Correction of Facial Wrinkles: The Best Non-Invasive Ways to Do So
Everyone wants to age with grace, but for some people, this seems to come far more naturally than others. Some of the most common reasons for this include genetics, diet, and overall lifestyle. Some people are just downright lucky. Whatever the reason, it's not always an exact science!
This being said, aging gracefully is far more achievable in today's day and age than it ever has been. For women (and some men), aging well is not only a matter of vanity but also professional longevity, depending on your career choice.
With the myriad of technological advancements in non-invasive cosmetic procedures today, you are spoiled for choice. So, what's the best non-surgical wrinkle treatment out there? Take your pick...
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are a fact of life. Unfortunately, they are inevitable, just like having to pay taxes and the fact that it will rain at some point in the year. Physiologically, there's isn't much you can do to escape the onset of wrinkles. But your diet and lifestyle can play a major role in their prevalence as you age.
As the human body ages, the production of collagen slows down and then eventually stops at a certain age. Collagen is a key material in keeping your skin looking youthful. It provides much-needed elasticity and support. Along with this, the human body loses a certain amount of subcutaneous fat which leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. It's this layer of fat under the skin that keeps things looking plump and in place.
Another major factor in the onset of fine lines and wrinkles is sun exposure. Sun damage can only accelerate the rate at which you develop wrinkles as harmful UV rays breakdown healthy cells in the skin. It can also cause skin discoloration and pigmentation known as sunspots, age spots or liver spots.
The Best Non-Surgical Wrinkle Treatment Options Today
How exactly is non-invasive defined when it comes to skin rejuvenation? In short, it does not involve surgery, local anesthesia, or weeks of swelling, downtime, or tremendous pain. This is a major revolution in the world of cosmetic treatments. It means that you can have your treatment done in the space of a lunch break and return back to normal day-to-day life.
Here are some popular options worth considering:
Injectable treatments are performed with, you guessed it, needles and are generally quite painless:
1. Botox / Dysport
Botox and Dysport treatments are ideal for fine lines and wrinkles on particular areas of the face, including the upper face. Some popular areas include the forehead, between the eyebrows (Dysport), and around the eyes.
Botox and Dysport temporarily ''freeze'' or paralyze the muscles in these areas. This helps to reduce the look of fine lines or even deep wrinkles. Overall, this helps to achieve a smooth, youthful appearance. The effects of Botox and Dysport usually last 6-8 months at a time, depending on the amount administered.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are popular because they deliver almost immediate results. Typically, they can reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines after just one treatment. Dermal filler materials consist of hyaluronic acid, also known as Restylane or Juvederm. Other types of dermal filler also include collagen inducers and bovine collagen products.
Dermal filler is effective in filling deep folds under the skin. This creates a fuller, plumper look in particular areas of the face- especially the undereye area and mid to upper face. Dermal fillers are also used to plump up the lips.
3. PDO Threads
PDO stands for Polydioxanone, comprised of small threads that are injected under the skin. This PDO material penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating cellular renewal and collagen production. Over time, this lift treatment tightens sagging areas of the skin tissue, mainly in the upper to mid-portion of the face.
PDO threads are also quite popular for jawline contouring i.e. tightening up loose, sagging skin around the chin, neck, and jawline.
Aside from injectable treatments, cosmetic technology has come a long way in recent years. Today, there are a number of popular technological treatments on the market for beautiful skin renewal:
This treatment is also referred to as Ultherapy. It is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive ultrasound facelift used to tighten and lift the skin. Ulthera technology usually focuses on areas such as the neck, jawline, chin, décolletage, and upper face.
Ulthera uses focused ultrasound therapy to stimulate collagen production deep under the skin's surface. This treatment is simple, effective, and completely non-invasive. One treatment can be completed in as little as 30-45 minutes, leaving you with smoother, tighter, lifted skin in a matter of weeks. Results may not be as instant as other cosmetic treatments, but they tend to last longer.
2. Fraxel Laser
Fraxel laser therapy is completely revolutionary as it does not affect the top layer of the skin, also known as stratum corneum. Instead, this focused laser therapy penetrates deep into underlying tissue. It then stimulates cell renewal and the production of collagen.
The Fraxel laser works in two wavelengths: deep mode (1550nm) and superficial mode (1927nm). Deep mode is used to target the dermis of the skin, tightening the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Superficial mode is used to target skin lesions and pigmentation, working on the upper surface of the skin.
Fraxel laser therapy is popular in treating all areas of the face for wrinkles, even the eyelids, and under-eye area. Bear in mind that there is a little downtime associated with this treatment. You can expect a little swelling, skin redness, and skin itching.
3. The Fotona 4D Facelift
This yet another world-class cosmetic treatment used for effective skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. The Fotona 4D facelift uses focused laser wavelength technology, known as Yag Laser wavelength. These wavelengths are comprised of different pulse widths, duration, and modes to treat multiple layers of skin at once.
Some of the best areas to target with Fotona 4D facelift technology include the neck and jawline for contouring, as well as deep wrinkles on the face. It's also effective in removing pigmentation and scarring. There are four stages of Fotona laser therapy, each with its own purpose:
- Smooth® Mode: targets the nasolabial folds around the mouth with bulk heating to stimulate collagen production
- FRAC3® Laser Rejuvenation: a fractioned laser then targets deeper skin imperfections such as age spots and veins
- PIANO®: This third stage then focuses on bulk tissue heating to promote skin cell renewal, skin tightening, and elasticity
- SupErficial® Mode: this is a controlled skin peel carried out with a cold ablation laser. It removes dead skin cells, reduces imperfections, and promotes the brighter, healthier-looking skin
Fractional microneedling comprises the use of gold insulated needs and controlled heat. The combination of these two elements stimulates coagulation in the epidermis. This process is delivered through radio-frequency waves that heat the skin from the inside out. Both mechanical and thermal treatments are highly controlled and deliver amazing skin tightening results.
Microneedling works by inducing the production of collagen from deep inside the tissue beneath the skin's surface. The minute pinpricks from the microneedles essentially ''injure'' the skin, stimulating it skin to produce new, collagen-rich tissue. This leads to the development of new skin cells, improving fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and pigmentation.
Microneedling is ideal for all parts of the face, not just one specific area.
Microdermabrasion combines two different techniques of skin renewal. These include resurfacing of the top layer of the skin and strong suction of dead skin cells, dirt, and other particles. One particular microdermabrasion treatment which is ideal for fine lines and wrinkles is known as the Lunch Time Facelift or Dermal Infusion.
Essentially, this treatment involves the mechanical exfoliation of the superficial (top) layer of the skin. A refined, abrasive tool, usually a diamond-tipped wand removes the outermost layers of the skin. This leaves behind the smooth, plump skin underneath, helping to reduce the look of wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots, and scarring.
Renew Your Skin with Albany Laser & Cosmetic Center
At the end of the day, the best non-surgical wrinkle treatment for you depends on the existing quality and texture of your own skin. Keep in mind that what works best for one person, may not necessarily work the same for you.
Your best bet is to meet with an experienced professional for a consultation on what would work best with your skin. We are one of the top medical and cosmetic spas in Edmonton and would be happy to discuss your skin rejuvenation journey with you!
Get in touch with our team today to schedule your consultation and start your journey to beautiful skin...