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“We have new ways to address wrinkled skin,” observes Dr. Suzanne Friedler, a dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, “including new minimally invasive procedures and new bio-identical ingredients that make the dermatologist’s office a site for discovering younger skin.”
“Two key reasons our skin develops wrinkles,” explains Dr. Friedler, “are due to repeated facial movements like smiling and frowning, which cause ‘dynamic’ wrinkles as our skin is pulled by muscles. Also, our skin’s underlying framework gradually breaks down, creating furrows that our skin settles into. Today’s anti-wrinkle innovations can address both – and, in some cases, can be combined to maximize results.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients have overwhelmingly elected wrinkle treatments, with the 2017 combined total of botox-type injections, skin fillers and laser treatments coming in at 10.5 million. Five years earlier, that combined total stood at 8.6 million.
“With ‘botox,’ we’ve seen ongoing effectiveness and patient satisfaction,” notes Dr. Friedler. “And fillers have come a long way in terms of ingredients and our ability to provide a tailored approach. Also, we’re better able to use lasers to rejuvenate older skin.”
Price tags, according to the ASPS, can run from under $200 for specialized facials into the thousands for more involved treatments, like lasers. “Important considerations also include recovery time and whether touch-ups are needed,” notes Dr. Friedler. “Today’s patients can craft an approach suited to their desires, lifestyles, and pocketbooks.”
To help prospective patients with the choices, Dr. Friedler offers the following suggestions:
5 Tips on Choosing the Best Wrinkle Treatment for You
Suzanne J. Friedler, M.D. F.A.A.D., is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, with expertise in many areas of medical and cosmetic dermatology. She has been with Advanced Dermatology PC since 2002.
Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. advanceddermatologypc.com.