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Turn Back Time with Wrinkle Reduction Treatments

One of the great ironies of life is that our bodies often begin to show age before we really feel it. We’re living longer, we’re staying active longer, and generally our feelings of youthfulness seem to be extending. Our skin, however, doesn’t seem to want to follow that trend. You may be approaching retirement age and still able to run a marathon, but your facial wrinkles appear to tell a different story about the kind of shape you’re in. This is frustrating and it’s a frustration that is almost universally shared. How can we keep our appearances looking as young as we feel?

There are some natural solutions, certainly. Many lifestyle choices can contribute to the health and youthfulness of your skin. But, even the most disciplined among us will eventually begin to show the signs of aging. It’s at that point where you need some professional assistance from a doctor. Wrinkle reduction treatments and skin tightening could really benefit you.

If you’re tired of seeing wrinkles in the mirror when you wake up in the morning, it’s time to explore your options. There are ways to turn back the clock at least somewhat when it comes to visible signs of aging on your face. It’s important to get the facts. Additionally, when you hear about wrinkle reduction or skin tightening treatments, your mind might go straight to plastic surgery. While plastic surgery is certainly an option that many people have benefited from for years, it isn’t the only option available if you’ve decided it’s not for you. There are minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures available to help you smooth and tighten your skin without needing to go under the knife.

Here is what you need to know about wrinkle reduction and skin tightening treatments.

Natural wrinkle solutions

Everyone’s skin wrinkles eventually. This is a natural fact of life. The question is “Why?” There are many contributing factors. The force of gravity, of course unavoidable, is one of them. Repeated motions of the facial musculature are another. Smiling is good for you and you should smile as often as you can, but it does produce lines.

Squinting, smiling, and the forces of nature aside, the biggest culprit when it comes to signs of aging, especially premature wrinkling, is the sun. While we need vitamin D to stay healthy, UV rays are quite damaging to the skin. While there isn’t much you can do for existing wrinkles from sun damage, if you are just starting to notice wrinkles and you want to slow them down, start wearing sunblock regularly.

Regular use of sunblock along with a good moisturizer to nourish the skin can keep your skin younger and healthier looking. If you’re at an age where you can still engage in prevention, this will help you tremendously.

Treating existing wrinkles is a different matter. Let’s look at some procedures you should ask your dermatologist about.


Options for wrinkle reduction

When it comes to wrinkle reduction, Botox and fillers are tried and true minimally invasive methods for smoothing out the skin. While they aren’t surgery and don’t require anesthesia or any prep work, there are still injection needles involved. However, any discomfort is absolutely minimal. Not everyone is comfortable with needles, so local anesthesia is an option.

Botox keeps the facial muscles from contracting, which reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and lines on the forehead. Botox is different from fillers. Fillers don’t act on the muscles. Instead they plump the skin so that it smooths out any wrinkles in the area while retaining natural moisture and softness.

Additional skin tightening options

While you are no doubt familiar with Botox and fillers, there is another skin tightening treatment you should be aware of. Pelleve is non-invasive and uses gentle heat and radio frequencies to tighten the skin. Concentrated radio frequencies are administered onto the desired area. This energy stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is what naturally gives our skin its youthful appearance, but we produce less of it as we age. By stimulating its production, you can achieve a naturally younger appearance without surgery or needles. Treatment could take up to an hour, but the only side effect is some redness that quickly dissipates.


Conclusion

It is possible to recapture some of your youth. You haven’t slowed down and you still feel young. Your appearance should reflect that. Of course, anything having to do with taking care of our faces is a very delicate matter. After all, they make up who we are. That’s why you need to consult with a doctor you can trust when it comes to wrinkle reduction. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Flood has been a highly respected dermatologist in Washington D.C. for over 40 years. He and his team are dedicated to providing you with the care you need so you can feel youthful and confident.

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