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Can Topical Creams and Serums Erase Wrinkles?

Jilleen Hoffman, Emory Facial Center

Jilleen Hoffman, Emory Facial Center

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.

If you’ve had success in treating fine lines and wrinkles, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your questions or thoughts in the comments section below.

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Anti-Aging Tips To Keep You Looking Young & Fresh

Summer Skincare TipsFor many of us, aging gracefully is easier said than done. Have you ever caught yourself in a side-view photo and wondered: Where did that double chin come from? Do people frequently come up to you and say: “Your eyes look so tired!” Rest assured, you are not the only one who has these types of concerns.

I see patients every day who wonder if there are simple ways to improve the way they look. There are several relatively easy procedures I recommend that require little downtime, but can give you a natural and, for most patients, dramatic improvement.

For the double chin: “Submentoplasty” is a procedure that can greatly improve your neckline contour with about a week’s recovery time. The hour-long surgery involves an inch-long incision made under the chin to raise the skin, suction out some fat and tighten the muscle of your neck. This surgery does not address the jaw line significantly, but it can make a big difference in your profile view.

There is some homework, of course, after surgery: wearing a wrap around the neck for a full week will give you a longer-lasting result and much more meaningful one. Patients in their 30s, 40s and sometimes 50s can be excellent candidates for this procedure.

For “tired-looking” eyes: Upper eyelid surgery is another fantastic way to get a high-impact surgery with a fairly easy recovery. Under local anesthesia or sedation, (depending on the patient’s comfort level), a small amount of skin and/or muscle from the upper eyelid can be removed. Small fat pockets can be contoured or removed, and the incision is closed on both sides usually within an hour of starting the procedure! Bruising can be an issue,  but this usually fades within a week after surgery.

After surgery, discomfort is minimal and the eyelid skin heals very nicely. Both men and women at most any age are good candidates. Many patients who have had this surgery say they feel more awake and alert with very little intrusion into their busy schedules, which in today’s competitive work environment can make a big difference!

If you have questions or concerns about the effects of aging on your appearance or facial plastic surgery, I would love to meet with you and discuss how the Emory Facial Center can help you feel more naturally beautiful. You can start by attending a live chat I’m hosting on Wednesday, July 27 at 12pm (EST) to discuss Summer Skincare tips. This is a free open Q&A chat where I will be fielding your questions on skincare in real time. You don’t have to be interested in facial surgery to attend. All you need is to bring your skincare questions with you! Summer Tips Chat Transcript

About Anita Sethna, MD
Anita Sethna, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She holds clinic at the Emory Facial Center located in Perimeter. Dr. Sethna’s professional goals are to provide her patients with the highest level of care for facial reconstructive as well as cosmetic procedures, maintaining natural and subtle results using surgical and non-surgical interventions. She joined Emory Healthcare in 2010.