Time marches on. We all want to age gracefully and for some, that process can be addressed with the use of new wrinkle treatments – from topical treatments to laser treatment and surgical enhancements. While the prevention of sun damage, in a perfect world, begins at childhood; it is never too late to start safeguarding skin to slow down the harm. With time, rays break down collagen and elastin tissue which is what keeps skin soft and pliant. The body can replenish some of what is lost; however, its repair mechanisms begin to slip away with time. It is a good idea to use sunscreen or a sun-protective moisturizer year-round—even in winter. A minimum of SPF 30 is ideal, as is a product that contains zinc oxide, which protect against UVA radiation. Other dermatologists also recommend topical antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, thought to neutralize damage to DNA triggered by the UVA rays. Evidence does support another kind of topical—prescription creams containing retinoic acid, more commonly called tretinoin, which can actually rejuvenate skin. Retinoic acid works by gradually stimulating fresh collagen production, which helps stave off or reverse fine lines.
The treatments for crow’s feet and fine lines are limitless – some are effective and some are exaggerated. After the analysis of several studies, the best treatments for rejuvenating the skin and the treatment of wrinkles have been identified. Topical retinoic acid, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, and injections of cross-linked hyaluronic acids have proven results. These treatments have one thing in common – they replenish collagen. Treatments can sweep away the old, splintered collagen, and fool cells into making more. You have to have patience, though. Treatments sometimes take between six weeks and six months to see any positive results and are only effective for fine lines around the eyes and upper cheeks.
The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends, in part, on the active ingredient or ingredients. Retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, kinetin, coenzyme Q10, copper peptides and antioxidants may result in slight to modest improvements in wrinkles. However, nonprescription wrinkle creams contain lower concentrations of active ingredients than do prescription creams. Therefore results, if any, are limited and usually short.
Your doctor may also recommend a chemical peel, which burns the outer layer of your skin. With medium-depth peels, the entire epidermis and a small portion of the dermis are removed. New skin forms to take its place. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than your old skin. Redness lasts up to several weeks. With superficial peels, only a portion of the epidermis is removed. After a series of peels, you may notice less fine wrinkling in your skin and a fading of brown spots.
Keep in mind that results vary depending on the location of your wrinkles and how deep your wrinkles are. However, nothing stops the aging process of skin, so you’ll likely need the treatments repeated to maintain benefits. Always proceed with caution and knowledge. Contact those in the know – those that have experience in the treatment and the effects of aging and the sun.
Source: Lyon, Lindsay. “3 Wrinkle Treatments That Work.” US News& World Report, 11 June 2008. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.