Most people want to look their best for the holidays.  Whether you are staying in Tampa or heading up North to visit relatives, there are ways to reduce wrinkles in time for holiday photos.  Here are four ways to reduce wrinkle before the holidays are here.

Reduce Wrinkles without Surgery

Once facial wrinkles have appeared, it is difficult to impossible to erase them simply using an over-the-counter cream or lotion.  Contrary to the advertised benefits from the beauty industry, even the most expensive potions cannot really make the facial lines disappear.  Some products Happy Family at Christmasmay help to moisturize the skin and at best stave off further skin damage at least temporarily.  However, it you want true wrinkle reduction, then it is best to seek out an expert for treatment.

The best treatment to reduce wrinkles will depend on a couple of key factors.  The location of the lines and the severity of the wrinkles will often dictate the best procedure for removal.  For very fine lines, laser skin resurfacing is an effective method to treat imperfections in the skin.  According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, laser skin resurfacing can remove wrinkles and other skin blemishes that are situated in the top layer of the skin (epidermis) as well as in the deeper skin tissue (dermis).  The laser will safely remove the outer layers of skin allowing new skin cells to come the surface.  This will tighten and smooth the skin to provide a more youthful appearance.

Reduce Wrinkles with Injectables

Another way to reduce wrinkles is through the use of injectable products such as Botox and/or dermal fillers.  Both Botox and dermal fillers are injected into the facial lines or underlying muscles to treat minor to moderate wrinkles.  These reduce wrinkles in different ways but can be very effective at removing facial lines, at least for several months or more.  Both types of injectables work quickly, often within a week or less, to show noticeable results in terms of smoother, younger looking skin.

Botox is the best known wrinkle treatment on the market today and it works by “freezing” the facial muscles that are causing the facial creases.  Dr. Dominic, an expert in the administration of injectable fillers and Botox, says that Botox is extremely effective but it is essential to use it properly in order to get the most natural results.  “Some practitioners dispense too much Botox or do not place it properly within the facial muscles, which can lead to undesirable results.”  Corinn suggests that it is more important to find a good injector with excellent knowledge of facial structure, rather than shop for the lowest price.  Botox will often show full results within a week and can last for three to six months before another injection is required.  The good news is that Botox can also prevent new wrinkles from developing during the active period.

Dermal Fillers Reduce Wrinkles Quickly

Dermal Fillers are another injectable option that function by filling in the wrinkles from below the skin.  There are several different varieties of dermal fillers available and each has a distinct formula.  Some fillers work best on small lines, such as those lipstick lines around the mouth.  Others are better on deep creases such as the nasolabial lines that run from the corner of the mouth to the nose.  Dermal fillers can reduce wrinkles for three months to eighteen months depending on the brand used and on the placement of the product.  Most will produce best results within a week or two so plan ahead for the holidays. For best results, consult a facial plastic surgeon or expert practitioner that has knowledge and experience using dermal fillers.  Like Botox, the most important piece of the treatment is the proper dosage and injection, not the actual formula.

Facial Plastic Surgery for Severe Wrinkles

For deep or severe wrinkles, surgery may be the best option and can provide permanent results.  There are several different procedures that can reduce wrinkles, but which will work best depends on where the lines are located.  For example, a facelift can restore beauty to the mid to lower facial area, whereas a brow lift will smooth the forehead region.   Dr. Castellano, of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, recommends setting a consultation in order to meet with the surgeon to find out what may be the best procedure to restore your appearance.  “Often the only way to provide good direction is to see a patient in person” says Dr. Castellano.  “Some patients call and request a specific procedure only to find out that they really do not need surgery at all, or need an entirely different procedure than they thought.  That is one reason why we offer complimentary consultations at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, it helps both the patient and our medical team to determine the best course of action to reduce facial lines.”

If you are interested in reducing wrinkles before the holidays, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (813) 975-3223 or scheduling an appointment online via

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