Several wrinkle treatment options are available to help smooth wrinkles or make them less noticeable. These treatments include nonprescription wrinkle creams and surgical procedures such as laser, light source and radiofrequency treatments, face-lift and soft tissue fillers.
Nonprescription wrinkle creams
The actice ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams make the creams effective. Retinol, antioxidants and some peptides may help improve your wrinkles.
With nonprescription wrinkle creams, your results, if any, are limited and usually short-lived because these creams contain less of the active ingredients than do prescription creams.
Laser, light source and radiofrequency treatments.
In ablative (wounding) laser resurfacing, a laser beam destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers. As the wound heals, smoother, tighter skin forms.
It can take up to several months to fully heal from ablative laser resurfacing. Risks include scarring and lightening or darkening of skin color.
Other laser techniques, such as nonablative laser fractional resurfacing, have decreased healing time and reduced risks. Nonablative lasers are more suitable for people with moderate wrinkles because results are subtle. People typically need to repeat nonablative laser treatment more often than does ablative treatment.
There's also a device that uses radiofrequency instead of light for nonablative treatment that achieves mildly to moderately tighter skin.
Soft tissue fillers.
Soft tissue fillers, which include fat, collagen and hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, others), can be injected into deeper wrinkles on your face. They plump and smooth wrinkles and furrows. In fact, you may experience temporary swelling, redness and bruising in the treated area. The procedure may need to be repeated every few months.
The face-lift procedure involves removing excess skin and fat in your lower face and neck and tightening the underlying muscle and connective tissue. The results typically last five to 10 years. Healing times can be lengthy after a face-lift. Bruising and swelling are usually evident for several weeks after surgery.