A reader recently asked us the following question: The wrinkles on my face are starting to bother me. What are the options to treat them?
Our three experts each address the question below.
Jennifer Kauffman, NP-C: That is a very common concern. There are several treatment options available to scare those wrinkles away without having to have surgery.
One option to treat the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes (commonly referred to as smile lines or crow’s feet), the frown lines in between your eyes and the expression lines in your forehead is with an injectable medication such as Botox® or Dysport®. These medications help relax the muscles and soften the wrinkles.
Many women fear losing their expression or looking unnatural. After receiving the treatment, you will still be able to smile, frown, and look natural. We have all seen the look of Hollywood, but in the Midwest, we strive for a more natural look. The goal of Botox or Dysport is to reduce wrinkles without others noticing you have had any treatments. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and there is no downtime afterward. Many patients have it done over their lunch hour and return to work immediately after. You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The treatment must be repeated every three to four months to keep up the results.
Sarah Hill, Laser Technician: A second treatment option is a laser procedure called Pearl Fractional®. Pearl Fractional is designed to treat fine lines and deep wrinkles associated with photo damage as opposed to wrinkles caused from frowning or smiling. This treatment stimulates the body’s own natural process for creating new collagen, plumping the skin from below and reversing photo aging and other imperfections. Removing only a small portion, or a “fraction,” of the skin ensures a safe treatment with a rapid recovery.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on medical cosmetic procedures.
Sarah Hill has received specialized training with the Cutera laser technology. Sarah specializes in laser facials, laser hair removal, brown spot diffusion and skin tightening which are all performed with advanced Cutera laser technology.
Jamie Plack is a nationally trained and jane iredale certified makeup artist. She is also a part-time model and former wedding photographer, so she understands from both sides of the camera how to skillfully apply your makeup to photograph your best.
Do you have a question about this article or another cosmetic skin care issue? Please call Vein Institute & Medical Spa at 574-267-1900 to have your questions answered and considered for future blogs or simply leave a comment on our blog.