Good news and bad news for wrinkles. The bad news? There is no one “cure-all” to permanently fix all your wrinkles. But that’s also the good news. In this day and age, there are a number of specifically-designed wrinkle treatments such as fillers that target certain areas of the face, giving you more reliable results than ever before.
First, it helps to understand the various types of wrinkles we develop over time. Fine wrinkles come from smiling while deep wrinkles come with age and can be made worse by lax skin. We’ve found that topical products such as retinoids are well suited to deal with fine lines and wrinkles, while wrinkles associated with movement respond well to injectables. Wrinkles with textural irregularity can be treated with lasers, while lax skin is best dealt with by undergoing surgery.
Some of the most time-tested topical solutions for wrinkles are retinoids. Among them, Retin A is the most recognized product for good reason. By building new collagen in the skin, retinoids such as Retin A decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, particularly when used daily. Retinoids also serve as a skin exfoliant, which helps other anti-aging products to better penetrate the pores while keeping your skin looking fresh and young.
Injectables and Fillers
With injectables and fillers, there’s an almost overwhelming number of options, so it’s best to understand how each works before committing to one treatment over the other. The biggest names in injectables are BOTOX® and Dysport. These neurotoxins inhibit muscle movement for up to four months with each treatment. BOTOX® and Dysport are particularly useful for forehead wrinkles, but can be used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and neck bands, as well. These injectables tend to work best when used continuously because they slow the progression of wrinkles.
Xeomin targets moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows by blocking the nerve impulses of specific facial muscles while inhibiting movement that causes wrinkles.
Fillers help with deeper lines and include products such as Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse and others.
Juvéderm is a medium-thickness injectable which helps restore the contours of your face, including areas around the mouth, nose and forehead. Within the Juvéderm family, you’ll also find Volbella, a dermal filler that helps define the lips and eliminates wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth by tapping into the power of Hyaluronic Acid. Volbella is ideal for treating the most delicate areas of the face.
Another Juvéderm product is Voluma, which is specifically formulated to treat age-related midface volume loss, including the cheekbone area. Created from a naturally occurring component of human skin, Voluma is both safe and effective for restoring a youthful look to your face. Voluma is approved by the FDA to be effective for up to two years.
Injectable Restylane also restores the face’s natural contours, and is particularly effective on facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane Lyft is a newer product designed to boost volume in your cheeks.
Radiesse is a dermal filler that’s different because it is not made of Hyaluronic acid, but rather calcium. It helps correct wrinkling while contouring specific areas of the face and is effective for up to 24 months, depending on where it’s injected.
Janiga MDs offers several laser options to help improve skin texture and smooth out wrinkles. Treatments include ablative and non-ablative lasers such as the ICON resurfacing laser. These procedures are performed in-house at our Reno plastic surgery and cosmetic offices.
When injectables, fillers and laser resurfacing aren’t the best option, a facelift just might be the perfect treatment, especially if you have lax skin. At Janiga MDs, we offer two main varieties of facelifts, including a standard facelift and a mini (or, in-office) facelift. The biggest difference in these two is that a standard facelift is performed using general anesthesia in a surgery center, while the mini can be performed in our office using a local anesthesia. Both are designed to help remove excess skin in the face and neck while tightening the deeper structures to give you a more youthful appearance.
If you’d like to learn more about injectables, fillers, laser treatments or facelifts, schedule a consultation with us today. When you meet with our board-certified physicians, we’ll discuss the very best treatment options for you and walk you through what to expect at each step along the way. Contact us or call us at 775-398-4600 today.