Four Ways to Treat Fine Lines
Fine lines are a completely natural part of aging. Even with a healthy exercise regime, eating well, and taking good care of your skin, you’re apt to see some fine lines appear on your skin as you reach your 20s, approach your 30s, and for decades to come. But if you’re like most individuals, there will come a time when you’ll want to take action to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Thankfully, there are several actions you can take to improve the elasticity of your skin and repair your complexion.
What Causes Fine Lines?
Age and time are the most common causes of fine lines. They begin to appear on the skin as oil production decreases, and the fat beneath your upper layers of skin dissipates. When these processes occur, your skin becomes less plump, and its appearance may become slightly saggier, resulting in fine lines or creases.
Of course, other factors can contribute to fine lines. These include:
- Facial expressions: If you tend to squint, smile, frown or laugh more than the average person, your skin might adapt to that particular position, and as a result, lines and creases might develop.
- Smoking: Exposure to smoke can reduce collagen in the skin, which is responsible for its elasticity. This can lead to the early development of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Sunlight and UV rays: The sun’s rays can break down collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, resulting in decreased elasticity and the development of fine lines.
While the above factors are within your control and can help you reduce the prevalence of fine lines in your skin, there are other things you can do to prevent and even help reverse the signs of aging.
Below, we’ve listed four different ways to treat fine lines.
Skin care companies worldwide claim to have miracle cures for wrinkles and fine lines. While some may offer science-based solutions that can reduce the appearance of these features, it’s essential to do your research and select your products wisely instead of buying into false claims.
With the right ingredients, skin care products can help reduce signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also beneficial to use cosmetic products, such as foundations and moisturizers, with broad-spectrum sunscreen infused into them. Look for a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
In addition to minimizing the appearance of fine lines, the right skin care can help your visage resist sagging, reduce discolouration, and retain ideal moisture levels. However, it’s important to remember that your skincare routine should be just that — a routine. Without frequent application, your skincare won’t be able to do its job, and your skin may be left dehydrated, discoloured or even a bit wrinkly.
Natural Ingredients Ideal for Fine Lines
When you’re battling the signs of aging, it’s vital to select skincare with natural ingredients that are scientifically proven to guard against free radicals, maintain optimal skin hydration, and of course, improve elasticity to reduce or prevent fine lines.
Look for these ingredients in your anti-aging skin care:
- Azelaic acid: Often found in acne treatments, this naturally-occurring substance acts as an antioxidant, counteracting the effects of free radicals.
- Ceramides: Ceramides are frequently found in moisturizers. They act as a barrier for the skin, protecting it from external damage, and have the power to prevent infection.
- Glycolic acid: Glycolic acid is a natural substance that exfoliates and boosts collagen production in the skin. It can also help to even out the skin’s colour and minimize the effects of sun damage.
- Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that promotes moisture in the skin, helping it appear smooth and plump.
- Lactic acid: This acid can firm and thicken the skin when used in high enough concentrations. It also helps to increase cell turnover and exfoliate dead skin cells.
- Niacinamide: This vitamin can reduce inflammation on the skin and, in turn, reduce redness and dryness.
- Retinol: Retinol increases the production of skin cells and promotes collagen production.
- Salicylic acid: Although salicylic acid is most commonly found in acne products, its exfoliating properties make it an excellent addition to anti-aging skin care.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is thought to slow aging and improve dullness or discolouration on the skin.
Chemical peels are designed to remove the top layers of the skin so that it grows back tighter and smoother. These treatments have several intensity levels depending on the overall look you are hoping to achieve. While light and medium peels don’t always give results immediately, a deep peel is likely to provide more significant results after one treatment. That said, a deep chemical peel can also take longer to heal, and the risk of side effects such as scabbing, swelling, scarring and infection grows much higher.
If you plan to schedule your first chemical peel, it’s important to discuss your intentions with your doctor. Certain medications and health conditions preclude you from safely receiving this treatment. In particular, acne medications, pregnancy, and cold sores can increase associated risks.
