Using Dermal Fillers To Remove Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles - either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin).

Treatment for wrinkles runs the gamut from topical creams and moisturizers to cosmetic procedures. The most common medical treatments are:

  • Alpha-hydroxy acids, preparations made from "fruit acids" that produce subtle improvements in the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Antioxidants, creams consisting of Vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene that improves the appearance of wrinkles and provides some additional sun protection.
  • Moisturizers, which temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Vitamin A Acid, which helps alleviate some of the signs of aging, including mottled pigmentation (e.g., liver spots), roughness and wrinkling.
  • Retinoids, Topical retinoids are creams, lotions and gels containing medicines derived from Vitamin A. These compounds result in proliferation and reduced keratinisation of skin cells independent of their functions as a vitamin. Retinoids have also been shown to reverse some of the changes due to photo-aging, i.e. sun damage. If used long term, they may reduce fine wirnkles, freckles, solar comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) and actinic keratoses (tender, dry sun-spots).

Cosmetic procedures include:

  • Chemical peels- Chemical peels may be used to treat damage caused by exposure to the sun (photoaging), to remove fine lines and wrinkles, as well as remove pigmentation such as freckles and melasma. A peel removes several layers of sun damaged skin cells, leaving fresh skin which has a more even surface and color. It may stimulate new collagen to be formed improving skin texture.
  • Botox/Dysport- BOTOX®, a registered trade mark of Allergan Inc., and Dysport® (Ipsen's product) are different forms of purified botulinum toxin A (onabotulinumtoxinA), and are produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin A (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a very successful medical treatment for facial lines and wrinkles. People often dislike their central scowl lines (called glabellar lines), which are caused by muscles contracting when concentrating, squinting, or frowning. Botox and Dysport injections into these muscles weaken them and successfully reduce the prominence of the line. Botox and Dysport can also be used to lessen crows' feet, bunny lines, marionette lines and smoker's lines.
  • Fillers-  (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero) Dermal fillers are used for facial augmentation for cosmetic purposes. It has become increasingly popular for the ‘normal’ everyday person to seek dermal fillers to fill in facial lines/wrinkles or to enhance a specific facial area such as the lips.
  • Laser Resurfacing- Over the last 20 years there have been major advances in the field of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation. With advances in laser technology it is now possible to reduce, and in some cases remove, facial wrinkles and a variety of skin growths and blemishes with minimal disruption and downtime for the patient. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems: vascular lesions including spider angiomas, port wine stains, broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, and rosacea. It also targets freckles and age spots.
  • Pelleve- If you’re wondering how you can refresh your appearance without surgery, the Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System may be right for you. The FDA cleared Pellevé System safely and effectively treats facial wrinkles with virtually no pain and no downtime. In fact, patients who have had a Pellevé treatment say it feels like a warm facial massage.

The best prevention for wrinkles is to keep the skin moisturized and use sunscreen and sunblock to prevent additional damage from the sun.



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