There is a time in everyone’s life when they look in the mirror and notice wrinkles for the first time. For some people, it’s as early as 25! If you are unhappy with your appearance due to wrinkles, many treatment options exist. But with so many, it’s challenging to know which is best.
Read on to learn about each wrinkle reduction treatment and their pros and cons.
All About Wrinkles
Wrinkles are lines and creases on the skin. They are most likely to form on skin frequently exposed to the sun, such as your face, neck, hands, and forearms.
Men and women both get wrinkles, but there are differences in how their skin ages. Men’s skin usually shows signs of aging later, but those changes accelerate more rapidly.
Topical Treatments for Wrinkles
Topical treatments for wrinkles include retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, and antioxidants.
Retinoids peel off the top layer of your skin. They also stimulate collagen production to keep your skin elastic and firm and reduce wrinkles. Retinoids are available in strengths from .025 percent to .1 percent and in cream, liquid, and gel form. The gel is the strongest. Creams are gentler and best for aging skin. More potent formulas can be irritating, causing side effects such as dryness, peeling, redness, and itching. Because of this, doctors advise patients to apply retinoids less frequently until their skin adjusts.
Retinoids have many benefits. They are a proven wrinkle-reduction treatment that works when you use them consistently and correctly. They are also noninvasive and inexpensive compared to peels, microdermabrasion, and Botox treatment.
Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliants that slough off the top layer of skin and dead skin cells, allowing new skin to grow. They also stimulate collagen and elastin production, brighten dark spots, and reduce discoloration. Like retinoids, they are inexpensive compared to peels, microdermabrasion, and Botox.
There is no clear answer to which of those two wrinkle reduction treatments is most impactful. It depends on your skin and needs. However, experts do agree that retinol is more effective in producing collagen.
Antioxidants improve cell function by increasing collagen production, improving skin elasticity, and creating younger skin cells. Like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids, they are noninvasive and relatively inexpensive.
Peels and Dermabrasion
Peels and dermabrasion reduce wrinkles by removing the top layer of your skin.
Glycolic acid peels also facilitate collagen production to smooth wrinkles. Peels are more expensive than topical medications and can involve downtime and excessive skin redness.
During dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, a doctor or aesthetician uses a device that rotates rapidly to remove your skin’s outermost layer. New skin then grows back smoother. Dermabrasion also involves downtime and can cause your skin to look pink and feel raw and sensitive.
Like peels and dermabrasion, laser resurfacing removes the top layer of your skin. It targets fine lines and wrinkles under or around your eyes, forehead, and mouth.
During a laser resurfacing procedure, your doctor delivers short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light to targeted areas on your skin. The procedure stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers, creating smoother, firmer skin. Downtime for laser resurfacing procedures varies, but it can cause a sunburned appearance, swelling, or cause your skin to feel tight.
Botox injections are a neuromodulator of botulinum toxin, which temporarily blocks your nerves from communicating with the targeted muscles, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
Photodynamic rejuvenation obliterates abnormal cell tissue. During this procedure, your doctor or aesthetician applies a light-activated topical solution. This wrinkle reduction treatment has recently become very popular to treat a variety of visible signs of aging. Following photodynamic rejuvenation, your skin may be red, flaky, swollen, or blister for up to two weeks.
Plastic surgery is the most invasive and expensive wrinkle reduction treatment. During plastic surgery, your physician removes excess skin and recontours the areas on your neck and lower two-thirds of your face. Plastic surgery addresses deep wrinkles and drooping skin. In addition to being invasive, plastic surgery is expensive, has a lengthy healing time, and can be painful.
Not sure what’s best for you? Speak with a physician or trained skin aesthetician.
Introducing the PicoWay RESOLVE Laser Wrinkle Reduction Treatment
The PicoWay RESOLVE Laser is the newest state-of-the-art NON-ABLATIVE laser that stimulates collagen regeneration at a cellular level without downtime like with the older ablative laser treatments. This non-invasive procedure promotes collagen production and skin rejuvenation, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion. The PicoWay RESOLVE laser is known for its versatility, effectiveness, and ability to provide noticeable improvements in skin texture and tone.
At Ink-B-Gone, Denver’s premier tattoo removal specialist, we offer the PicoWay RESOLVE laser treatment for wrinkles. Our trained aestheticians are happy to discuss your goals and answer any questions to determine if the PicoWay RESOLVE treatment is for you. Want to learn more? Follow us on X or Instagram, or contact us for a free 20-minute consultation.