Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles
Aging is a fact of life. But just because you grow older chronologically, your skin doesn’t have to show the signs of aging. There are procedures available that are non- or minimally-invasive that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face and body.
What Causes Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural result of the aging process. As we age, our skin gets thinner and dryer, making it less able to spring back from exposure or activities that crease our skin. Several factors come into play to create permanent wrinkles:
- Facial expressions, like frowning, smiling or squinting.
- Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and tanning booths.
- Smoking decreases the blood supply to the skin.
- Excessive alcohol dehydrates the skin.
Treatments for Reducing Wrinkles
You can use creams and other products to help prevent and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; however, deeper wrinkles need additional treatment. Professional procedures can be effective in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. Three very effective treatments offered by Find A Better You include the Sublative, INNOPen microneedling therapy and CO2RE.
Sublative Skin Rejuvenation
Another effective and non-invasive method for reducing fine lines and wrinkles is the Sublative Skin Rejuvenation treatment. This procedure is also successful in treating acne scars, reducing pore size, and improving the overall texture of the skin’s surface. Another advantage over some other treatments is that Sublative works on virtually all skin types.
This process uses fractionated bipolar radio frequency directed at the skin in the form of a matrix. It stimulates the growth of new collagen and healthy skin cells, which improves the overall elasticity and texture of the skin.
No injections are involved in the Sublative process, so aftereffects and downtime following the procedure are minimal. You may experience a warm, tingly sensation during the process. Afterward, you may have a flushing on the treatment area that resembles a minor sunburn. Anesthetic and cooling ointments can be used to lessen these effects.
The treatment typically takes approximately one hour. In general, it is recommended to get 3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart; however, your specific treatment plan will depend on your skin’s condition.
Most of us are familiar with the Botox procedure, which smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When injected, Botox partially paralyzes the underlying muscles, which reduces and prevents future wrinkling from facial expressions. Botox is effective mainly on wrinkles with facial muscle movement and not the wrinkles at rest.
INNOPen goes even further, because it actually stimulates the production of new, healthy skin cells. This process not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles, it produces skin that is smoother and more radiant. In addition to treating wrinkles, it can also be used to successfully improve acne scars, stretch marks and other skin imperfections.
INNOPen uses a wireless, hand-held device that contains tiny needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin. It forms new capillaries to increase blood flow, collagen and elastin in the skin. It can be used on all areas of the face and body. The procedure is virtually pain-free and can be highly targeted to smaller areas, like around the nose.
Because microneedling is a gentle procedure, there is no downtime required afterward. In fact, it can be easily performed over a lunch period, after which you can return to your normal everyday functions.
Depending on the depth and extent of the areas to be treated, you may need multiple procedures. These are usually scheduled about a month apart to allow the skin to heal in between treatments.
CO2RE treats the skin with a matrix of laser pulses. The treatment varies in intensity, depending on your skin type and desired results.
CO2RE can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as reduce the effects of sun damage, acne scars and skin discoloration.
The CO2RE treatments are safe with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area to be treated. After treatments, your skin may be red and sensitive for several hours, similar to extended exposure to the sun. Your skin may peel as a natural part of the exfoliation process for 7-10 days.
You’ll notice results after the very first treatment. Your skin will gradually improve over time. These results can last weeks or months, depending on factors like health, age and skin care regime. CO2RE Fractional CO2 laser treatments give some of the most dramatic results, short of actual surgery.
Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles is Readily Available
You can look younger and more radiant in a very short timeframe by choosing one of the non-surgical wrinkle-removing procedures we’ve discussed here. Contact Find A Better You today to learn how you can get smoother looking skin with minimal downtime.