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Wrinkles in Time - Turn the Clock Against Aging
There are many treatments now that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or even erase them altogether. The advancements in medical science and in cosmetic science have provided us with a wide range of treatments that can help us turn back the clock and help us look younger. While we may not have found the fountain of youth, we have found many products that can help us look younger than we looked the year before. Some treatments can even help us look five or ten years younger. All of this can be accomplished by removing wrinkles, the signs of aging, from the face.
There are many different ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and different ways even to erase the wrinkles entirely. Face creams with chemicals and even natural remedies can help the skin regenerate itself and pull tighter to reduce the look of wrinkles. There are injections that help paralyze the muscles under the skin, making it impossible for furrows to be created. And there are lasers that can remove the appearance of even the smallest of lines and wrinkles. All of these advancements make it possible for us to look younger by reducing how our wrinkles look.
Face creams were some of the first things that were created to help improve the appearance of the face. Back in Victorian times a face cream called Gowland was used to reduce the look of freckles and help the face remain beautiful. Today we have all sorts of face treatments designed to help the skin and get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. Most major cosmetic companies, like Oil of Olay, Avon, Mary Kay, L'Oreal, and others make these creams. Some of them contain parelastin, which helps the face tighten and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Toners, to ensure that the skin does not become loose enough to wrinkle are also used. Even natural remedies, like mashed up bananas as a face mask, can be used to reduce the look of wrinkles, helping you look younger and turn back the clock on aging.
Botox injections offer faster effects and more dramatic results than face creams and toners. In about a week after a Botox treatment, it is quite possible for nearly all of your lines, even deep furrows in your brow, to be almost completely erased. And the effects can last for four to six months. This is something that few creams can accomplish. Botox makes this possible by interfering with messages from the neurological system that tell muscles to contract. Basically, this is a toxin that effectively causes muscle paralysis in the face. This means that the skin over the face is smoothed out and then remains smooth, and can help you actually look five or even ten years younger, depending on how many wrinkles time placed there in the first place.
Another way to get rid of wrinkles without having to inject a known toxin into your face is to have the wrinkles removed by laser. A newly developed laser, known as the Fraxel laser, can help erase wrinkles in a procedure that is every bit as non-invasive as a Botox injection. The Fraxel laser works by using a great deal of concentrated heat to burn off skin cells around the wrinkles. This does cause some minimal damage, but rarely to the area outside the wrinkles. And then, as the damage heals over with fresh, younger skin, the wrinkles slowly disappear. It can take a couple of treatments for it to take effect, but it is still a rather effective treatment for getting rid of wrinkles. Additionally, the Fraxel laser can remove other signs of aging, including age spots and sun spots. This is an advantage that the laser has over creams and Botox. While these other two products can get rid of wrinkles, they cannot get rid of other signs of aging.
No matter what treatment you use, however, it is not permanent. Even plastic surgery is not a permanent solution. The facelift eventually sags, the wrinkles become to deep for the cream, the Botox wears off, the laser has to be used again in a few months to kill the dead skin around newly developed wrinkles. So even though the clock can be turned back on aging, it is not permanent, and the results have to be sought again and again