Aging in individuals cause wrinkles and fine lines that distract from the beauty of the face. Other factors that can cause aging include excessive usage of facial muscles over time (like frowning or smiling), long term exposure to the sun, and unhealthy habits such as smoking.
Scientifically, collagen and elastin, which are two essential elements that keep our skin’s elasticity, diminish as we age as well as because of other external factors. Therefore, as the skin loses these crucial proteins, it also loses the ability to keep itself taut and plump. This is what causes wrinkles to appear on the surface.
Typically, one of the first places where wrinkles show up is the face. The face is the most noticeable part of the human body and it is not a surprise why millions of people spend so much money and effort in finding the best ways to remove wrinkles on the face. Our hands are also up there with the face because hands are one of those parts of the body that are constantly exposed to the environment. Additionally, unlike the face, our hands are also used throughout the day in various ways to accomplish daily tasks. Of course, after such extensive usage it is obvious why hands would show signs of aging faster than other places of the body.
Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D. offers several wrinkle reduction treatments at his office in Novato, Marin County, San Francisco. Some of the popular options include:
Facelifts are of various types and depending on the extent of the surgical changes needed, different types of facelifts may be used. Even though it is among some of the most invasive facial procedures available today, facelift does offer the longest lasting results. On average, the effects of a facelift last for about ten years and, in some instances, even longer. The facelift procedure generally involves incisions along the hairline or behind the ears, the skin being stretched tight, the excess skin being removed and lastly the incisions being sutured closed.
The second method is the use of injectable fillers. Also known as dermal fillers, these fillers come in many different forms and may offer benefits which are specific to a particular region of the face. As you may expect, they are the ideal non-surgical and minimally invasive choice when it comes to filling wrinkles, creases, hollows, and lines. Some of the popular fillers that Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D uses are Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
While Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra are substances which are injected into the face to fill wrinkles, Botox blocks muscles contractions to internally prevent the skin from forming wrinkles.
Palomar Icon 2940 Laser Treatment
Lastly, there are various laser treatment options available to reduce wrinkles. In particular, the Palomar Icon Laser is the best of all the available laser devices. The Palomar Icon 2940 Fractional Laser is a fractional ablative laser used specifically for the treatment of wrinkles.
It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which stimulates the natural healing process of the body. This results in the formation of new tissue as well as tightening of the skin. The benefits of Palomar Icon is that it is both safe and has a very short downtime with long lasting results.
The Difference Between IPL and Laser Treatment
Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic uses including hair removal, photorejuvenation (e.g. skin pigmentation, sun damage and thread veins) and treatment of some dermatologic diseases such as acne. The technology uses a high-powered hand-held computer-controlled flashgun, to deliver an intense visible broad spectrum pulse of light, generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm. Various cutoff filters are commonly used to selectively filter out lower wavelengths, especially potentially damaging ultra violet light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores (eg. melanin in hair, or oxyhemoglobin in blood vessels), that are heated to destruction, and reabsorbed by the body. IPL shares some similarities to laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets.
But unlike lasers that use a single wavelength (colour) of light which typically matches only one chromophore, and hence only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with filters, allows it to be used against several conditions, by selecting the appropriate filter that matches a specific chromophore.
Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D. is an expert on the Palomar Icon laser and recommends it for treating skin conditions because there is almost no recovery and it is safer than other lasers. Consult with Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D. to discuss the best wrinkle treatment for you.