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How To Remove Facial Fine Lines

Updated on December 20, 2013

Fine lines on the face are different to deep lines and in a lot of cases won’t require drastic surgery. We all get them as we get older but if they are having an impact on your self-confidence and you want to do something about them there are options available. Do remember though that there are no miracle cures so the tips below are simply to reduce the appearance of lines and give you a more youthful glow overall than eradicate them completely.

No-one can look 21 again, and nor should you want to.

With that in mind, here are some methods for helping remove superficial facial lines which have been known to have an effect. Some are very simple and can be carried out at home, whilst some are more expensive and require a trip to a clinic:

Moisturise: Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the fundamentals of maintaining a youthful glow. You should moisturise every day and night, as properly hydrated skin is plumper which can help to mask wrinkles. It’s worth splashing out on a more expensive brand with scientific research behind it to back it up. Go for one that is specifically designed to target wrinkles. Before you moisturise, always remember to cleanse and tone. You can top it up further by applying a moisturising mask every one to two weeks to give your skin a bit of a boost.

Sun Protection: Whatever the season, protect your skin from harmful and aging UV rays by applying sunscreen to exposed areas every day. This should be at least SPF 15, but really the higher the better. We’re all aware by now of the damage the sun’s rays can do to the skin from both a cosmetic and a health perspective.

Prescription Medications: Sometimes over-the-counter moisturisers and sun protection creams won’t be sufficient. If you want something a little stronger but don’t have the money to spend on clinical treatments, why not try some prescription strength medication to remove face wrinkles. These will produce a noticeable effect but it’s important to remember that they may cause redness and irritation so go for the lowest effective dose if you can.

Botox: This, or its medical equivalents, is injected into the face around problem areas and will have an instant effect. This product works by relaxing the muscles so that wrinkles and fine lines are instantly smoothed out. The effect is only temporary though so the injections will need repeating after six months at the most. A single botox treatment can also cost up to £300 so you need to consider how much you are willing to invest in wrinkle reduction.

Laser Resurfacing: Sometimes referred to as fractional resurfacing, this is a safe and effective method of reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It works by removing layers of damaged skin and stimulating new skin growth, and can vary in power depending on the severity of the wrinkles. Fine lines will usually only require a fairly light setting to produce a noticeable effect. The results of the treatments will be evident for a few months, and your dermatologist will probably recommend regular top-ups ever six months or so.

Dermal Fillers: Like Botox, injectable dermal fillers produce rapid results so they’re perfect if you want smoother looking skin in a hurry. There is also virtually no downtime so again, like Botox, you can have them done during your lunch break and carry on with your daily life virtually unimpeded. They work below the skin’s surface by filling areas that have sagged or developed lines due to aging. There are many different kinds of fillers available so the kind you choose will depend upon the severity of the problem and how permanent you want the results to be.

Chemical Peels: These products are made from combinations of powerful chemcials such as acids and sometimes natural substances. As such, they are not for the faint-hearted and will typically leave the face looking red and raw for a day or so. This is because they are breaking down the outer layers of tissue so the skin can grow back new, healthy tissue in its place. The result will be a younger-looking complexion for fine lines, although patients with deep wrinkles may require multiple treatments.

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