5 Deep Wrinkle Treatments That Actually Work

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While creams and over-the-counter treatments can be helpful for prevention and for treating fine lines, deep wrinkles need more serious attention. Even the expensive creams won't make a lasting difference on wrinkles. Instead, you need professional intervention.

The best wrinkle erasers are found in your cosmetic surgeon or your dermatologist's office. These include lasers, chemical peels, Botox and fillers.

 

A Facelift or Eyelift

While facelifts used to be a hidden secret, more and more women are going this route. The secret to a good facelift is in the doctor. You never want to scrimp and save when it comes to your face. Ask for recommendations, go in for a consultation and arm yourself with knowledge before you go under the knife.

The lift you get tends to be permanent, so in the end, the hefty price tag ends up being less than you'd spend on 20 years of regular Botox and fillers.

Botox

Botox works by targeting and "freezing" muscles that cause wrinkles and runs about $300-$500 per treated area and lasts three to six months. You can fix lines between the eyes and diminish smile lines along the eyes with Botox.

Too much Botox and you can be left with an over-arched eyelid or a frozen forehead. Also, the results are short-lived, especially since you will need to keep up the treatment for 30 years!

Chemical Peels

Ever notice how your foundation looks when it's applied to scaly, dry skin? It makes you look older and more drawn. You can shave a few years off your face in under an hour with a professional chemical peel. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged top layers of skin while helping increase cell turnover at a deep level.

You can book a light peel or sign up for a series of them.

A mild, glycolic acid chemical peel will set you back $150-$300, but you can get similar results in just one month with over-the-counter peels.

Injectables

Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Juvederm Ultra Plus (for deeper lines) work by replacing the fat loss as you age. These are best used in the lines that run from your nose to your chin (called the "nasolabial folds") and to puff up the fat loss in the cheeks. 

Procedures must be done by a professional and the cost is $600-$1,000 per needle. Results can last up to six months.

Lasers

As we age, collagen production slows down significantly making our faces appear thinner and more gaunt.

Lasers such as Fraxel—currently the most popular laser on the market—are able to penetrate deep within the skin to treat damaged skin and boost collagen production.

Non-ablative lasers work by fixing age spots, bumps on the skin, scars and uneven skin tone. You may experience redness afterward, but this usually recedes within a few hours.

Cost is about $1,000 a session. Like most laser therapies, you'll need three to five sessions spaced about a month apart.