3 Treatments for Lines and Wrinkles

Just because you have lines and wrinkles (and are bothered by them), doesn't mean you have to live with them. Here are 3 treatments that help reduce their appearance:

Fillers
The depth and severity of your lines and wrinkles will dictate what type of filler your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will use. "When there is a loss of volume from deterioration of the bone or fat pads, the skin loses its scaffolding and signs of aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles are created. By using volumizing fillers early, we can slow down the the aging process and maintain a natural, youthful appearance," says Studio City, CA, dermatologist Gene Rubinstein, MD. Hyaluronic acid fillers stimulate collagen and add volume to plump wrinkles. Collagen-stimulating fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra Aesthetic work on thick folds and wrinkles and stimulate collagen to fill from the inside out. "Volumizing fillers are instrumental in maintaining a youthful appearance," adds Dr. Rubinstein. 

Fractional Lasers
Fractional resurfacing lasers can be used on wrinkled skin that's the result of sun damage. "Lasers work to help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping skin, increasing collagen production and removing the rough, aged outer layer to create a more youthful appearance, says New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD. 

Injectable Toxins
Injectable toxins like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin work to smooth out the skin's surface by temporarily stopping the contraction of the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles. "Neuromodulators prevent muscles from allowing the movement that creates the fold and, over time, often reverse the lines that may already be present in the skin," says Dr. Rubinstein. "I always recommend Botox or Dysport when patients start to see a trace of a wrinkle when the face is at rest. This helps prevent etched lines that are more difficult to treat."

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