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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Will gaining weight make facial wrinkles caused by rapid weight loss go away?

See below: You will gain weight in your face, which may make the wrinkles less noticeable. However, that is not a reason to gain weight. Being overweight and obese can have more serious complications than wrinkles. ...Read more

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Can forehead wrinkes result from losing weight in your face?

Can forehead wrinkes result from losing weight in your face?

Not directly: Forehead winkles come from the muscles that raise and lower your eyebrows. With aging, the wrinkles become more permanently ingrained in the skin from years of muscle contraction. Horizontal lines above and vertical lines between the brows become deeper with age but usually not from weight loss. Botox reduces these wrinkles by weakening muscle contraction to smooth the overlying skin. ...Read more

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What can be done for deep face wrinkles caused from sun damage? I am using creams now. Could a dermatologist do more?

What can be done for deep face wrinkles caused from sun damage? I am using creams now. Could a dermatologist do more?

Definitely yes: A doctor with an interest in skin care can provide you with much more powerful products to help reverse sun damage. There are many non-invasive ways to improve the health of your skin and reduce wrinkles including chemical peels, laser and ipl treatments, skin tightening procedures, neuromodulators like Botox and injectable fillers. ...Read more

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Do hot humid days help prevent facial wrinkles?

Do hot humid days help prevent facial wrinkles?

Not directly: A hot humid day might cause you to say indoors, and thus avoid sun exposure. Sun damage contributes significantly to skin aging. So, indirectly this would help prevent facial wrinkles. Keeping the skin well hydrated helps minimize wrinkles. Therefore the high humidity can be of some help. The best prevention is probably to use good sun care (sunscreens, hats, topical antioxidants, etc). ...Read more

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What will really work on facial wrinkles?

What will really work on facial wrinkles?

Prevention important: Most important is prevention of wrinkles from occurring; clean, moisturize, limit sun exposure over a lifetime, particular during youth (loss of elastic tissue). Smoking? Can c wrinkles across room. Various retinols. A whole bunch of products promise a lot, deliver a little. Botox, yes, but must redo repeatedly. Dermatologist will pitch their products, but go anyway to learn approach for life. ...Read more

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What really works on facial wrinkles at 50?

What really works on facial wrinkles at 50?

Wrinkles: Resurfacing procedures like lasers and chemical peels may help. And injectables like fillers and neurotoxins are another option. ...Read more

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What is used to "fill-in" facial wrinkles?

What is used to "fill-in" facial wrinkles?

Fillers or fat: Fillers - juvederm, voluma, radiesse, restylane, (dermal fillers) Perlane are used to fill in the tissue underneath wrinkles to erase them. Fat injections can be done in the operating room to fill definciencies of fat and stretch/fill out the overlying wrinkled skin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: facial wrinkles?

What is the definition or description of: facial wrinkles?

Small ridge or furro: A facial wrinkle is a small ridge or furrow in the skin caused by age, sun damage, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, and repetitive use of certain facial muscles (frown lines, smile lines, crows feet). To minimize wrinkles, eat well, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep, wear sunscreen daily, wear sunglasses in bright light, and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Are there OTC products that help reduce appearance of facial wrinkles? Please help. 56 y/o white female. Cannot afford dr procedures.

Are there OTC products that help reduce appearance of facial wrinkles? Please help. 56 y/o white female. Cannot afford dr procedures.

Wrinkle reduction: There are two types of products that can be helpful with wrinkle reduction, Alpha hydroxy acid creams/lotions and retinols. These are not as strong as prescription medications but do have some benefit in improving wrinkles. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen also helps prevent new wrinkles from forming. ...Read more

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A friend told me that if you laugh too much or more often you develop facial wrinkles?

A friend told me that if you laugh too much or more often you develop facial wrinkles?

Laugh lines: All repetitive facial movements, including chewing, can cause wrinkles. Much depends on genetics and sun exposure though, more than facial expression.
Keep laughing, it's worth a few lines to enjoy life! ...Read more

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Why would someone get a midface lift if it does not get rid of facial wrinkles?

Why would someone get a midface lift if it does not get rid of facial wrinkles?

Midface lift: Nidface lift is designed to correct the sagginess of the midace skin and soft tissues, thus some of the wrinkles will be removed but most of the wrinkles and especially the fine ones need to be addressed by other modalities of treatment such as chemical peels, laser peels, dermabrasions and skin care, ...Read more

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Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Not for wrinkles: The current recommendations are to use hormone replacement therapy for moderate to severe perimenopausal symptoms. Wrinkles (or fear of wrinkles) do not fall into that category. ...Read more

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I'm 57 yrs old and have developed a lot of facial wrinkles especially in the cheeks' like a hatching. I have a thin face and an obese body. Pls advi?

