Aging is inevitable. For centuries, people have been after the fountain of youth and a way to keep their youthful glow. Fortunately, we have the next best options.
How did I get wrinkles?
Sure, wrinkles come with the aging process, but have you ever thought about what actually causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles happen for several reasons, the most common being age. When your skin loses its strength, flexibility, and supply of collagen, wrinkles begin to appear. Spending too much time in the sun, smoking, and even repeating facial expressions can also cause wrinkles. The best way to prevent wrinkles at home is to protect your skin from the sun, moisturize daily, quit smoking, eat a healthy diet, and stay hydrated.
Dr. Carlson also recommends medical treatment for your wrinkles. She specializes in these wrinkle treatments:
Botox comes from a type of bacteria that effectively blocks signals telling your muscles to contract. The less your muscles contract, the less your skin can become wrinkled due to repetitive motions.
A typical Botox procedure lasts only a few minutes and doesn’t require any anesthesia. Dr. Carlson uses a thin needle to inject the Botox in the area you want treated. Botox works best for forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines.
You may experience some bruising, headaches, or eyelid drooping within a few days following treatment, but these symptoms are usually mild and resolve quickly. Avoid rubbing the area you’ve treated for at least 12 hours and try not to lie down for three to four hours after treatment. Results from Botox can take up to fourteen days to take full effect and can last three to six months.
Dermal fillers, specifically JUVÉDERM®, add volume to your facial tissue by replacing your body’s hyaluronic acid levels. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that enhances the production of collagen. With age, your hyaluronic acid levels drop and your face starts to sag and wrinkle.
During the procedure, Dr. Carlson will use a needle to inject JUVÉDERM into the area you want treated. A typical procedure can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on what you want to be treated.
Some side effects include redness, tenderness, or itching. These symptoms usually subside shortly after treatment. It’s best to avoid strenuous activity or extreme sun exposure after treatment.
The best part about dermal fillers is that the results last anywhere from six months to two years. JUVÉDERM is best for treating problems areas in the cheeks, near the mouth, or anywhere else that has been affected by age.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a revolutionary technology that uses short, pulsing light energy to remove the thin, dead layers of skin. This procedure promotes the healing and collagen production process in your skin to reveal a smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin. Laser skin resurfacing also brightens your skin along with countering your wrinkles.
You can experience some sunburn-like discomfort following treatment. Your skin will also start to peel around five to seven days following treatment as it sheds the dead layers of skin. Paired with a consistent at-home skincare regimen, the results from a laser resurfacing treatment will appear between 10-21 days and last for several years.
Don’t let another day go by looking less than your best. Call our office or make an appointment online today to make a wrinkle-free life a reality.