I’m often asked whether topical creams and serums can erase wrinkles. My answer? It depends on the type of wrinkle. Before you choose a treatment, you need to know your options.
We offer a variety of treatments at the Emory Facial Center and work with our patients to create a plan that’s right for them. Some types of wrinkles can be minimized with topical treatments. In other cases, injectables or surgery may be your best bet. Often, a combination of treatments is needed to see optimum results. However, correcting the tone, texture, and health of your skin with good skin care products will certainly enhance the results from any treatment. Wrinkles can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Dry skin: A dry environment can cause dry skin, as can cleaning your face with hot water and harsh cleansers, which can strip your skin of its natural moisturizing properties and disrupt the pH balance. If your skin texture is rough and dry, with fine lines and increased sensitivity, a non-abrasive exfoliant, such as AHA glycoloic acid, and a moisturizer designed for your skin type may give you excellent results. You can help prevent wrinkles from forming by keeping your skin in a healthy, balanced state with a gentle cleanser and a good moisturizer.
Sun-damaged skin: Both exposure to the sun and tanning booths can damage your support layer of skin, or dermis, which in turn causes a loss of support tissue (collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid). This loss of support results in loose skin that doesn’t “bounce back” when stretched. A retinoid, such as retinol or retinoic acid (Retin-ATM), can help stimulate the production of support tissue and revitalize your skin. Optimum results with retinol take longer than with retinoic acid, but many people find this milder retinoid easier to use, as retinoic acid can cause irritation and dermatitis if not used carefully. Filler injections will also benefit skin that has damage to the dermis support layer. “Plumping up” the volume of lost support tissue is very effective in treating these types of wrinkles. Chemical peels and certain lasers are also used to treat skin with these types of wrinkles.
Loose skin Both massive weight loss and natural aging can cause loose skin and folds that are difficult to treat with any topical product. The loss of muscle mass and bone density that comes with aging also contributes to loose skin and folds. Filler injections can help, but surgery provides the best results for eliminating loose skin and folds.
Muscle movement suscle relaxers, such as BotoxTM, will help reduce wrinkles associated with muscle movement, such as crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows.
Not sure what treatment is best for you? Schedule a consultation with one of our skin care experts today at 404.303.0101.
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