Fine lines and wrinkles affect all of us at some point in our lives. Wrinkles are inevitable due to the aging process and its effect on the skin, and can be one of the most telling signs of age. Early wrinkles due to sun damage or smoking can actually cause a person to look older than their actual age. Luckily, wrinkles don’t have to be permanent due to the wide variety of treatment options available for wrinkle reduction and elimination.
What causes this condition?
As we age, our skin cells divide more slowly and the dermis begins to thin. The skin becomes drier and less elastic due to loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Moisture and elasticity are essential for smooth skin, so as our skin loses its ability to retain moisture and elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines begin to form, becoming deeper over time.
Facial expressions also contribute to wrinkles. Our everyday expressions such as smiling, frowning, squinting, and raising our eyebrows all require muscle contractions which lead to the formation of wrinkles over time. Sun damage and smoking also speed wrinkle formation. Too much sun exposure damages the skin and leads to wrinkles, while smoking slows the production of collagen and also causes lines radiating from the mouth.
Contact Dr. Melda Isaac for a Consultation
There are many options available for treating fine lines and wrinkles. Which option is best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as your skin type, how deep your fine lines are, and where they are located. An expert dermatologist such as Dr. Melda Isaac at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC will sit down and have a thorough consultation with you to determine which treatment option will best meet your needs.
Read more about wrinkle treatment options at WebMD.com.
Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are neuromodulators that can essentially freeze the muscles that cause fine lines. Repeated muscle contractions cause fine lines and wrinkles, so by using one of these neuromodulators to relax the muscles which cause the contractions, wrinkles can be prevented and smoothed. Some people worry that they will be unable to make facial expressions after a neuromodulator treatment, but if a treatment is done by an experienced professional such as Dr. Isaac and her staff, muscles can be targeted with such a high degree of accuracy that the face is still able to emote after treatment.
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that fill in fine lines through the use of a gel substance. All of the dermal fillers used at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC are FDA-approved and administered by expert, experienced injectors. Dermal fillers can treat a wide variety of fine lines and wrinkles in different areas of the face, neck, and even decolletage. During your consultation, Dr. Isaac will discuss which type of dermal filler treatment would be best for you, depending on how deep your wrinkles are and where they are located, among other factors.
Dermal fillers that help with fine lines and wrinkles offered by Dr. Isaac in Washington DC include:
- Restylane Silk
Skin Tightening Devices
Nonsurgical skin tighteners such as Ultherapy and Pelleve are great options for treating both wrinkles and sagging skin. These devices use advanced, cutting-edge technology in order to tighten and lift skin from within. Collagen and elastin production is stimulated with the use of these devices, leading to longer-lasting results as your skin produces more of these essential substances on its own.
Skin tightening treatments offered by Dr. Isaac in Washington DC include:
- Accent RF
- CoolSculpting and CoolSmooth
Laser treatments can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Different lasers target different concerns, and many involve more downtime than other options, but they can be extremely effective in resurfacing the skin to improve skin texture and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Laser treatments offered by Dr. Isaac in Washington DC include:
- Erbium Laser Resurfacing
- Fractional CO2
- eMatrix Fractional RF
- Excel V
- Photodynamic Therapy
Micro-needling is a state-of-the-art skin resurfacing technology that can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and shallow wrinkles. Micro-needling with the MicroPen or DermaPen involves microscopic injuries to the skin by extremely fine needles, which stimulates collagen production in the dermis and allows the regeneration of fresh skin. This skin resurfacing treatment is popular, safe, and effective, with results that continue to improve over time due to increased collagen production.
Chemical peels are a way to intensively exfoliate the skin, clearing away dead skin cells and allowing production of new skin cells. Chemical peels have a long history of use for skin rejuvenation, and can effectively smooth wrinkles in the face. Different strengths are available depending on what the patient wants, and often results can be seen in just one session. Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results, and Dr. Isaac in Washington DC will let you know how many you might need.
Dermasweep is a revolutionary exfoliating system which uses a brush tip combined with vacuum pump to “sweep” away dead skin cells and refresh the skin. Dermasweep can be combined with a topical solution for any specific skin problems you may have, and is proven effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermasweep is a pleasant, noninvasive treatment that requires no downtime. Your skin will be noticeably brighter and softer after just one treatment, and after multiple treatments you will see a visible reduction in your fine lines and wrinkles.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Isaac today!
If you have wrinkles and fine lines that you would like to be rid of, schedule a consultation at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC in order to determine which type of wrinkletreatment is right for your particular concerns. To find out more information on removing wrinkles and to make your appointment, call (202) 393-SKIN (7546) today!
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