Facial wrinkles: Facial wrinkles form due to sun damage and volume loss in the soft tissues and bones of the face, so the skin is losing its support structure. Smoking and pollution can also increase wrinkling. Dermal fillers can help add volume and laser resurfacing can help tighten and smooth the skin. Sun protection is a must on a daily basis. Please consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can retin-a be used every day for my facial wrinkles? I'm considering using retin-a cream to reduce the deep wrinkles on my forehead and cheeks. Will it lessen the appearance of my wrinkles if I only use it weekly? If I use this for years to come, is it s

RetinA Helps Lines: Retin a (tretinoin) used regularly is one of many things that will help improve the health, and subsequently, the appearance of the skin of the face. It can be used every day, as long as it is not causing irritation or redness. ...Read more

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Other than retin-a, what other topical therapies are evidence based for treating facial wrinkles and/or aging in general?

Other than retin-a, what other topical therapies are evidence based for treating facial wrinkles and/or aging in general?

Creams: Bioidentical hormones can be compounded into creams and are an effective way to improve skin tone. Consider consulting with a physician with specific training in bioidentical hormones. Search A4M.com for a physician in your city ...Read more

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How often would I need botox injections for facial wrinkles? I've read that botox is not dangerous, but I'm nervous about having a toxin injected into my face regularly. If there are complications, are they due to the amount or frequency of treatments? Wh

~4 months: It varies on male and female and the number of units injected but Botox on average will last about 120 days. The amount of Botox on average injected into a face is ~40 units, amount to cause paralysis of the body ~3, 000. Some complications can occur, can discuss with your provider-depends on where it is injected. ...Read more

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Can surgery get rid of my facial wrinkles? I have used creams and botox to make my facial wrinkles less noticeable, but I still look older than my age. What kind of plastic surgery is best for reducing wrinkles?

Can surgery get rid of my facial wrinkles? I have used creams and botox to make my facial wrinkles less noticeable, but I still look older than my age. What kind of plastic surgery is best for reducing wrinkles?

Get to an expert!: One are the advantages of having your Botox and fillers done by a plastic surgeon is that you can be evaluated for other noninvasive or invasive procedures while assessing your response to Botox and fillers. Multiple minor procedures can be combined to give a good effect. However, the key is having someone who knows your goals, how aggressive you want to be, and of course, your budget! Good luck. ...Read more

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How to remove my face wrinkles?

How to remove my face wrinkles?

See plastic surgeon: In majority of cases to get rid of the wrinkled you need to have a plastic surgery done, but you can have either Botox inj done or a newer approach which recently incorporated in my practice called prp or "vampire face lift", where your blood gets spinned and separated and then plasma gets injected into wrinkles. Very effective procedure. ...Read more

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Dear dr I got badly wrinkles on face n body in young age. Pls advice me what to do.

Dear dr I got badly wrinkles on face n body in young age. Pls advice me what to do.

First see your derm: There are many different treatments available depending on the kinds of wrinkles or sun damage you may have including lasers, fillers, peels ...Read more

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Dector I want to be tips for me I have face wrinkles and I want face cheek fat so I need ur help please give suggation to me?

Dector I want to be tips for me I have face wrinkles and I want face cheek fat so I need ur help please give suggation to me?

At 24 you probably: Don't have a lot of wrinkles but if you are very thin you can put fillers like your own fat into your face. My best suggestion is to make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss your options ...Read more

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How to treat the face wrinkles. What are the most recommended medicines.?

How to treat the face wrinkles. What are the most recommended medicines.?

Skin: You are twenty. These are not aged skin damage. They are your skin set in place by your genetics. I am a bit shocked that someone so young would be spending even a minute worrying about this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the types and invasiveness of chemical peels to reduce face wrinkles?

Facial peels: Phenol and buffered phenol peels are the strongest/deepest, and can permanently lighten skin or leave a line between treated/untreated, but remove wrinkles the best--comparable to laser resurfacing. Takes 1-2 weeks to heal; pink longer. Tca (trichloroacetic acid) peels are lighter and come in varying strengths. Obagi blue peel is a tca peel. 1 week to heal. Less improvement but still nice changes. ...Read more

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Do you recommend to use a face cream with matrixyl? Does this really works with face wrinkles?

Do you recommend to use a face cream with matrixyl? Does this really works with face wrinkles?

Sounds promising: Not sure if it claims to do what it does. Need to look at the research. What does work for wrinkles is retin a (tretinoin) product. ...Read more

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Why is tretinoin so pricey & is there a less expensive alternative for mild wrinkles on face?

It's a prescription: The reason tretinoin is pricey is that it is a prescription and it is very effective. There is a non-prescription alternative compound called retinol. It is not as strong or effective, but still works and may be found in over-the-counter face creams. ...Read more

Facial Wrinkles (Definition)

A facial wrinkle is a small ridge or furrow in the skin caused by age, sun damage, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, and repetitive use of certain facial muscles (frown lines, smile lines, crows feet). To minimize wrinkles, eat well, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep, wear sunscreen daily, wear sunglasses in bright ...Read more