Wrinkle treatments and products are certainly two of the most popular topics when it comes to cosmetic treatments for a better version of ourselves. This is true for both men and women. In fact, alongside a forty percent rise in wrinkle treatments over the past year, up to one in five patients that come to Dr Nina to look younger are actually men.
Men’s skin is significantly different from women. Male hormones (i.e. testosterone), cause an increase in skin thickness, which means that men usually get fewer fine lines than women. However, men tend to be more prone to deep wrinkles due to repeated facial expressions. Men’s skin also starts showing signs of ageing later, compared to women, but once they start they occur more quickly.
Since ageing skin is such a common issue, it’s no surprise that the market today is overflowed with wrinkle treatments and products that promise to make you look years younger in no time.
So how do you go about finding the best wrinkle treatments and products that really work for your skin, without having to spend too much time and money in the process?
As always, your first step toward starting a serious skin care for mature skin should always be booking an initial consultation. This will enable Dr Nina (and yourself) to get a deeper understanding of your skin and prescribe a course of treatment that is 100% bespoke, hence 100% effective. By skipping this vital step, you may find it very difficult to see real results and might end up wasting a lot of money buying the wrong wrinkle treatments and/or products.
Before we dive into the best treatments and products for wrinkles, let’s take a closer look at what causes wrinkles and other commonly asked questions.
Genetics play a role in the ageing process, but many external factors can also affect the development of wrinkles, including sun exposure, smoking, dehydration, certain medications etc. Facial expressions, such as smiling, frowning, or squinting, also lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles at a young age. These lines deepen as the person gets older and the production of collagen decreases, causing the skin to become thinner, drier, and less elastic.
A regular skin care regimen that includes, at the bare minumum, a good cleanser, a serum, a SPF moisturiser for the day and one hydrating one for the night. Choosing the right products and ingredients and be consistent with applying them are the most important first steps to fight wrinkles.
Medical-grade skincare products, often combined with a bespoke treatment plan based on your skin type. These products differ from over-the-counter products because they contain ingredients that are capable of penetrating below the top layers of the skin. While medical-grade skin care products may be slightly pricier than over-the-counter products, they have been developed to a higher standard with quality ingredients so you can be sure that they will provide effective results.
Some of the most effective active ingredients used in the best anti-wrinkle products are:
– Retinoids, such as retinol and retinoic acid, which help repair sun-damaged skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
– Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a potent antioxidant.
– Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including glycolic, citric and lactic acid, which remove dead skin cells and stimulates the growth of smooth new skin.
– Niacinamide, another potent antioxidant that helps reduce water loss in the skin, improving skin elasticity.
Face serums! This is because the molecules of active ingredients contained in serums are able to penetrate the skin on the deepest level, similar to medical-grade skin care products, while moisturisers tend to deliver their effects more on the top layers. Also, due to the higher concentration, serums typically take a shorter amount of time to see visible results compared to creams and lotions.
The Most Popular Wrinkle Treatments and Products
At our clinics, Dr Nina offers a variety of treatment options to target unwanted wrinkles. Usually, the most effective non-surgical wrinkle treatments involve a combination of injectables. The most popular ones can be broken down into two major categories:
- Wrinkle Treatments With Botulinum Toxin Type A
- Injectable Dermal Fillers
With no preparation or downtime required, you can squeeze one of these treatments in your lunch break and go back to your daily activities almost immediately after.
Following the initial skin consultation, Dr Nina will be able to prescribe the most appropriate treatment plan based on your skin type and desired results. Treatment plans may involve single or multiple cosmetic procedures, the use of specific products, or – most commonly – a combination of both wrinkle treatments and products.
So let’s have a closer look at the best wrinkle treatments and products recommended by Dr Nina.
The Best Treatments to Fight Wrinkles
Non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are Dr. Nina’s specialty, as she is most passionate about enhancing her patients’ innate beauty rather than changing their look completely. Her philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she loves to make subtle aesthetic tweaks that lead to excellent, yet natural, results.
The most popular anti-wrinkle procedures she performs regularly at her London Facial Sculpting clinics are:
- Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections
- Injectable Dermal Fillers
Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections
One of the most popular options for both men and women is certainly the wrinkle treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A, a simple yet highly effective procedure.
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which blocks the electrical impulses that make the facial muscles contract. When injected as a cosmetic ingredient into your facial muscles, it works by temporarily blocking signals from your nervous system that tell certain muscles to move. Blocking this signal will cause your muscles to stop making the same contractions over and over, hence minimising and even preventing the appearance of wrinkles.
