How to Reduce Wrinkles After They've Appeared

Older man with glasses How to Reduce Wrinkles After They've Appeared

Sunscreen, retinoids, and a healthy lifestyle are all part of wrinkle prevention. But what about the wrinkles that have already appeared? Even with a flawless skincare routine, you can’t turn back the clock on aging. However, there are some wrinkle-reducing treatments that may smooth out these facial lines.

How to Reduce Wrinkles

Botox Injections

Botox, which is made of Botulinum toxin, can smooth out the dynamic wrinkles in the face. The injections work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles in that area. So, your dermatologist may recommend Botox injections for moderate to severe wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. You’ll likely need to return to the office for injections every three to four months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can boost your skin’s appearance by restoring facial volume and smoothing out wrinkles. Dermatologists often recommend these injections for wrinkles on the lips, around the mouth, and even on the hands. Fillers can also restore volume in the cheeks, smooth out the jawline, and improve the shape of the nose. As with Botox injections, you’ll need to return for repeat injections to sustain results.

Laser Resurfacing

Lasers are a dermatological superstar that address a variety of conditions. If you’re looking to smooth out facial lines, laser resurfacing can be a wrinkle reducer. Lasers work by stimulating the production of new skin cells and collagen, so you’ll likely notice a reduction in wrinkles in as little as one session. You might also notice an improvement in your skin texture and pigmentation as well, since lasers can target issues like age spots and scarring.

Superficial Peels

Cosmetic services like chemical peels and microdermabrasion are popular wrinkle treatments, especially if you’re dealing with more shallow wrinkles and fine lines. During a chemical peel, your dermatology provider will apply a chemical solution to the skin. The outer layer of your skin will begin to slough off in the days or weeks after treatment. A deeper treatment will cause more skin to peel off.

Microdermabrasion is another type of superficial peel. During this treatment, the dermatologist will use a small instrument to spray or rub fine crystals onto the skin. This removes dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion underneath. Repeating these treatments as recommended will help keep your skin smooth.

Topical Treatments

While in-office wrinkle treatments are often the most effective way to smooth your skin, your dermatologist may recommend some topical products as well. Retinoids in particular can smooth out the skin and prevent the formation of new wrinkles by boosting cell turnover. Your dermatologist may prescribe a retinoid or recommend an over-the-counter brand. Just be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen, since retinoids can make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage.


The right set of skin wrinkle treatments can smooth out your complexion, so you can enjoy radiant skin through the decades. The providers at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are happy to recommend in-office cosmetic treatments to target moderate to severe wrinkles. With offices in Long Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we also offer medical and surgical services to support your skin’s health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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