What are treatment options for wrinkles?

Mike Olmos by Mike Olmos | Licensed since 2010

This article was updated on: 09/15/2018

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. As you age, your skin becomes less elastic, according to the Mayo Clinic. Fat in your deeper layers of skin decreases, which can cause loose, saggy skin. Diminished natural oils also may make the skin appear wrinkled. There are many treatments for wrinkles, including medications, surgical procedures, and other techniques.

What are wrinkle treatments?

  • Dermabrasion (also called dermaplaning) is controlled surgical scraping to refinish the skin’s top layers, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. Dermabrasion may smooth out fine facial wrinkles on small areas or the entire face. Redness, scabbing and swelling following dermabrasion may last for weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. Microdermabrasion is similar to dermabrasion and removes only a fine layer of skin.
  • Chemical peels dissolve skin away according to the Cleveland Clinic. They are a method of skin resurfacing that can result in smoother, younger looking skin. Redness from a chemical peel may last several weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic.
  • Laser skin resurfacing directs pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Some laser skin resurfacing stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers.
  • Botox prevents muscles from contracting, according to the Mayo Clinic. When the muscles can’t tighten, the appearance of wrinkles is diminished. Botox works well on the lines between the eyebrows and across the forehead and on crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes. The results of Botox last up to four months and then you will need repeat injections for continued wrinkle treatment.
  • Fat, collagen, or hyaluronic acid injections can work as soft tissue fillers, according to the Mayo Clinic. They plump and smooth wrinkles. This wrinkle treatment needs to be repeated every few months.
  • Skin tightening with heat using radiofrequency, ultrasound or light can induce collagen contraction according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Unlike many other wrinkle treatments, there is no recovery time for this procedure according to the Mayo Clinic.
  • A face lift is a surgery that tightens muscle and connective tissue in the face, according to the Mayo Clinic. Results are long-lasting compared to other wrinkle treatments. Results of a face lift may typically last 10 years, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, healing times can be lengthy.

The results of wrinkle treatments depend on the location and depth of your wrinkles, according to the Mayo Clinic. Most wrinkle treatments do not have permanent results, so you will need repeated treatments. Most wrinkle treatments are considered cosmetic and may not be covered by insurance.

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