid it for good or you will suffer from a deficiency of Vitamin D. Wear sun protective clothes and a hat to prevent your skin from ultraviolet rays of the sun. Apply sunscreen and moisturizers when you go out.

Quit smoking as it is considered a leading cause of wearing of skin. Avoid alcohol can also contribute to skin prevention as it dehydrates the body.

Sleep at least 8 hours in a day and follow a balanced diet along with regular exercising to maintain your overall health.