Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. As you age, your skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. It also becomes less able to protect itself from external damage. Wrinkles result from a combination of natural aging, exposure to sunlight, repeated facial expressions and smoking. Wrinkles treatments include laser therapy, chemical peels, Botox and dermal fillers.
The classification of wrinkles, also known as rhytids, is based on how deep into the skin the wrinkle extends. Fine lines are the result of changes in the upper dermis and may appear “etched in the skin”. Medium wrinkles reach the mid-dermis, and deep wrinkles (also known as furrows or folds) reach the deep dermis and subcutis.
Laser resurfacing is one of the most common treatments used today for wrinkles. Laser surgery for wrinkles can be “ablative” (meaning the outer portion of skin is removed during treatment), or “non-ablative” (the skin is left intact). In addition, “fractional” lasers are now growing in popularity as well. These lasers require several treatments and ablate a small amount of the skin each time. Laser selection is individualized for each patient and based on the severity of wrinkles and the ability to tolerate downtime.
NYC Dermatologist Dr Schweiger uses the following lasers to treat wrinkles: