Wrinkled skin is a natural part of the aging process. The condition is exacerbated by sun exposure, stress, smoking and other factors.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and seek shade when outdoors.
  • Pat dry after bathing to allow some moisture to remain in your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin with a product that fits your skin type.
  • Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
  • Get a full night’s sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid excessive stress by exercising, meditating or other forms of relaxing. 
  • Go outdoors without sun protection.
  • Give in to the temptation of tanning.
  • Take long hot showers or baths, which remove essential oils from the skin.
  • Use strong soaps.
  • Smoke.
  • Drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • Come in contact with strong chemicals or toxins.

What you should know

  • The natural aging process generally produces lines and wrinkles.
  • Previously unnoticeable features, such as scars, can become more apparent as wrinkles form around them.
  • Sun damage compounds the wrinkling process. Ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates all the layers of skin, including those that fortify it and lend it resilience.
  • Anti-aging creams and topical products only treat the milder symptoms of wrinkled skin, such as damage to the skin’s uppermost layers.

General questions to ask before the procedure

  1. Is a doctor on site?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
  3. Was my medical history taken?
  4. Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
  5. Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?

Questions to ask the dermatological surgeon 

  1. Which wrinkle procedure is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
  2. What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
  3. How long is one appointment?
  4. How often will I need to receive treatment to remove my wrinkles?
  5. How far apart are the treatments?
  6. What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
  7. How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
  8. Does wrinkle removal hurt?
  9. What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
  10. How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
  11. Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
  12. Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
  13. What are the risks?
  14. What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)