There are two main types of facial wrinkles-dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles occur when you move the muscles of your face. These wrinkles begin as temporary facial creases that occur only when you are moving your facial muscles. However, many of these creases eventually become permanent after the same facial expressions are made over and over for years.
All other facial wrinkles are considered static wrinkles. Static wrinkles have many causes, including loss of skin elasticity that comes with aging and sun exposure.
While Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of or even eliminate dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles often don't respond well to this cosmetic injection. Thankfully, there are many other ways to improve the appearance of static wrinkles or even eliminate them.
Read on to learn three ways to smooth stubborn static facial wrinkles at home or with the help of a doctor.
1. Try a Vitamin C Serum
One easy way to help reduce the appearance of static facial wrinkles is to use skincare products that boost your skin's natural production of collagen, which is one of the main building blocks of skin. Skin collagen production slows as a person ages. By increasing collagen production in your skin, you can firm and plump skin to reduce the appearance of static facial wrinkles.
One way to increase collagen production in your skin is to apply a vitamin C serum daily. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is naturally present in all skin. However, the vitamin C content of skin declines naturally with age. Increasing your skin's vitamin C content by using a topical serum can help your skin "act" like it is younger and produce more collagen.
For the best results, look for a serum that contains 20 percent ascorbic acid. If you have sensitive skin, then start with one that contains 10 percent vitamin C.
2. Consider Prescription Tretinoin Cream
If you want a more powerful wrinkle fighter, then ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for tretinoin cream. This topical wrinkle fighter is a form of synthetic vitamin A and available by prescription only. Tretinoin not only boosts collagen production in your skin but also increases skin cell turnover. Your skin's cell turnover rate is how quickly your skin produces new cells while sloughing off the dead skin cells on its surface.
When skin ages, its cell turnover rate decreases dramatically. This slowed skin cell turnover causes skin to appear dull, rough, and wrinkled as more dry, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of skin. When the cell turnover rate of skin is increased, wrinkles are smoothed out and skin appears brighter and smoother.
Your doctor will recommend a tretinoin cream strength that is right for your skin type.
3. Ask Your Doctor about Laser Skin Treatments
If you just don't have enough time to dedicate to an at-home wrinkle-reducing skincare routine or you already use anti-wrinkle products at home and still see stubborn wrinkles, then ask your doctor about antiwrinkle laser skin treatments.
One laser that is often used to smooth wrinkled skin is the Nd:YAG laser. This laser stimulates collagen production in the skin by heating up your skin's deeper layer, or dermis, which lies just beneath your skin's surface, with special laser energy.
To treat your skin with the Nd:YAG laser, your doctor will simply clean your face, cover your eyes with protective goggles, and then run the laser over areas of your face that you would like to see improvement in. You will feel your skin warming, but it will not feel uncomfortably hot. Your skin may feel tighter after one treatment, but several treatments are typically required to smooth stubborn wrinkles.
One popular Nd:YAG laser used to treat wrinkles is the Laser Genesis Cutera laser. This laser also helps reduce skin redness and shrinks enlarged pores.There are two types of facial wrinkles, and each type responds to different wrinkle-smoothing treatments. Try these tips to reduce the appearance of static wrinkles on your face. Contact the staff at Basin Family Care, Inc., to schedule a wrinkle-reducing laser treatment or a consultation to discuss your other wrinkle treatment options today.