5 Ways to Minimize Wrinkles Without Surgery

5 Ways to Minimize Wrinkles Without Surgery

Wrinkles can add years to your appearance, but you don’t have to resign yourself to cosmetic surgery just yet. There are plenty of noninvasive options you can try to restore a youthful glow.

Dr. Gae Rodke is an OB/GYN located on the Upper West Side of New York City, New York. She and her experienced team provide not only gynecological care, but also specialty aesthetic treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Causes of wrinkles

Sun, smoking, and the aging process can damage the building blocks of your skin, reducing your body’s ability to make collagen, which plumps up your skin and makes it look smooth, fresh, and unwrinkled; and elastin, which provides flexibility and tautness. 

When collagen and elastin production slow down, you can develop wrinkles on your face and other areas of your body that make you look older. Fortunately, you can minimize the appearance of wrinkles in five different ways before looking up the contact information for a plastic surgeon. 

1. Reduce sun exposure

Sun exposure ages your skin, making it more likely you’ll develop wrinkles and other damage like sunspots. Staying indoors during high sun periods and wearing sunscreen can help you protect your skin from the ravages of UV rays. Sunglasses, a big hat, and long, loose sleeves can help, too. 

2. Start a skincare routine

You can use protectants to keep your skin from being affected by sun and environmental stressors, and humectants to hydrate and revitalize your skin. You’re never too young to start nourishing your skin with a daily routine. 

3. Improve your lifestyle

If you smoke, stop. If you drink to excess, reduce your intake. Eat fruits and vegetables, and take care of your body as a whole, and your skin will benefit. 

4. Try radiofrequency (RF) energy

Guess what? You can encourage your body to resume collagen and elastin production. Your body naturally produces them in response to stimulation that makes it think an injury has occured. We use radiofrequency technology to basically trick your body into responding as though you’ve been hurt, putting collagen and elastin manufacturing into high gear. 

Dr. Rodke uses a device called Votiva by InMode® to penetrate deep tissue with long-wavelength energy. This triggers a reaction in your middle skin layer (dermis) to create a healing response, restarting production of collagen and elastin. The result is skin that starts filling out, making wrinkles disappear.  

5. Ask about microneedling

Dr. Rodkey also uses the Morpheus8 system to deliver RF energy via a process called microneedling. Microneedling involves tiny, shallow needles that lightly prick your skin to administer micro-injuries, again making your body trigger the healing process. 

Ready to look younger again? We can help. To schedule an appointment, call 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information.

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