If you're worried about mild to moderate wrinkles on your face but have no desire to undergo facelift surgery, here's some good news: there are several effective nonsurgical wrinkle treatments.
Your dermatologist can administer these treatments on an outpatient basis, which allows you to return home or to work immediately afterward. Read on for a closer look at three of the most common nonsurgical wrinkle treatments.
1. Chemical Peels
If you have many shallow wrinkles and small furrows all over your face, then your dermatologist may recommend a chemical peel for all-over tightening and smoothing. The procedure works best on patients with pale skin.
To administer a chemical peel, your dermatologist will apply a solution that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or a similar compound to your skin. The preparation is left in place for about ten minutes. You may experience some mild burning and itching as the chemicals work, but no overt pain. The chemicals remove the outer layers of your skin, revealing the fresh new skin underneath, which makes wrinkles less obvious.
Depending on the type of chemical peel you have, you may experience some mild to moderate facial irritation in the days following the procedure. Any blisters or peeling should heal within a few days. Serious side effects are rare, but you will need to wear sunscreen after the procedure to protect your sensitive skin.
2. Botox Injections
Botox injections are perhaps the best-known nonsurgical wrinkle treatment. These injections contain a mild neurotoxin, which causes muscles to relax. As such, Botox injections work well for treating wrinkles associated with movement of the face, such as those around the lips, between the eyebrows, and along the outer corners of the eyes.
Your dermatologist will use a small needle to inject Botox into the wrinkled area, so you may feel a pinching sensation. Results become obvious about one to two days after the injections, and they last about four months. You can resume your normal routine immediately after Botox injections, including wearing makeup and eating anything you please.
Side effects of Botox are rare, but some patients do experience headaches, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and itching after treatment. If you have some unwanted side effects following Botox, let your dermatologist know. They may recommend one of the other treatments on this list as an alternative.
3. Filler Injections
Filler injections are an increasingly common choice among patients who want to reduce wrinkles around their mouth and nose. Fillers are injected under the skin like Botox, but they work differently. Instead of paralyzing the muscle, they add volume to the tissues under the skin. Many contain hyaluronic acid - a component that your skin makes itself but is lacking in wrinkled skin.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that can reduce wrinkles around the nose and mouth by up to 80 percent. The results last about six months, and side effects, such as headache and redness at the injection sites, are generally mild.
Perlane is another hyaluronic acid-based filler that works well for crow's feet and smoker's lines. It contains a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than Restylane, so it is also a good choice for deeper, more serious wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
Both Restylane and Perlane can be administered during a short appointment in your dermatologist's office. Your dermatologist may administer a local anesthetic to numb the injection site. You can return home or to work shortly after the procedure.
If you are tired of seeing wrinkled skin when you look in the mirror, then contact us at The Dermatology Center of Newton-Rockdale, P.C. to learn more about these nonsurgical treatments. We can evaluate your skin and overall health and let you know which treatment is best for you.