As we age, we begin to see lines and wrinkles that tell the world that we’re not as young as we used to be! These lines and wrinkles are caused by a few factors, including a reduction in collagen production, sun damage and the contracting and relaxing of facial muscles. While we cannot stop aging, there are a few things we can do to reduce lines and wrinkles and help prevent future skin damage.
Facial Muscle Relaxation with Botox Cosmetic & Dysport
Several areas of the face are prone to getting wrinkles due to the constant use of facial muscles. When we smile, our cheeks tense and cause crow’s feet around the eyes, and nasolabial (smile) lines around the mouth. When we furrow our brows, lines appear between the eyebrows. When we squint, we see “bunny lines” on the side of the nose. In our youth, a high production of collagen in the skin keeps these lines at bay. As we age and collagen production decreases, these lines and wrinkles appear more prevalent.
Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are used to relax facial muscles, thus relaxing the lines caused by the use of those muscles. Done properly, Botox and Dysport offer excellent result in the softening of a variety of facial lines including lines on the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, on the sides of the nose, and even on vertical lip lines. Dr. Comeau is highly skilled in the administration of Botox and Dysport, offering her patients beautiful results.
When it comes to more stubborn wrinkles, muscle relaxation with Botox or Dysport might not be the only, or the most effective treatment. On the face, a reduction in collagen gives way to volume loss, appearing in the form of nasolabial folds (smile or laugh lines), deep brow lines and vertical lip lines. Not all dermal fillers are created equal. Different products offer different levels of ‘density’ to treat different areas. Dr. Comeau uses several different dermal filler products including Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Vollure, Sculptra Aesthetic, Restylane and Radiesse. At your consultation, Dr. Comeau will evaluate your skin and the areas you wish to have treated and recommend the product that is right for you.
Laser Skin Treatments that Aid in Wrinkle Reduction
Laser skin resurfacing can have many benefits. In addition to reducing dark spots and helping to even skin tone, certain laser skin treatments can aid in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. By removing the outermost layers of skin, laser skin resurfacing uncovers fresher, more youthful looking skin. Lasers that reach the deep layers can also aid in prompting your skin to produce collagen, a process that can help plump fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Beth Comeau offers several laser skin treatments that aid in wrinkle reduction including CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, a deep-reaching laser treatment, and BBL/IPL, a milder laser treatment. Depending on your goals, and the amount of down-time you are able to experience, Dr. Comeau can recommend that right laser skin treatment for you. Contact our office for a consultation to see if there is a laser skin treatment that is right for you.
Facial Skin Tightening
ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses radio frequency to penetrate the layers of facial skin with gentle heat that help stimulate collagen production. ThermiSmooth treatments can be done to treat skin on the forehead, around the eyes and mouth, on cheeks and on the neck. ThermiSmooth can either be done alone, or used in combination with other wrinkle reduction procedures to produce noticeable results.
Skin Care Products that Aid in Wrinkle Reduction
Taking care of your skin with quality skin care products is paramount in helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and helping to prevent future lines and wrinkles. Additionally, quality skin care products can help enhance other skin treatments and procedures. Dr. Comeau carries several quality skin care products including Obagi Skin Care, EltaMD, and Environ.