Wrinkles are a natural result of the aging process that women have been trying for centuries to resolve with an effective solution. Most of the wrinkles that form as a result of the aging process appear on the parts of your body that receive the most sun exposure: the face, neck, back of the hands, and the tops of the forearms. There are two main types of wrinkles: fine lines that form on the surface of your skin and deeper furrows that are related to muscular contraction.
There are two approaches to combating signs of aging: prevention and treatment. Many products and procedures on the market promise to reduce wrinkles. Some have little to no effect while others can achieve a fair amount of success. Topical wrinkle treatments, for example, are much more effective on fine lines while deeper creases generally require a more invasive technique.
So are you ready to lose your wrinkles? We’ve compiled a list of the five most popular wrinkle treatments that we offer right here at Virginia Surgical Arts!
Chemical peels have been a long-time favorite non-surgical treatment for those looking to solve a variety of skin issues from wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots to acne scars, melasma, and rough skin texture. Essentially a chemical peel involves applying a solution to the face that will remove the damaged top-most layers of skin, allowing new layers to grow and revealing a refreshed, youthful glow.
Microneedling is another non-surgical wrinkle treatment option, this one using tiny needles to puncture the top layer of skin. The tiny punctures are micro injuries that trigger your skin’s natural healing process of producing collagen and elastin. In turn, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone, reduces pore size, and fades scars and stretch marks.
Your Virginia Surgical Arts physician will apply a numbing cream to your face about 30 minutes before beginning the treatment. Once numbed, they’ll use a handheld device with short, fine needles to make pinpricks in the skin’s surface. This will then be followed by a calming serum. Over a series of three to five treatments spaced about a month apart, you’ll see a significant improvement in deeper wrinkles.
Downtime after microneedling is minimal but the results are drastic: brighter, tighter, and more healthy skin!
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes your facial muscles to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles so the injected muscles can’t contract. Botox can also delay the formation of new lines. For preventative measures, some people begin treatment in their mid-20s to early 30s in order to not only minimize the appearance of current lines but to also weaken the muscles to prevent the production of wrinkles in the affected area.
The Botox process starts with a consultation in which you’ll sit down with a doctor to figure out your concerns and goals for the treatment. That same day or during a subsequent appointment, the face will be cleansed and then the physician will inject the areas of concern. The Botox process takes only about 5 to 10 minutes.
Facelifts are one of the most common cosmetic procedures used to correct signs of facial aging in the mid to lower regions of the face. A facelift is most effective in correcting skin laxity or deep facial folds.
Your facelift at Virginia Surgical Arts begins with a consultation where Dr. Vendetti will develop a personalized plan for your particular facelift procedure based on what you’re hoping to achieve. Following the procedure, you will be able to see the results on the first day after taking off the bandages.
Injectable fillers can be used to not only smooth out wrinkles and folds but also plump lips and fill in under-eye hollows. Some of the most popular injectable fillers (besides Botox) include Juvéderm and Belotero Balance but the filler used on you will vary based on the treatment area and the results you’re hoping to achieve. Results can be seen almost immediately following injections.