Wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging for every human. While they can never be avoided entirely, the development of new wrinkles can certainly be slowed and existing wrinkles can be softened or reversed in some cases. The best strategy you can follow to reduce wrinkles is to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your skin. Educating yourself on what environmental aggressors and lifestyle habits exacerbate wrinkles is important, too, so that you can take steps to avoid them.
Leading Causes of Wrinkles
Dry or dehydrated skin is the ultimate culprit behind wrinkle development. However, understanding what causes dry or dehydrated skin can help you avoid those detrimental activities. Sun exposure, particularly when you are not wearing sunscreen or protective clothing, is one of the leading causes of wrinkles because it both dries and damages the skin. People who tend to stay in the sun for too long may also be frequently exposed to wind, which can further damage the skin.
Smoking is another top offender for causing wrinkles because it speeds up the aging process of the skin. In fact, aside from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in men and women. The nicotine in cigarettes causes blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin to narrow, which impairs blood flow to the skin. This inhibits oxygen and important nutrients from reaching the top layers of skin, which leads to premature aging. Additionally, the heat from cigarettes and the repeated facial expressions made when smoking (such as pursed lips and squinted eyes) can contribute to wrinkles.
Everyday Strategies to Help Reduce Wrinkles
At Harmony Healing, we believe in caring for the total body by first helping you make smart daily lifestyle choices to enhance your health and wellbeing. At your first appointment, we will ask questions to help us understand more about your lifestyle, including information on your eating and drinking habits, sleep pattern, stress level and more. We may be able to make recommendations at your first appointment on aspects of your lifestyle that can be changed to help reduce wrinkles. What helps reduce wrinkles for you may be different than what works for someone else, which is why we take a personalized approach to wrinkle treatment.
Based on your unique lifestyle, we may make recommendations including increasing your daily water consumption, limiting sun exposure or suggesting a more powerful sunscreen, taking measures to improve your sleep quality and incorporating potent wrinkle serums and treatments into your skincare routine. We offer several treatments in our office to help reduce wrinkles which we may also recommend.
Wrinkle-Reducing Treatments Offered at Harmony Healing
We are proud to offer many of the most state-of-the-art wrinkle reducing treatments to our patients. Depending on your skin condition, ideal timeline and budget, we can recommend a personalized wrinkle treatment plan that may include a combination of the following therapies.
Injectables for Fast-Acting Results
For patients looking for immediate results that improve over time, injectables and dermal fillers are often the best treatment for wrinkles. Depending on the type of look you want to achieve, a combination of injectables including neuromodulators (like BOTOX®) and fillers (like Juvéderm®) may be used. In addition to softening wrinkles, injectables and dermal fillers can be used to create a more refreshed appearance by subtly lifting brows or enhancing the lips. Natural-looking results are always our goal—we never want our patients to look like they have “had work done.”
Laser Skin Resurfacing for a Youthful Glow
Laser skin resurfacing can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and other skin blemishes while creating firmer, younger-looking skin. It resurfaces the outermost layer of skin which smooths over fine lines, dry patches and mild discolorations while also penetrating to deeper layers of the skin to trigger new collagen growth. Results of laser skin resurfacing are often immediate and can further develop over time.
HALO™ for Dramatic Wrinkle Reduction
HALO™ is a Hybrid Fractional Laser that treats wrinkles by inducing a wound healing response from your body, resulting in smoother skin. As the only hybrid fractional laser of its kind, it is extremely tunable to best treat fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and more because it delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. This dual-wavelength approach to wrinkle treatment means you are able to enjoy the dramatic results of a traditional fractional laser without the same lengthy downtime. Many patients achieve their desired results in only one or two sessions.
SkinTyte™ for Firmer, Smoother Skin
For patients desiring firmer, smoother, more evenly toned and younger-looking skin, SkinTyte™ is a worthwhile laser treatment that works to firm up soft tissues. It works by delivering intense light energy in a sequence of rapid, gentle pulses beneath the skin to heat dermal collagen. This creates a strengthened collagen foundation which results in firmer skin. SkinTyte™ also promotes collagen production over time, meaning your results continue to improve long after your treatment.
ProFractional™ laser treatments achieve astounding resurfacing results with customizable downtime. This type of laser ablates narrow-diameter channels into the skin rather than removing an entire surface area. The untreated skin around each channel will increase fibroblast activity, triggering new collagen production. Because the laser only affects a small fraction of the treated area overall, the risks of infection and scarring are less than the risks associated with total laser resurfacing.
Schedule your appointment at Harmony Healing to discover more about what helps reduce wrinkles. We would love to develop a personalized wrinkle reduction plan for you and help you optimize your lifestyle in ways that will result in healthier, younger-looking skin.