If you are over the age of 30, especially in Tampa where the sun shines brightly all year long, no doubt you have thought about how to reduce wrinkles.  Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging process.  In tropical climates where the sun is intense and outdoor activities are abundant, it is even more important to protect skin and try to prevent wrinkles.  Unfortunately they will sneak up on even the most diligent person eventually.  Sunscreens will reduce the effects of harmful UV rays from the sun and moisturizers will keep skin looking younger longer, but once you have started to see them, the question is how to reduce wrinkles rather than how to prevent them.Laser Skin Resurfacing Patient Before and After Blonde Front Left

Wrinkles are formed when the skin dries out and loses its elasticity.  It stretches but doesn’t stretch back the way it did when we were younger.  This causes it to crease and fold, creating wrinkles.  While there are a plethora of products on the market that claim to reduce wrinkles, over the counter creams and lotions can’t repair what nature has lost.  You simply can’t add enough moisture back into the skin to reverse the aging process. Moisturizers and lotions are still valuable in the fight against aging.  They will help prevent new wrinkles from forming.  However they can’t reduce wrinkles once they have formed.

So how do I reduce wrinkles?

There are a number of effective ways to reduce wrinkles but they all require the help of a qualified cosmetic surgeon.  A facelift is the most obvious choice but it is invasive and not the right choice for everyone.  Because it is surgery, it requires a fairly significant amount of downtime and general surgical risks.  Dermal fillers are another way to reduce wrinkles but is a more targeted approach.  Laser skin resurfacing is a fantastic option for many people because the risks and downtime are very low and it can also improve the overall appearance of the skin.  Laser skin resurfacing uses high tech lasers to remove the top layer of skin.  As the damaged skin is removed, the new skin underneath is exposed.  The collagen underneath the skin is also tightened and naturally reshaped, revealing a smoother and more youthful face.

A laser is a high tech device and there are several on the market that are used in laser resurfacing procedures.  Dr. Dominic Castellano, of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, uses the Erbium (YAG) laser.  He prefers the Erbium laser because it is gentle and precise.  It allows Dr. Castellano to skillfully remove the top layer of skin without damaging the surrounding tissue.  The new, more hydrated skin is exposed giving patients a much more youthful appearance.  Laser resurfacing works to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.  An added benefit of laser resurfacing is that it is also effective in removing blemishes and imperfections in the skin.  Skin will be clearer and have a healthy glow that will add to the improved, youthful appearance.

What should I expect during the procedure?

There is no medical procedure that is right for everyone so the first step is always a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Castellano.  The doctor will explain the procedure in detail to you and show you before-and-after photos illustrating the results you can expect.  Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure used to reduce wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, forehead or the entire face. If the treatment area is small you can expect to receive a local anesthetic.  If the entire face is being treated the doctor may sedate you but this will be up to you and the doctor.  A localized treatment will take between 30 and 45 minutes.  A whole face treatment will take longer but shouldn’t take more than 2 hours.  Bandages will be applied and the doctor will discuss skin care instructions with you.  Within just a few days you will see the more youthful, smooth complexion you have been longing for.

Reduce wrinkles without a facelift

Laser resurfacing is a great option for patients who want to reduce wrinkles and look younger without undergoing a facelift surgery.   The results can be seen quickly so it is perfect if you want to improve your appearance before a special event or if you need to get back to work quickly.  It is a safe and effective treatment option that will bring back your youthful face and a smoother, healthy-looking countenance.

If you would like to find out if laser skin resurfacing is right for you, please call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Dominic Castellano is double-board certified and is a highly respected and experienced plastic surgeon.  Call (813)975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com.

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