Wrinkle Treatments

Wrinkles At A Glance

  • Best Results1 - 3 treatments
  • Treatment RecoveryVariable
  • Procedure Time1 to 50 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistNurse, Therapist, Me
  • Duration of ResultsVariable
  • AnaestheticVariable
  • Back to Work0 to 9 days
  • Cost$-$$$$

Wrinkle Treatments

Wrinkles are a natural process of ageing, caused by skin laxity, volume loss or strong muscles. Treatments are directed at the causes of wrinkles. These include muscle relaxants, fillers, chemical peels, lasers & surgical modalities, depending on the severity of wrinkles. I believe in both treating wrinkles, but also developing a wrinkle prevention program.

FactsFacts on wrinkle treatments

  • Wrinkles and lines develop with age, & are made worse with UV exposure
  • Wrinkles can be classed as static- present at rest, or dynamic, present when muscles contract
  • Dynamic wrinkle are treated with muscle relaxants
  • Static wrinkles are treated with fillers, peels, laser resurfacing or lifting
  • Mild wrinkles can be improved with AHA chemical peels & simple low downtime procedures
  • For facial harmony with natural results, the balance between skin texture, tone & volume is essential

What anti-wrinkle treatments do I perform?

Always identify the type of wrinkle, then employ methods to address it. Wrinkles at rest are static, wrinkles with movement are dynamic. In many cases dynamic wrinkles gives rise to static wrinkles.

Injectables: Include muscle relaxants as well as dermal fillers. Fillers I perform include hyaluronic acid as well as collagen stimulating fillers (longer lasting). Muscle relaxing injections are best for dynamic wrinkles, eg. Frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles.

Lasers: I use over a dozen lasers depending on skin type (colour) as well as the depth of wrinkles. Shallow to medium depth wrinkles can improve markedly with fractional lasers including Fraxel, LaseMD, fractional CO2, as well as low downtime Tixel. Really deep wrinkles are treated with ablative lasers including erbium & CO2. The deeper the wrinkles, the stronger the lasers.

Peels: Fine to medium depth wrinkles can be treated with chemical peels. The best results are with medium depth combination peels such as Jessner -TCA peels. Deeper wrinkles, eg; smokers lines are best treated with deep peels including phenol croton oil peels.

Tempsure, HIFU, Thermage: are best for improving skin tone, not wrinkles.

Tixel: is a non-laser treatment aimed at improving fine lines & wrinkles. Best for the under eye area.

Skin care: is important after anti-wrinkle treatments. There is no such thing as an anti-wrinkle cream. Even strong prescription retinoids will not shift meaningful wrinkles. Creams are best at prevention.

What treatments are available for frown lines and forehead wrinkles?

Frown lines & forehead lines can be relaxed using anti-wrinkle injections. These work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. A good injector knows how to make the results look & feel natural.

Treatments take 1-2 minutes to perform & typically last 4-6 months.

What treatments are there for eye wrinkles?

Eye wrinkles are one of the most requested wrinkles to soften or remove.

If you have smile lines or crow’s feet the use of anti-wrinkle muscle relaxants can treat and prevent the progression of wrinkling.

Under eye wrinkles or wrinkling of your upper eyelid can be treated with either surgical or laser procedure, know as blepharoplasty. This is suited for patients with poor skin tone around the eye area.

I employ many different lasers & energy devices based upon the type & depth of wrinkles. Mild to medium wrinkles respond well to fractional lasers such as Fraxel, LaseMD, & hybrid lasers. Deep wrinkles are best treated with ablative CO2 or Erbium lasers.

How can I treat lip wrinkles?

Fine lip wrinkles & lines can respond to skin laser toning & dermal fillers. Fillers can restore loss volume in and around the lip area, & provide a more youthful appearance.

Severe lip lines & wrinkles can be erased by laser resurfacing, most often using a combination of erbium and fractional lasers. Occasionally I perform deep chemical peels including Croton -Oil & Phenol, or Jessner TCA with or without fractional CO2 lasers.

Davin’s viewpoint on wrinkle treatments

Wrinkles are a natural process of ageing. Solutions are always possible, no matter how deep the wrinkles. Not all cases require long downtime laser resurfacing as newer technology can reduce wrinkles whilst keeping healing times to a minimum.

As with all our procedures, we pick the correct method for your wrinkling, & not employ a cook-book approach. Depending on the severity of wrinkles & sun damage, the clinical team @cliniccutis have an array of treatments such as RF radio frequency treatments, skin needling, all the way to lasers such as Fraxel, Pico, CO2 & Tixel. Fillers are often underestimated in how we can achieve wrinkle removal thru volume replacement.

Wrinkle prevention is just as important as wrinkle removal, simple muscle relaxants combined with good skin care is important.

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