Even with the best skin care routine, wrinkles happen. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. The result is sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and fine lines. While regularly moisturizing and use of sunscreen can delay the process, everyone gets wrinkles eventually.
The good news is, even severe wrinkles are now easily treatable. There are many deep wrinkle treatments on the market that can both reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines and prevent more wrinkles from occurring.
From classic methods like Botox to newer, innovative treatments that make use of radio frequency, there’s no shortage of ways to restore your skin to a more youthful appearance. Below, we’ll outline some of the most effective ways to treat deep wrinkles.
Botox is one of the oldest and best known means to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One of the biggest benefits of Botox is that it’s been around for a long time, so most practitioners working in aesthetic medicine have vast experience administering Botox treatments.
Facial muscle contractions are a major cause of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox relaxes these muscles, treating wrinkles at their cause. The result is smoother skin and less defined wrinkles. This also helps slow the aging process of the skin in general, stopping new wrinkles from forming.
Botox takes only a few minutes, and comes with no downtime. Side effects are rare, and usually only include light bruising that subsides within a few days. Results will last three to four months, after which you’ll need follow up treatment.
Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years. They’re gel-like substances injected beneath the surface of the skin. They can help restore lost volume, resulting in a smoother, younger appearance.
There are myriad types of dermal fillers on the market, all of which come with special advantages depending on the treatment site. If you’re considering dermal fillers, a qualified practitioner can walk you through the process and help you pick the right filler based on your aesthetic goals.
Many dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a cushioning agent that occurs naturally in the body. As you age, HA levels diminish, so restoring HA via dermal fillers can help the skin look more youthful.
Much like Botox, dermal fillers only take a few minutes and come with no recovery time. Unless otherwise instructed by your practitioner, you can return to your daily activities immediately after treatment. Different dermal fillers last for different lengths of time, so talk to your practitioner about when you’ll need follow up treatment.
RF (Radio Frequency) Microneedling
RF Microneedling can be a particularly powerful treatment that is primarily used for people over 30 that uses radio frequency to enhance skin appearance. RF Microneedling can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with scars and discoloration.
During RF Microneedling, your practitioner uses a handheld device to deliver thermal energy onto your skin via tiny pins. These small punctures in conjunction with radio frequency energy cause controlled damage, which boosts collagen production. This helps the skin look smoother, tighter, and younger. RF Microneedling is particularly popular for treating wrinkles in the lower face or sagging in the neck and jowls.
RF Microneedling takes slightly longer than options like dermal fillers and Botox, but usually not more than an hour. Most patients require two to three sessions for optimal results. Recovery is also slightly longer. You’ll need to take two to three days off work to allow your skin to heal.
Results are usually visible right away, and continue to improve for three to six months. While redness and swelling sometimes occur, it is usually mild and goes away within a few days. While the results are considered permanent, we all continue aging and at some point will feel they need additional treatments.
CO2 Laser Treatment
CO2 laser treatment removes damaged or wrinkled skin layer by layer via short, pulsating beams of light. It can be highly effective at not just treating deep wrinkles, but treating sun-damaged skin, liver spots, warts, birthmarks, scars, and more.
During CO2 treatment, your practitioner uses a carbon dioxide laser that sends short, pulsed beams of coherent light that remove the top layers of skin. At the same time, it heats the underlying skin, causing controlled damage that stimulates collagen production. As a result, you’ll be left with smoother, younger looking skin.
CO2 laser treatment usually takes about 90 minutes (this includes both the numbing and the treatment). While the effects are more dramatic than other options, the recovery is longer. You’ll experience significant redness for about two weeks. Your practitioner will send you home with an aftercare kit with ointments you’ll need to apply regularly. You also may need to refrain from using makeup after CO2 laser treatment, for a period of time.
Results are generally permanent, but as we all continue to age, you may feel the need for additional treatments in the future.
With so many deep wrinkle treatments on the market, it’s easier than ever before to maintain smooth, youthful-looking skin. Many deep wrinkle treatments carry the benefit of being non-invasive and come with minimal recovery time. The end result can boost your confidence and self-image.
The best way to figure out the right deep wrinkle treatment for you is to talk over your aesthetic goals with a practitioner. They should be able to direct you to the safest, most effective options.
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