News | Published November 27, 2012 | Written by Emily Peterson, MD, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Minimize the signs of facial aging: Steps to incorporate into your everyday routine as well as options for long-term benefits

Eating right, using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and quitting smoking are great ways to begin the fight against facial aging and have many other health benefits as well. These efforts can offer great results for years to come.

But if you find that this isn't enough, there are many options. Your daily routine should include a facial cleanser that isn't too drying, as well as a moisturizer. Topical treatments containing alpha hydroxy acids and retinols can help improve the appearance of fine wrinkles. Topical antioxidants such as vitamin C can help correct pigmentation problems as well as stimulate collagen production.

If your daily routine isn't doing the trick, consider microdermabrasion, which can help improve skin texture, or a chemical peel, which can help promote collagen production, diminish pigmentation and generally brighten your appearance.

Deep lines and wrinkles often require more aggressive treatment. Plastic surgeons can administer injectable products that relax muscles underneath wrinkles, making the skin look smoother, or administer injectable fillers that help plump the area under wrinkles, making them less noticeable. Other products can be used to promote collagen production and fill out wrinkles. Results last for months to years, depending on the treatment.

For long lasting improvement in facial aging, surgery may be the best answer. A face and neck lift can help remove wrinkles as well as redefine the jawline. Eyelid surgery can help the appearance of tired, aging eyes.

For more information on facial skin care, visit cosmetic.mountnittany.org.

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