For the best possible results, medical aesthetic treatments are generally the preferred way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While results vary depending on the client, they are typically more noticeable and can last longer. There are a few options you can choose from when exploring medical treatments for wrinkles, such as microneedling and injectables. Within injectables, there are several different possibilities that might work best for your skin. We’ve included information about the more common choices below.
Microneedling is thought to stimulate collagen production. It does this by initiating your body’s natural response to injury, as the procedure itself consists of using tiny sterilized needles to prick the skin and promote healing. As the skin heals after the procedure, it should grow back tighter, smoother and more toned.
It’s thought that microneedling can reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, including fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, scars, and acne.
While the idea of having tiny needles prick your skin repeatedly might be intimidating, the procedure is actually minimally invasive, and for most, it’s not particularly painful. That said, it can result in some minor redness or irritation in the days following the procedure.
It’s also important to note that microneedling isn’t for everyone. While most healthy adults can withstand the treatment without concern, those who are pregnant, have skin conditions or take acne medication should avoid it.
When researching how to treat fine lines, you’ll likely come across all types of injectables. From Botox and Dysport to fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, there’s an array of injectables to choose from, and the treatment you select depends on the area you want to treat, as well as your own personal preference.
In adherence to established Health Canada Guidelines, Dermaworks can only provide limited information about the following treatment options. Results are not guaranteed, and we advise you to arrange a consultation with a medical spa doctor to discuss your treatment options before proceeding.
BOTOX®, which is a form of botulism toxin type A, is approved in Canada for cosmetic purposes. It relaxes the muscles by blocking chemical signals that come from the nerves, and as a result, wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes become less visible.
After injection, the full effect isn’t typically visible for at least seven days; for some, the full result of the injection may not be visible for as long as three to four months. While results vary for everybody, the effects of BOTOX® typically last up to 3-5 months for the first treatment, with subsequent injections possibly lasting slightly longer.
Dysport is also a form of botulism toxin type A, and works as a muscle relaxer. The injectable works by blocking the nerve signals to your muscles, diminishing the possibility of contractions and smoothing the muscle into a relaxed position. It’s ideal for those who want to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.
Hyaluronic acid, sold under brand names such as Juvederm®, Restylane and RHA, is a naturally-occurring substance that plumps and hydrates the skin. This substance is often used as a dermal filler, helping to add volume deep within the skin and smooth out areas of sagging and fine lines.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA, which is sold under the brand name Radiesse, is a dermal filler that works best on deep lines and wrinkles. The effects can last as long as 12 months; however, results can vary for each person. This filler adds volume beneath the skin and promotes elasticity by stimulating collagen production.
Polylactic acid is a synthetic filler that’s biocompatible and biodegradable. It’s sold under the brand name Sculptra Aesthetic and is typically used to fill deeper lines and wrinkles. It’s also thought to promote the production of collagen, helping improve the skin’s elasticity.
Potential Side Effects and Results
As with any cosmetic and beauty procedure, final results will vary from patient to patient. In addition, it is possible for injectables to have adverse effects on those who receive them. It is important to discuss any potential treatments with a licensed and experienced doctor before undergoing injectables to ensure you are a suitable candidate.
Each injectable at Dermaworks is administered by our licensed and experienced doctors. After each procedure we perform, we monitor our patient’s condition and review any symptoms they may have. They will receive a comprehensive aftercare routine to help ensure their treatment is successful, and their skin is healthy and youthful. If you have any questions or concerns before, during, or after your procedure, our staff would be happy to answer them.
How Long Can It Take to See Results?
The amount of time it takes to see results when you engage in an anti-aging routine depends on what method you use. While skin care can take weeks or even months to see any benefit, aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling and injectables can often see changes almost right away, with optimal results typically being achieved within a couple of weeks.
Schedule Your Fine Line Medical Treatments at Dermaworks
Now that you know how to treat fine lines, we hope you feel empowered to improve your skin’s appearance. For more information regarding medical beauty care options that we offer at Dermaworks, including microneedling and injectables like Botox, Sculptra and Dysport, please reach out to our office.
Contact us today to book a free consultation and find the best skin solution for you.