What are wrinkles?
Wrinkles are the skin's response to aging. Over time, skin may sag and furrows may form in between eyebrows, in the outer corners of eyes, around the mouth. Some bothersome wrinkles and furrows form due to repetitive motions of the facial muscles called expression lines and have names you might be familiar with:
- Crow's feet
- Laugh lines
- Frown lines
- Brow furrows
- Neck bands
What causes wrinkles?
The aging process is a normal skin evolution that happens over time, but scientists and dermatologists have found that excessive exposure to the sun's UV rays has the biggest effect on how your skin ages and how early it begins to show signs of aging such as wrinkles. Genetics plays a large role is a large determinant of your skin's structure in how wrinkles will form and to what degree and at what age. The normal repetitive motions of the muscles that cause facial expression is also a leading, though unavoidable, cause of wrinkles called "expression lines." Smoking is another large cause of wrinkling due to the effect of the repetitive action of smoking around lips and squinting of eyes due to smoke, in addition to the negative effect on the skin of cigarette smoke.
How do we effectively treat wrinkles?
While there is no way to "cure" wrinkles, slow the aging process or turn back the clock there are several medical and cosmetic treatment techniques available for reducing your wrinkles. We use various treatments and procedures to minimize visible wrinkles and signs of aging and provide skin rejuvenation. Many treatments can be combined to achieve the best results:
- Injectables: We can rebuild and plump up soft tissue with a variety of different injectable dermal fillers to fill in any depressed furrows or pitted areas such as in-between brows and laugh lines around mouth and eyes. Other injectables relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles and furrowing. Injection results are temporary and need to be repeated as specific intervals to maintain desired results.
- Thermage®: This treatment uses radiofrequency waves to safely heat skin and stimulate skin contraction and tightening for sagging skin to renew the supportive web of collagen underneath your skin that builds over time and provides lasting results.
- Laser treatments: Laser treatments are non-invasive, in-office procedures which use different frequencies of light beams. We offer many different types to correct and improve many different skin conditions over time such as sagging, furrows, lines, wrinkles and sun discoloration or damage.
- Custom-compounded anti-aging creams from our formulary
What can I expect?
Aging is impossible to stop, therefore any treatments that provide desirable results for you will likely need to be repeated at specific intervals determined by your practitioner. Improving the visible signs of aging is not an exact science, but positive results are achievable using the techniques described above.
Treatment for wrinkles at Orentreich Medical Group is painless, as we apply a topical numbing cream for 20-30 minutes prior to injectable treatments.
You can also expect to be given a skincare plan that includes sun protection and wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 at all times to sun-exposed skin that is showing signs of aging.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.