Even those who avoid excessive sun exposure and smoking are not immune to the development of wrinkles as they grow older. Finding ways to minimize the appearance of aging has been a focus of both men and women for centuries. As far back as the time of the Ancient Egyptians, women searched for treatments that could prevent or reduce wrinkles, and until recently, American women were signing up for facelifts at a rapid rate.
Fortunately, invasive surgery is no longer your only option for getting rid of wrinkles. Scientific breakthroughs have dramatically increased the choices you have today. New injectables and advanced lasers offer safer, more effective methods of diminishing wrinkles than ever before. Instead of relying on a cosmetic surgeon’s skill with a scalpel, you can get better results with less-invasive procedures.
These are some of the best wrinkle treatments for 2017:
Botulinum toxin type A, known as Botox, offers one of the oldest injectable treatments on the market. Years of research have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of Botox as a wrinkle-reducer, and in 2015, the procedure was performed 6.7 million times. That’s an increase of 759 percent since the year 2000.
Botox is intended to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it works by paralyzing the underlying muscles. A small amount of the Botulinum toxin is injected into the target area, which prevents nerve signals from reaching the muscles. As a result, the muscles cannot contract, and wrinkles do not form. Common targets of Botox treatments include creases on the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Dysport and Xeomin are two additional products derived from Botulinum toxin type A. They function in a manner similar to Botox, with comparable rates of safety and effectiveness. Your physician can help you decide which product best suits your needs.
Laser therapies have come a long way, and there are now treatments that range from removal of unwanted hair to minimization of the appearance of cellulite. Fraxel is a state-of-the-art, laser-based method for reducing or eliminating signs of aging. Essentially, the Fraxel laser is used to eradicate damaged cells, while your body generates new, healthy cells to replace the old ones. It works to manage wrinkles, eliminate facial scarring from acne and heal skin damage caused by sun exposure. Many patients also choose to address sun spots, another sign of aging, using the Fraxel laser. The treatment is minimally invasive, and very little recovery time is required.
As your skin ages, it starts to lose its elasticity. Less collagen production leads to sagging and drooping, as well as the dreaded wrinkles. Patients who prefer a nonsurgical option are now turning to Ultherapy. While this treatment is a relative newcomer to the world of anti-aging procedures, its speed and effectiveness are making it a popular choice. Since its introduction, more than 500,000 procedures have been performed.
Ultherapy is designed to support your body in creating new supplies of collagen and elastin. Without all of the trauma that comes with traditional facelifts, Ultherapy is capable of lifting and tightening your brow, chin and neck. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity that this treatment offers is a proven method of lifting and tightening the skin of your chest. The technology is based on ultrasound energy, which has been used in the medical field for more than 50 years. Through a series of clinical trials, this treatment has met the stringent safety standards set by the FDA.
A deviation from injectables and laser treatments, Thermage is a fast and effective method of managing problem areas. It works underneath the skin’s surface to improve your appearance, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles while giving a boost to sagging skin. Thermage has a long track record of safety and limited side effects, and most patients require just one treatment to see a noticeable difference. Recovery time is minimal, making this an ideal treatment for those who cannot afford a lot of downtime.
Not long ago, the only options for minimizing wrinkles and other signs of aging were ineffective creams and lotions or highly invasive surgeries. While the topical preparations made no noticeable difference in appearance, poorly performed facelifts made far too much of a difference. There are endless stories of individuals who opted for facelift surgery and ended up regretting their decision.
Today, there are many more treatment choices available, and nearly all of them are minimally invasive. From laser therapies and injectables to radio frequencies and ultrasound, these treatments make it possible to reduce wrinkles, lift sagging skin and rejuvenate your appearance during a visit to your cosmetic surgeon’s office. You can look forward to good results and little or no recovery time, at a price that fits most budgets.
Dr. Parvin Mani has the experience and expertise needed to guide you through your treatment options and help you identify your goals and determine the best way to reach them. Contact San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic today to schedule your consultation. Make 2017 your best year yet!