If you are like most people, you have some or several wrinkles on your face and neck. These wrinkles typically happen on parts of the body that get the most sun exposure. These include the face, the neck, the backs of the hands, and the tops of the forearms. Wrinkles may be fine lines or then, deep furrows. If your wrinkles bother you, you have treatment options.
Certain factors predispose to causing wrinkles. Some of these are smoking, sun damage to the skin, hereditary, and skin type. Those of you with light-coloured skin are more likely to get wrinkles.
Treatments for wrinkles include a variety of non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Non-surgical procedures include topical medical treatments, such as treatment with Vitamin A acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Antioxidants, and Moisturizers.
Some less invasive surgical treatments include Glycolic Acid peels, Deep peels, Ultrasound Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Photodynamic Rejuvenation, Laser Resurfacing, and injection of Fillers and Botox. One of the more invasive surgical treatments includes a face lift, a brow lift and other cosmetic surgeries for wrinkles.
Dr. S. Suma is well-versed in all of these procedures and after your first consultation with her, will choose the right procedure or a combination of procedures that will work just for you! She completely understands the psychological impact of the wrinkle correction procedures and will be ready to answer any and all of your questions in an empathetic manner.
Before your Wrinkle Correction
Dr. S. Suma is an expert in Laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is also known as Laser Peel, Laser Vaporization, and Lasabrasion. This procedure reduces facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes and is popularly considered an anti-wrinkle surgery. There are some newer laser therapies and technologies that give your plastic surgeon a new level of control in laser surfacing. This permits extreme precision, especially in delicate areas.
You should schedule an initial consultation with Dr. S. Suma prior to your laser surgery. She will explain the process to you and will also determine which wrinkles to treat and how. She will explain the procedure to you in great detail and may combine laser resurfacing with any of the other procedures.
During your Wrinkle Correction
Your doctor will use a laser to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen, which plumps up the skin in that area. There are different types of lasers and you should consult with your surgeon as to the type of laser she will use, as well as how many sessions of laser treatment you will need.
Laser resurfacing is all about using targeted beams of light. Your surgeon will use the laser to send short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, scars, and wrinkles. This is one of the best facial procedures for aging skin. This will remove unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner, one layer at a time.
Laser resurfacing can be painful, which is why your doctor may numb the skin with a local anaesthetic. She may also give you a sedative to help you relax. If you are opting for extensive laser resurfacing in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures, she may even administer a general anaesthetic. Your face will be thoroughly cleaned and you may also be given protection for your eyes.
Two types of lasers are used in Laser resurfacing: Carbon Dioxide and Erbium. Both vaporize superficial, damaged skin cells. The targeted approach of laser skin resurfacing ensures that there are fewer problems with hypopigmentation or a lightening of skin, due to procedures to remove acne scars and blemishes.
The laser used in laser resurfacing will remove the outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis. It also simultaneously heats the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action stimulates the growth of new collagen fibres. Once the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is much firmer and smoother.
Precautions and Procedures before and after your Wrinkle Correction
You may not be a good candidate for laser resurfacing if you have active acne, very dark skin, deep wrinkles, and excessive or sagging skin. Patients who have darker skin tones run the risk of healing with hyperpigmentation. You should discuss these risks with your cosmetic surgeon.
After the surgery, your doctor will prescribe painkillers to manage your discomfort. After the treatment, your doctor will also apply a specialized dressing to protect the treated tissues. Additional dressing changes, as well as specialized topical treatments, may be necessary to enhance healing.
After the procedure, you should clean the treated area two to five times a day with saline or as recommended by your surgeon. You can also apply protective skin care treatments as recommended by your doctor to help your skin heal. After your skin heals, you can apply oil-free makeup to camouflage the reddish and pink areas of your treated skin.
After healing, you will need to apply sunscreen, particularly one that is formulated for the rejuvenated, sensitive skin on your face or other parts of your body. Your plastic surgeon will help you choose the right sunscreen for your type of skin to best protect your treated areas.
Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for your laser resurfacing is imperative. You can consult Dr. S. Suma, knowing that she has in-depth experience correcting wrinkles using laser resurfacing, as well as any and all of the procedures mentioned above. She will educate you as to the precautions to take prior to your laser resurfacing procedure.
Wrinkle Correction Result
Your treated skin may appear pink or red for several months after laser resurfacing. You may also be extra sensitive to sunlight for about a year after the procedure. You should minimize your exposure to the sun and should use a sunscreen that is right for you, every day.
Some people will see an immediate result in the treated skin following laser resurfacing surgery. This will continue to improve for about a year. While the effects of laser resurfacing may last for several years, the normal aging process may result in wrinkles or fine lines reappearing. If this occurs, you can repeat laser resurfacing as necessary, alone or in combination with the other wrinkle correction procedures.
If you need to correct your wrinkles, you should consult with Dr. S. Suma immediately. She will use the very latest techniques and technology to correct and smooth your wrinkles in a way that is the least invasive. She may also perform plastic surgery for wrinkles. She will choose the methods that work for you, based on your medical history, physical exam, treatment goals, and more.