Need some advice on treatments which claim to reduce skin wrinkles.

David Wright wright at nospam.clam
Tue Jul 29 17:50:08 EST 1997


In article <5rjm8n$gm8$1 at penguin.doc.ic.ac.uk>,
Alex Hunter <none at ic.ac.uk> wrote:
>Hi, I was wondering if anyone could advise on the safety and efficacy
>of treatments which reduce skin wrinkles. I have heard of 4 different
>methods:
>
>1. Retinova/Renova cream, which can reduce fine wrinkles only.

Does work, can cause skin irritation, and you have to keep using it.

>2. Another cream which can reverse the effects of sun damage (can't
>remember the name of this one).

Hard to respond to this one.  There are other chemicals that can make
your skin appear softer or fuller, but again, their effects are
usually temporary.

>3. Chemical face peels.
>
>4. Some kind of laser treatment.
>
>Do any of these have possible adverse side-effects?

Oh, yeah.

They basically are a controlled burning of the skin.  When the skin
regenerates, it will, we hope, look smoother and be softer and have
fewer wrinkles. 

But this can go wrong.  You can wind up looking like a burn victim
(which you, in effect, are).  Not that this is the typical result, but
even if the treatment is successful, it can take a long time (a year)
for the burn to heal.

>And how can I make
>sure they are done by someone who is properly trained in the UK?

Can't help you on that one.

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