Fine Lines and Wrinkles - General Info
As we age the same process affects our skin. The process of aging commonly leads to a loss of skin's elasticity. The skin is more and more covered with fine lines and wrinkles. Some say that genetics plays a significant role in skin aging. There are many products that can postpone the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and soften their appearance. In some people surgical procedures such as face lift can help with intensive wrinkles and baggy skin on the face. However, fine lines and wrinkles cannot be completely cured as they tend to increase in number and as time goes by they become even more intensive. The formation of fine lines and wrinkles affects people who have been exposed to sun more comparing to people who have used proper protection against sun and who avoided excessive exposure to harmful sun rays.
How to Deal with Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
There is a variety of treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. They are of different effectiveness, price and invasiveness. The most common treatment modalities used for fine lines and wrinkles include nonprescription and prescription topical substances, dermoabrasion and microdermoabrasion, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and surgical procedures.
The simplest treatment for fine lines and wrinkles is the topical application of creams. There is a huge number of cosmetic products for fine lines and wrinkles available and a person simply does not know how to chose the most convenient one. These products are not so efficient in reduction of wrinkles, smoothing of the skin and tightening of the collagen.
Dermoabrasion is used since the beginning of 1980s. The procedure includes removal (sanding) of the skin with a rotary abrasive instrument. The new layer of the skin replaces the removed one. Since this is a typical mechanical procedure it takes time to heal and treated areas may stay red or flushed for a while.
In microdermoabrasion the face is brushed with sterile micro-particles. The superficial layer of the skin is subjected to abrasion. The procedure is highly effective in people with the mild skin damage.
Treatment with chemical peels includes application of a chemical solution directly onto the face. The particular solution separates and peels off the superficial layer of the skin. Once the treated skin completely regenerates it becomes smoother, tighter and of more even color. Chemical peels are performed in case of fine lines and mild skin imperfections.
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure during which the damaged skin is replaced with new, fresh skin. This treatment is very effective against fine lines and wrinkles of the face (particularly those around the upper lip, cheeks and forehead), loose eyelid skin, Crow's feet around the eyes, Pucker marks and frown lines, brown spots and splotchy skin tone and scars (especially scars caused by acne).