Truth be told. You can’t totally remove wrinkles but you can reduce or delay their appearance with proper skincare and lifestyle changes vis-à-vis clinically- tested procedures.
For skincare, it’s paramount to emphasize sun avoidance as prolonged exposure without protection contributes to photodamage or premature wrinkling of the skin. The American Academyof Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with SPF 30 for daily use, to be reapplied every two hours for continued protection. Likewise, you should use facial moisturizer or serum to keep skin well hydrated, supple and radiant. When it comes to lifestyle, smoking cessation, drinking less alcohol, exercising and eating a well-balanced diet can help reduce the incidence of wrinkles.
There are in-clinic procedures that help address wrinkles; the big question is, which one is right for you. It’s important to do your research and talk to your doctor about your skin concerns.
Botox is one of the most popular procedures for wrinkle reduction. It treats and improves moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet. Result is not permanent and based on studies, it can last up to 4 months in most patients. It is comprised of several tiny injections which take about 10 to 15 minutes per session. For maximum desired results, it is usually combined with fillers or lasers.
Fillers add volume to different areas of the face like cheeks, nasolabial folds (laugh or smile lines) and lips, making them look plump and youthful. With proper treatment, results can last up to one year.
Radiofrequency Skin Tightening is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure to lift and tighten aging and sagging skin. It heats the deep layers of the skin using radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production without damaging the epidermis. It can be used to treat nasolabial folds, frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead, loose skin above or below the eyes and surrounding crow’s feet. While most patients see immediate result on their first treatment, it is recommended to have at least 3 treatments, 30 days apart, to achieve desirable effects.
Laser Skin Renewal is a breakthrough non-ablative procedure that helps clear several skin imperfections on your face and body. It targets sun damage, brown spots and wrinkles, helping you look beautiful, radiant and youthful. It works by delivering pulses of energy, targeting the pigment, and stimulating collagen which then results to smoother and more even skin tone. A series of treatment maybe required for desired outcome.
Regardless of the options you decide on, it is critical to have the procedure done by qualified medical professionals. After all, it is your face.