Wrinkles… those folds, creases or ridges in the skin that make me crazy when I look in the mirror. While it’s true that as we become older we get wrinkles, I don’t know anyone who looks at them and thinks: “Wow, those are NICE.” Can we avoid them? To a certain degree.
How do we get them and why?
Wrinkles are caused by many factors:
- Degree of skin pigmentation
- Frequent exposure to the sun
- Not shielding yourself (not wearing hats, long sleeves, etc.)
- Occupational as well as recreational sun exposure, which includes jobs like: sailing, farming, and playing golf
- Too much time spent on tanning beds
- Heredity: some families just wrinkle more
Truthfully, when we analyze these factors, most of them are beyond our control. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take preventive measures and reduce your chances of looking like a prune.
So, how can we visibly reduce wrinkles? Since most of us can’t time travel, we can start TODAY by limiting our exposure to sun, not smoking, etc. There are some treatments available for wrinkles: Creams, lotions, medicines and yes the plastic surgeon are available to help. Me? I’d rather do ALL that I can WITHOUT walking into the doctor’s office for anything drastic.
Treatments (lotions & creams)
- Vitamin A Acid: You don’t HAVE to have needles and knives when you visit the plastic surgeon. There are prescription formulas (like tretinoin), which are considered to be very successful in treating aging skin and fine lines.
- Glycolic acid peels: These peels will help if you’re young enough to have the finest of wrinkles, just be prepared to stay out of the sun for a while after. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can let you know whether this is a viable option.
- Deeper peels: The deeper the line, the deeper the peel should be. Your doctor may use trichloroacetic acid and salicylic acid to penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Laser resurfacing: I’ve had some laser done to rid me of those awful age spots. The doctor uses an instrument which includes erbium lasers and carbon dioxide to help you achieve results which are similar to dermabrasion. To treat your wrinkles, the laser rays are passed several times over the area that has to be treated until the peel lands in the middle of the dermis which is considered to be the skin’s second layer.
- Plastic surgical procedures: Facelifts, brow lifts as well as similar operations can prove to be very helpful. Just be prepared to shell over LOTS of MONEY.
ME? I’m not ready for anything drastic, and have a vanity filled with great lotions and creams. If anyone asks, I just tell them my wrinkles are a sign of wisdom.