Choosing the best wrinkle eraser depends on age, budget and the extent of wrinkles. As skin ages, it becomes less elastic, making wrinkles more prominent. Certain facial areas are more prone to wrinkles, such as the areas around the eyes. Wrinkles in this area are commonly referred to as crow's feet and other wrinkle-prone areas of the face include the upper lip area and the forehead.
A popular type of wrinkle eraser is a tretinoin-based topicl cream that is rubbed into the skin, typically before going to bed. This form of wrinkle eraser is available by prescription only and is generally prescribed by a dermatologist, a medical doctor specializing in conditions and treatments of the skin. Although tretinoin skin creams are effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, they can cause sun sensitivity and predispose the skin to the damaging rays of the sun.
Another type of wrinkle eraser is called a filler. People who have deep or pronounced facial wrinkling might benefit from injection fillers, which plump up the facial area that is prone to wrinkling. A common substance used in a filler injection is collagen, and although most people are able to tolerate filler injections well, some people have local skin reactions, including redness and swelling. Collagen fillers need to be injected every few months, as the results are not permanent.
Those who are seeking more permanent types of wrinkle erasers might opt for cosmetic surgery. Surgical procedures that erase wrinkles include face lifts, however, there are risks involved when undergoing invasive procedures. A face lift can cause substantial swelling, pain, and bruising, and recuperation may take as long as two weeks. In addition, a general anesthetic is used in this procedure, which can cause adverse reactions such as breathing difficulties, nausea and vomiting, and heart irregularities.
Over-the-counter products are available that contain a substance called alpha hydroxy acid. This substance works by exfoliating the skin and removing old skin cells. When dead skin cells are exfoliated, new cells can regenerate, freshening the appearance. These products can also cause local skin reactions such as inflammation, redness and burning. A chemical peel is another type of wrinkle eraser that is done in a dermatologist's office, as is a procedure called microdermabrasion. Both are minor procedures, and recovery time is very minimal. Discomfort and swelling can be relieved by taking a non-prescription pain reliever and applying cool packs to the facial area.