What Is the Best Treatment for Wrinkles?

Medically Reviewed on 1/12/2022
Wrinkles treatment
When it comes to wrinkles, prevention is better than a cure, which means utilizing the following preventative anti-wrinkle measures.

When it comes to wrinkles, prevention is better than a cure. Wrinkles are part of normal aging; however, it is possible to delay them by making positive lifestyle changes.

Numerous methods prevent, treat, and reverse the signs of aging on your skin, but most dermatologists agree that neurotoxins such as Botox injections produce the best results.

The best prevention and treatment options recommended for wrinkles include:

  • Wear sunscreen daily:
    • Sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer and aging of the skin. It should be applied every day, regardless of the season, and reapplied every two hours while outside. Make sure you apply an “adequate” amount of sunscreen.
    • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher to provide adequate protection from the sun's harmful rays. It is best to use physical sunscreen with at least nine percent zinc oxide. People with acne-prone skin may use chemical sunscreen.
  • Botox injections:
    • Botox injections can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Botox reduces wrinkles by relaxing muscle movement that causes a facial expression, preventing lines from forming or deepening.
    • Its effects aren't long-lasting and may fade after three to six months.
  • Fillers:
    • Fillers, as the name implies, are used to changing the profile of the face by injecting materials into the skin to fill in deep folds.
    • Collagen was the most common filler material, but hyaluronic acid has entered the fray, becoming a popular choice among dermatologists.
    • Fillers are commonly used to treat wrinkles around the eyes, around the mouth, and in the nasolabial folds (lines running from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth).

You may be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles with procedures such as:

  • Laser resurfacing:
    • The outer layer of the skin is removed by a laser, and the underlying layer is heated to stimulate collagen growth.
    • This procedure is effective in the treatment of fine wrinkles.
    • Erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser technology is used in safe laser resurfacing treatments for fine line and wrinkle removal. 
    • A laser divides into smaller beams and removes irregular skin layer by layer, revealing younger and healthier skin.
    • Furthermore, it stimulates collagen production, which aids in the improvement of skin texture and smoothing of wrinkles.
  • Microdermabrasion:
    • It is a minimally invasive procedure that removes a fine layer of skin and sprays abrasive crystals on the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Microneedling radiofrequency (RF):
    • Dermatologists puncture the skin with thin, sterile needles to create wounds, effectively increasing collagen production.
    • According to research, four micro-needling treatments, one month apart, improved fine lines and wrinkles in people aged 35 to 75 years with signs of facial aging.
    • The principle of bipolar microneedling RF is used in RF treatment. The needles deposit heat and disrupt the skin's sub-layer, prompting the body to produce collagen.
    • The addition of new collagen improves skin texture and acts as a treatment for wrinkled skin throughout the face.
    • Despite being a mildly invasive treatment, this wrinkle treatment has no downtime and leaves no marks.

Anti-wrinkle creams

Depending on active ingredients and how long you use anti-wrinkle creams, they may be effective at reducing wrinkles.

The best anti-wrinkle ingredients to look for in skincare products include:

  • Retinol:
    • Retinol is the most effective wrinkle-fighting ingredient available.
    • It promotes skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen and elastin production, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • According to research, using topical retinol can improve fine wrinkles caused by natural aging.
  • Glycolic acid: Regular use of serum containing glycolic acid (up to 14 percent) will help curb fine lines, wrinkles, and areas of sun damage. Make sure you start from a low concentration of glycolic acid and do a patch test before starting its application.
  • Antioxidants:
    • Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, can help boost collagen by protecting it from free radical damage.
    • Niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3, improves skin elasticity and moisture retention. Antioxidant compounds are commonly found in products containing tea or grape seed extracts.

Moisturizers

  • Aging skin is less capable of retaining moisture. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated, making fine lines and wrinkles more visible.
  • You can combat wrinkles due to skin dehydration by using a moisturizer regularly, particularly products that contain active ingredients that hydrate and soften the skin, such as emollients and humectants.
  • Moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, a humectant, can draw water to the skin and create a plumping effect.

Lifestyle changes

  • Stop smoking:
    • Nicotine, 1 of over 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, reduces oxygen and nutrient flow to skin cells, hastening skin aging and causing premature wrinkles.
    • Smoking can cause collagen breakdown, increasing the likelihood of forehead lines and wrinkles in general.
    • The longer you smoke, the higher your risk of premature skin aging. When you stop smoking, you can still prevent wrinkles to some extent.
  • Manage stress:
    • Because the primary stress hormone, cortisol, can reduce collagen production, chronic stress may cause wrinkles.
    • Furthermore, making stress-related facial expressions such as furrowing your brows causes wrinkles to deepen.
    • There is no medical procedure that can prevent stress-induced skin aging, but getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can help you manage stress and prevent skin aging from worsening.

Make sure you are being treated by board-certified dermatologists to protect your skin health and achieve the desired results.

Because over-the-counter anti-wrinkle creams are cosmetic products that do not go through rigorous testing for effectiveness, their benefits are generally minimal and short-lived. It is best to combine the use of anti-wrinkle creams with other wrinkle-reducing practices.

Why does skin get wrinkled?

With age as the primary factor, the skin begins to lose elasticity and wrinkles appear. Skin damage from the sun, smoking, and dehydration can cause the skin to lose elasticity.

All the above are the primary causes of wrinkles, while other factors may include:

  • Frequent muscle use, such as the facial muscles, can result in expression lines or wrinkles on the face.
  • Wrinkles can be caused by certain medications, environmental pollutants, and genetic factors.
  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light from tanning salons and sunbathing is one of the most common causes of various skin problems, including wrinkle formation.

Wrinkles are lines, creases, and folds that appear on your face, especially as you get older. These form primarily around areas of frequent muscle use and become more noticeable over time.

Because the layers of skin lose elasticity and become thinner and drier as a person ages, the skin is unable to protect and heal itself as well as it once did. This results in the formation of wrinkles.

Are wrinkle treatments expensive?

Because wrinkles are unavoidable, many companies have developed treatments and procedures that claim to make your skin smooth and wrinkle-free, some of which are quite expensive.

However, wrinkle treatments do not have to be expensive, and there are ways to care for your skin without spending a fortune.

  • Stop overtreating and overspending if you've found yourself spending hundreds of dollars on dozens of different anti-wrinkle creams.
  • The most effective wrinkle routines are minimal, with using as few products as possible. Downsizing your skincare routine will save you money and is better for your skin in the long run.
  • Finally, medical-grade products should be considered first because they are typically safer, more effective, and less expensive than products sold in department or beauty supply stores.

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Medically Reviewed on 1/12/2022
References
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What Are Wrinkles? https://www.webmd.com/beauty/wrinkles

WRINKLE REMEDIES: https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/anti-aging/wrinkle-remedies

Wrinkles: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/wrinkles