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Nonsurgical Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

by Julie Tridle
  • Overview

    There are a variety of non-surgical techniques you can turn to for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. You can target such problem areas as crow's-feet around the eyes, smoker's lines above the lips, forehead creases, and the parentheses (nasolabial folds) that form around the sides of the mouth. Some treatments require a recovery period of a few days to a few weeks, while others are quick lunch-hour procedures that allow you to return to your daily routine immediately. Popular options inculde laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Botox treatments and injectable fillers.
  • Resurfacing

    To fight wrinkles by removing the damaged surface layers of skin, several options are available to you. These treatments improve such problem areas as smile lines, crow's-feet and vertical smoker's lines above the lips. They can also correct problem skin issues such as age spots, blotchiness and dull skin tone. Popular resurfacing techniques used include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Each can be performed to various depths depending upon the problems being corrected. Laser skin resurfacing uses various types of lasers to penetrate beneath the surface of the skin with heat. The heat generated stimulates collagen production and causes the surface layer of skin to peel away. Chemical peels, on the other hand, use various caustic solutions such as alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, trichloracetic acid and phenol to remove surface skin. Microdermabrasion is the third resurfacing treatment. It uses a variety of abrasive crystals for resurfacing. All of these treatments can be used on the entire face or to target specific problem areas. Recovery times for these treatments depend upon the depth of the resurfacing.
  • Injectables

    For quick wrinkle treatments that target specific areas, consider injectable treatments. Most injectable treatments work by filling in wrinkles rather than removing damaged layers of skin. Common injectable fillers include hyaluronic acid, collagen, and fat transferred from other parts of the body. Fillers are generally used to treat smoker's lines above the upper lip, nasolabial folds and crow's-feet. Another popular wrinkle treatment is Botox Cosmetic, which smooths facial creases by relaxing the muscles that create them. The most common treatment area for Botox is the forehead, though it can be used on other areas as well.

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