Unfortunately, everyone gets older. We cannot preserve our young looks forever. And one of the early signs of aging that makes us look very old is wrinkles. Wrinkles, or rhytids as they are also known, appear usually on the parts of the skin that are most exposed to the sun like the face, neck, the back of the hands, and the forearms.
While there is a lot of factors that can cause skin wrinkles like aging, loss of body mass, sun damage, and smoking, fortunately there are a lot of ways to treat wrinkles nowadays. One of the main ways of treating wrinkles is plastic surgery but that is not what we are going to talk about in this post. We will be talking here about the best non-surgical procedures to say goodbye to wrinkles.
Injections of toxins such as Botox (Botulinum toxin) or Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) can temporarily fix the forehead wrinkles by relaxing the clenching of the facial muscles, which in turn makes the wrinkles disappear. The result of Botox injection is dramatically magical.
Some people find it worrying to inject toxins in their skin, especially that this toxin is extracted from the botulinum bacteria, but in this procedure, only a very small amount of the toxin is injected and it is completely safe.
2. Laser skin resurfacing
There is a lot of evidence that laser skin resurfacing helps reducing wrinkles and other aging-related deformities of the skin. The result of this procedure varies a lot from one patient to another depending on the laser device used, the health condition of the person, the expertise of the doctor performing the procedure, and even the season.
There are many laser devices that are used to treat wrinkles but the most commonly used are CO2 Lasers, Erbium Lasers, and Fractional Lasers. Although laser treatment is generally considered a non-surgical procedure, some laser devices such as CO2 lasers are ablative, which cause little wounds to the skin and require some resting time after the procedure.
Fortunately, other laser devices such as fractional lasers are non-ablative, they do not cause any wounds to the skin and the patient does not have to rest at all after the procedure. These laser devices remove wrinkles by stimulating the collagen development in the skin, which in turn plumps up the skin making the wrinkles disappear.
Laser procedures should always be performed by an experienced specialist. It is recommended to undergo these procedures in autumn because the skin is very sensitive to sun exposure up to one year after some laser treatments, so it is better to undergo these procedures in autumn or winter when there is less sunlight.
Laser procedures are dangerous in some medical conditions. For example, if you suffer from cold sores or fever blisters, it is better to consult your doctor before undergoing laser procedure because the laser may cause complications. Some medications like isotretinoin, which is used to treat acne, may cause poor healing or scarring after laser procedures.
In general, laser skin resurfacing is a very effective — and often safe — way to get rid of wrinkles and maintain a young look. So, you may want to consider undergoing this kind of procedure if you suffer from wrinkles.
3. Intense pulsed light
Some people consider this procedure another version of laser skin surfacing method but it is actually not a laser therapy at all. Intense pulsed light, or photofacial as it is called, is one of the most advanced techniques to treat wrinkles.
This procedure lasts usually around 30 minutes, and it uses intense pulses of a special light to target your deeper skin, stimulating the development of collagen and the contraction of blood vessels making the wrinkles disappear.
4. Red light therapy
This procedure too uses a special sort of light to remove wrinkles. The light used in this procedure is obviously red and it has very low-level wavelengths. It affects the body by boosting the production of collagen and protecting the existing collagen.
This procedure is considered safe and it does not cause any kind of sensitivity or pigmentation to the skin.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin to smooth out wrinkles by using a special machine. This device first sprays some special crystals onto the skin in order to loosen the dead layer of the skin and then vacuum these dead cells making the skin softer and smoother.
Usually, one session of microdermabrasion is not enough to get the desired effect, but after a series of sessions the wrinkles start to disappear and the skin becomes smoother.
Unfortunately, this procedure mainly affects the shallow wrinkles and have a little, if any, effect on deep wrinkles.
This procedure uses heating and cooling techniques to get rid of wrinkles. Thermage heats the deep part of the skin, which is called the dermis, using radiofrequency energy while protecting the surface part of the skin, which is called the epidermis, by applying a cooling substance.
The heating process thickens and tightens the collagen that is based in the dermis, which in turn helps in getting rid of wrinkles.
These were some of the best modern non-surgical procedures that are used nowadays to get rid of wrinkles and maintaining a young and good look. There are surgical ways as well, such as facelift and neck lift, which are more effective and are suitable for people with deep wrinles. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation about the best way to get rid of wrinkles.