Wrinkles are creases, ridges or folds in the skin. They usually occur because of damage to the skin from:
- Sun exposure
- Poor hydration
- Genetic predisposition
- Repetitive muscle use, like smiling or frowning
Skin aging is a natural, gradual process, but limiting sun exposure, not smoking and staying hydrated can help to delay it the formation of wrinkles and lines. Treatments are available for aging skin, and include topical creams and surgical procedures.
In the case of sudden skin changes or those in younger patients, doctors may want to take biopsies to rule out serious skin conditions as the cause of wrinkles and lines.
Doctors Who Treat Facial Wrinkles and Lines
Medical spa treatments have sprung up in a wide variety of locations. Procedures are performed by several different technicians including physicians, medical assistants and nurses. Even some dentists have added these treatments to their services.
However, when considering wrinkle or skin treatments, it is important to consult with a highly trained professional who has the most experience and has knowledge of all available therapies and most importantly, the ones most appropriate for you. These providers include:
- Dermatologists: Doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin and its related conditions, including facial wrinkles and lines.
- Plastic surgeons: Doctors who treat aging skin with surgical procedures, including facelifts.
- Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT): Some ENTs perform nonsurgical procedures to treat lines and wrinkles, like Botox and fillers.