The first step in wrinkle treatment is preventing more wrinkles from popping up (or rather, sinking in). Apply an SPF of 30 or more every morning before you leave the house. If you plan to stay outside, bring it with you to reapply as needed.
While creams and lotions can make the appearance of wrinkles diminish ever so slightly through simple skin hydration, the results are minimal and only temporary. "Moisturizing is important to overall skin health, and if you want to help prevent wrinkles, choose one with an SPF," says dermatologist Dr. Ron Mahler. "However, if you want a cream that will truly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slow down the clock on skin aging, speak to your dermatologist about prescribing a tretinoin such as Retin-A." Creams are best for wrinkle prevention or shallow wrinkles.
Do you ever notice that at the end of a stressful day the mirror is much less friendly to the lines on your face? This is because the muscles we use for facial expressions lead to wrinkles. Botox relaxes these muscles so that lines are never formed. Therefore, Botox can actually be used for wrinkle prevention as well as for treatment of shallow wrinkles. If it's your first time, pick one area that bothers you the most; the forehead, between the eyes and crow's feet are the most common areas for Botox. The key is to find a practitioner who understands the look you're going for. You want your friends to think you are well rested, not that you had work done.
Often used to fill in the lines on the sides of the nose to the mouth (called "marionette" lines), fillers can plump up the appearance of wrinkles with a form of collagen found naturally in our skin. They can also be used to sculpt cheekbones and create fuller lips. Fillers are generally used for deep wrinkles. Begin with one area, and if you like the results, go back for more.
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