Wrinkle treatment with botulinum toxin is a minimally invasive procedure, simple and straightforward. It does not involve surgery or general anaesthesia and has minimal downtime.
The effects usually last three to four months, but they can last up to six months, depending on the person’s metabolism and lifestyle.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances (such as Hyaluronic Acid) that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, or enhance facial contours.
There are many different types of filler treatments. At Facial Sculpting, we use only the best quality products approved in the UK. These include Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Ellanse, all extremely safe temporary fillers. Ellanse and Radiesse also act as collagen stimulators, adding more volume and definition.
To inject fillers under the skin, Dr Nina uses Pediatric 32 gauge needles, the smallest needles available on the market, which cause minimal pain.
While botulinum works by temporarily paralyzing muscles, creating less movement that typically causes expression lines mostly in your forehead or around your eyes, fillers, on the other hand, are best for deep lines that are present even when facial muscles are not contracting. They help restore plumpness that tends to diminish with aging, due to the fact that our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat and collagen as we age.
Results of injectable dermal fillers can last up to 6-12 months, sometimes longer, depending on how fast your metabolism works.
Anyone who has signs of skin ageing and is suitable for dermal filler treatment is also suitable for treatment with Profhilo.
Profhilo is made of stabilised injectable hyaluronic acid, free of any chemical cross-linking agents, and is indicated for the treatment of tissue remodeling and skin laxity. The key to Profhilo’s popularity is a unique structure and balance of scientific properties, including a high cohesivity, that allow the product to flow freely through the subcutaneous tissue and the dermis, in a way that traditional hyaluronic acid fillers cannot.
Profhilo is used to treat mainly the face and neck areas, but it can work for hands and chest as well. It provides hydration, luminosity, sparkle, firmness, and strength to the skin with a very potent anti-ageing effect lasting up to six months.
Two treatments are recommended four weeks apart, with a follow-up appointment at week eight, to be repeated twice a year for optimal results.
The Best Wrinkle Products for Ageing Skin
After looking at the most popular cosmetic procedures for your face, let’s have a look at the best products to fight wrinkles.
As mentioned above, medical-grade skin care products can be prescribed by your dermatologist as a standalone treatment or to complement another wrinkle treatment. Again, an initial consultation is necessary to be able for Dr Nina to assess your skin and prescribe the right products.
But what if you are not ready to try mediacal-grade skincare, or any other cosmetic treatments (yet)?
The good news is that today, thanks to the latest advancements in technology and research, skin care products that target wrinkles have become incredibly effective. And among all products, face serums are the best at doing what they claim to do.
Face Serum: Best Product for Ageing Skin
Because of their highly-concentrated formulas, face serums are packed with active ingredients that have the unique ability to penetrate deeply into the cellular level of the skin. And, since they are designed to absorb quickly, serums typically deliver visible results in a shorter period of time compared to regular face creams and moisturisers.
After more than 12 years of experience looking after the cosmetic needs of thousands of patients at her Facial Sculpting clinic in London, Dr Nina realised that each and every one of them shares a common goal: to achieve their best skin. This is how the idea of launching her own skin care line, Dr Nina Skin, was born.
Today, Dr Nina is proud to announce the launch of her debut product, the Face Sculpt Serum. This new high-performance serum is over two years in the making and is the must-have skin care product to help you achieve your best skin yet.
The formula of Dr Nina’s Face Sculpt Serum has been specifically designed for most skin types to achieve immediate glowing skin. In fact, after two weeks of use, 75%* of the testers reported younger-looking, glowing skin.
Plus all of the ingredients are guaranteed:
- Cruelty-free and not tested on animals
- 100% Vegan and Natural Ingredients
- Ethically Sourced Extract
Your skin is constantly undergoing change, triggered from within and by external factors. It is constantly reacting to everything; from the passing of time, to your lifestyle choices and the environment around you. Wrinkles are part of everyone’s experience of ageing, but thanks to the latest advancements in research and technology, today you can find a variety of treatments and products to effectively fight wrinkles and signs of ageing skin.
Remember, an initial consultation with a professional such as Dr Nina Bal is always recommended. In the meantime, make sure you start by incorporating a good face serum into your skin vare regimen, such as the new Dr Nina’s Face Sculpt Serum.