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What Are the Most Effective Wrinkle Reducers?

Posted on: July 1st, 2020 by Dr. Christopher Crosby

Many over-the-counter lotions and potions claim to reduce wrinkles, but few actually deliver on those promises. If you are bothered by wrinkles or fine lines, skip the drugstore products and instead consult with a board-certified dermatologist. The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic offers a selection of treatments to safely and effectively minimize wrinkles for more youthful-looking skin.

Botox Injections

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that form from habitual facial movements like squinting or frowning. When injected into specific facial muscles, Botox temporarily relaxes the muscle and the overlying skin looks smoother. It is most commonly used on wrinkles around the eyes, brow area and forehead. The results last three to six months and injections should be repeated regularly to maintain the effects.

Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal fillers help to “fill in” static wrinkles, or wrinkles that form as a result of gravity, loss of collagen/elasticity, sun damage and other factors. Some static wrinkles are deeper and resemble folds more than lines.

Fillers are formulated with substances like hyaluronic acid that volumize and plump  the treated area, minimizing the appearance of the wrinkle or fold. Fillers are often used for  wrinkles and folds around the nose, mouth and chin.

Depending on the filler, the results can last six to nine months or more. Sculptra is unique in that it actually stimulates the body’s cells to produce its own collagen for lasting results.

Laser Resurfacing

Clear + Brilliant is a non-surgical treatment that uses fractional laser technology to soften the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. The laser creates microscopic injuries to  the skin of the target zone, leaving areas of skin in between untouched. In response to the injuries, the body replaces the damaged, wrinkled skin with healthy tissue. Treating only a fraction of the skin in the target area helps to speed up the recovery process.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels exfoliate the superficial layer of skin to reveal smoother, healthier skin. During a chemical peel, a topical solution is applied to the skin to cause the outer layer of skin cells to slough off. Chemical peels vary in depth to treat different skin conditions and are a good cost effective solution.

Contact Us Today

The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic would be happy to evaluate your particular areas of concern and recommend the treatment best suited to your skin’s individual needs. To request an appointment with our team, please contact us today.

Coastal Skin & Eye Institute/Grossmont Dermatology