Non-Invasive Wrinkle Treatments
Although wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, they are a concern for many of us as we get older.
Depending on lifestyle and genetics, some of us will be notice fine lines appearing as early as our late 20s, while others will inherit great looking skin and appear wrinkle free into their 50s.
Fortunately, thanks to advances in medical grade skin care and treatments, there are many wrinkle treatment innovations available to our patients.
What Causes Wrinkles and Fine Lines?
Many factors contribute to their development. Genetics, lifestyle habits such as smoking and diet, and environment all play a role.
Learn more about the factors that can cuases wrinkles here.
Most people will notice the appearance of wrinkles eventually but some will wrinkle prematurely and to a greater extreme. The biggest contributing factor that is preventable is sun exposure. Development of wrinkles can be delayed with daily use of SPF, a healthy lifestyle, and skincare that includes retinol.
Are Your Wrinkles Fine Lines, Furrows or Folds?
Fine lines are typically surface level and develop because of irregular thickening of the dermis and loss of water in the epidermis.
Most of the time fine lines are caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins (particularly tobacco smoke) to thank for the development of fine lines. As we age, fine lines become deeper and eventually become furrows.
An anti-aging plan for someone with fine lines may include medical grade skin care to protect and strengthen the skin, chemical peels to keep skin looking fresh and clear and other facial treatments to maintain and correct skin discoloration as well as other skin problems.
Furrows are deeper lines that form in places where we make repetitive facial expressions. Some of the most common areas that we develop furrows are the crow’s feet wrinkles that show around the eyes when we smile, the 2 or sometimes 3 vertical lines that form between our brows when we frown and the horizontal lines in the top part of the forehead.
Furrows begin as dynamic wrinkles, meaning they are only visible when we contract our facial muscles. Over time, these dynamic furrows become static furrows, meaning they visible even at rest.
Dynamic furrows can be treated with neuromodulators (Botox or Dysport). Once they become static, a combination of neurotoxins and skin resurfacing is an option.
Folds are deep grooves in the face that are made worse by the loss of facial volume that occurs in our 30’s. Over the years these folds become deeper, and we see more shadowing in areas such as around the mouth and jawline, with more noticeable marionette lines running from the corner of the mouth to the jawline.
Our Wrinkle Treatments
Listed below are the main types of wrinkle and fine line treatments available at Rao Dermatology in Edmonton. There are subtle differences and some are used in combination – a consultation will determine which non-surgical wrinkle treatment is most suitable for you.
Neuromodulators use a chemical called botulinum toxin type A which is injected into muscles.
The chemical reduces the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of the creases around your eyes and softening of the lines on your forehead.
Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples.
Without downtime, these customized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin to improve a variety of conditions, including hyperpigmentation, acne, signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and many other concerns.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.
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