The number one wrinkle prevention tip that everyone should abide by is to wear sunscreen. It prevents sun damage and premature wrinkling of the skin. The minimum recommended amount is SPF 30 or higher. SPF 65 is the ideal level for sunblock and this is best applied 1 hour before direct skin exposure. It is also important to use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. Only sunscreens that pass the FDA’s broad spectrum test (providing protection against UVA and UVB rays) for example, can be labeled this way. Regardless of the weather, one should always be in the habit of applying sunblock.
In regards to skincare, there are several ingredients to look out for when creating a skincare regimen. Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photo-damaged skin. Seeing your dermatologist and getting prescription strength Vitamin A (also known as Retin-A) is also an easy thing to integrate into your routine. It’s important to be under the care of a dermatologist when starting Retin-A because there can be certain side effects like peeling and redness if too high of a strength is used. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy, in the deep layers of your skin. It is the only thing topically that really can reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox and Dermal Fillers for Wrinkles
There is only so much that skincare can really do in regards to anti-aging and wrinkle prevention, although it is a necessary first step. To really combat aging, there are a variety of procedures that can be performed. One of the most popular and well known is Botox.
Because of its efficiency and relative safety, many patient’s opt for these injections in order to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Botox works by temporarily reducing muscle activity and is mainly uses on the forehead, between the eyebrows and on the sides of the eyes.
Botox Before and After Photo
Patient received 2 syringes of Voluma into cheeks and Botox on forehead.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
For deeper lines and replacing lost volume, fillers are used in order to combat the loss of skin elasticity and collagen that comes with age. Dr. Green uses Sculptra, Restylane and Juvederm in order to add volume and smooth out various deeper wrinkles in the face.
Laser Treatments for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Lastly, Dr. Green uses several different laser treatments depending on what the patient’s primary concern is. To stimulate collagen growth and to tighten skin, Dr. Green performs a procedure called Thermage. As you age, your body loses collagen in your skin, causing visible wrinkles and sagging. Thermage® gives you tighter, smoother skin, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and helps you look younger without any incisions or surgery by boosting your body’s natural collagen production. The procedure can be used nearly anywhere on the face or body for a nonsurgical “lift” that firms and tightens loose skin while simultaneously eliminating unwanted fat.
For overall improvement, Dr. Green recommends the Fraxel Laser. This type of skin resurfacing uses microbeams of laser energy to create controlled damage in the target areas. The process simultaneously removes thin layers of damaged skin while promoting the natural healing processes of the body to create new, healthy tissue. The final result is skin that looks and feels smoother, more evenly pigmented, and younger. Because sun-damaged and pre-cancerous skin cells are removed during laser resurfacing, your skin’s health can actually improves as well.
Fraxel does require some down time however, so for those who are unable to do this, there is a laser called the Clear & Brilliant that has a similar outcome to the Fraxel but does not require any downtime whatsoever. However, unlike the Fraxel where results can be seen in just one treatment, the Clear & Brilliant can take several treatments in order to see similar results.
For those with a darker skin tone, the Fraxel and Clear & Brilliant lasers are not used because it can create more pigmentation, and so the equivalent here would be the Ematrix laser. This technology was designed for patients with all skin types. The eMatrix™ can effectively and safely be used on a wide range of skin tones and types including Asian, Mediterranean, Latin American and darker skin. Patients see overall improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, texture, tone, acne scars, dark spots, and overall luminosity for all skin types.
As you can see there are several different options for those interested in anti-aging and wrinkle prevention, ranging from topical creams to injections and laser treatment. Dr. Green is an expert in all of these treatments and can create a protocol just for you. Please call the office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to get more information and to schedule your consultation.