What are the Different Types of Treatment for Wrinkles?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

There are a variety of treatments for wrinkles that range from gentle to severe and from affordable to incredibly pricey. As the prices and levels of severities change, so do the results. Using a cream for wrinkles might hydrate the skin in a way that makes it look younger and plumps up the skin a bit so as to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This treatment, however, is much less expensive and much less dramatic in terms of its results as a facelift, brow lift, or any other kind of surgical procedure that is conducted in order to smooth out wrinkles.

A woman with wrinkles.
A woman with wrinkles.

In between the extremes of wrinkle creams and surgery are treatments such as chemical peels, which can also range in terms of their results, and microdermabrasion. A chemical peel is a treatment for wrinkles as well as other kinds of skin conditions that peels away a layer of skin. In so doing, older skin is removed and younger skin is revealed. Microdermabrasion is also a treatment for wrinkles that removes a layer of skin, but with the use of intense exfoliation instead of the application of chemicals, in order to reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles.

Treatment for wrinkles can happen gradually, as with regular use of moisturizer and products that protect skin from sun damage. On the other hand, as with some of the procedures described above, treatment for wrinkles can happen over the course of a day. Although aging is not avoidable, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce damage to the skin. In effect, the best treatment for wrinkles is prevention.

The two best ways to prevent skin from wrinkling are keeping the skin hydrated and protecting skin from the sun. The skin can be kept hydrated in two basic ways. It can be hydrated topically in the form of moisturizers, creams, serums, and moisture masks. It can also be kept hydrated from within. This means drinking plenty of fluids such as water and juice and avoiding beverages that dehydrate the body such as coffee and alcohol.

The use of sunscreen is also a very effective preventative treatment for wrinkles. Not only is it important to wear sunscreen while lounging on the beach and taking part in outdoor activities, but it is also important to wear it on a daily basis. This can be done by choosing a daily moisturizer that includes sunscreen.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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