There are a few certainties in life and getting wrinkles is one of them. Wrinkles happen for multiple reasons: loss of collagen production and elastin’s, loss of bone and muscle to the face, smoking, sun exposure, etc. Of course, some of these we can control and some we can’t. We are here to tell you about 4 aesthetic treatments we recommend you maintain to be sure to hit those wrinkles where it hurts.
We love that there are so many options now days for wrinkle reducing treatments and skincare. But, if you’re looking to make a more visible change in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and skin discoloration, talking with a professional is best. Here are the top 3 our providers recommend to add to your arsenal:
- Injectable Botulinum toxin/ Wrinkle Reducer
You guessed it, this is an injectable treatment that can temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines, typically used on the upper face such as the forehead, between the brows, and the crow’s feet around the eyes.
How it works: This injectable treatment, performed with Botox or Dysport, is used to block the signals responsible for muscle contractions. Once injected, the muscle activity decreases and the area appears smoother as a result. For example if you have lines on your forehead from repeated muscle movement and facial expressions, then injecting these muscles will prevent them from contracting and thus smoothing the appearance of the lines.
These wrinkle reducing results are not permanent and are recommended to repeat treatment every 3-4 months. Results can often show up in days but full results usually take two weeks to be visible, so plan accordingly.
- Injectable filler
This is the immediately result, “I want the wrinkles gone now” treatment to add volume to certain areas of the face including filling deep wrinkles and laugh lines.
Often, super deep wrinkles and facial folds are a result of volume loss, rather than the before mentioned muscle contraction caused lines. Instead, providers may suggest a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler. Don’t worry, although the word “acid” seems scary, Hyaluronic Acid is a substance found naturally in your skin that holds water and keeps the skin hydrated and plump.
The results can last anywhere from a few months to up to two years. This depends mostly on the type of filler product used, the area injected, and your own metabolism. The best part of using fillers, the results are immediate. That said, be sure to plan for any bruising or swelling that are common side effects.
Injectable fillers are very versatile and can be used to treat many areas of the face. Their versatility paired with immediate results are why filers are one the most requested treatment from patients. Some if these include the lips, cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines, jawline, under eyes, and more.
There are many types of rejuvenating and resurfacing lasers, which can be divided into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are significantly more intense than their non-ablative sisters. Some non-ablative treatments can practically be done over lunch while ablative will require recovery time.
Ablative lasers remove the outermost layer of the skin and promotes cell turnover. The new skin is more elastic and less line ridden, and usually more even toned overall. Yes, lasers can treat lines and hyperpigmentation too! Non-ablative lasers, instead, rely on energy to promote collagen production below the surface of the skin.
Healing time for both types of lasers can vary greatly from little to no down time to weeks depending on the treatment recommended by your provider. Kentucky Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists is proud to home multiple lasers to suit multiple types of skin conditions and concerns.
Maintaining these 3 treatments throughout the year is your best bet in keeping the lines astray. Curious in adding any of these to your standard yearly treatment plan? Let’s talk! Give us a call. (859)276-2556.