For more on this topic, please also see our page on aging skin, here.
We offer treatments for wrinkles and lines at our Surrey skin care clinic (near Vancouver). These include:
- Wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers (cosmetic injectables).
- Laser resurfacing, rejuvenation and photofacial treatments.
- Radio-frequency skin tightening (such as with the Infini™ RF microneedling device).
- Chemical peels and facials (like the HydraFacial™, carbon peel or microdermabrasion sessions).
- Cosmeceuticals and prescriptions.
The treatment that’s right for you will be best decided after an initial consultation at our clinic. We’ll take a closer look at your case, and learn about your goals and health history. From there, our doctor, or a qualified cosmetician, can make informed recommendations.
Our consultations can be very educational: people can be surprised after sitting down with us. What they thought they wanted is actually not the right solution for them. We prevent wasted time and effort, and get straight to the solution, by taking this first step. We encourage you to book today!
We service clients from around the Lower Mainland including Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Aldergrove, Langley, Delta (Tsawwassen and Ladner), Richmond, Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities, and even as far as Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Whistler and Bellingham in the USA.
What solutions do you offer for wrinkles and lines in Surrey?
At our laser and skin care clinic, we offer a large variety of wrinkle prevention and treatment options. These can include:
Wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers
These are injectable solutions for smoothing wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxers like Botox® are made to neutralize your muscles, so that wrinkles don’t show through your skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers, on the other hand, act as volumizers, to lift your skin where crevices have formed. Other dermal fillers work by not only volumizing, but by building your body’s own collagen over time. This decreases wrinkling even further.
Most injectable solutions are temporary, and need to be reapplied every few months. Though, some can last up to a year, or even 5 years, in the longest case-scenario.
Regardless of the ingredients in the injectables, they must be handled by a trained and qualified practitioner, for your safety. At our clinic, only doctors do injecting.
Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation treatments
By removing thin, top layers of your skin with laser energy, we can induce cell regeneration, so it happens more quickly. This creates new skin, literally, for a smoother appearance.
These types of treatments can be intense or mild. Sometimes we can even use a single laser at different settings. Of course, the deeper the treatment, the more downtime may be involved. On the flip side, deeper sessions also achieve more in less time. This is opposed to requiring a series of treatments, scheduled several weeks apart.
Each skin resurfacing case will require a consultation to determine the most suitable laser for reducing lines and wrinkles. We carry a range of lasers, which perform at different levels, and in different ways. This way, we can better target your problem areas, or provide a mix of solutions.
For example, our CO2 laser treatments are an intense way to renew your skin. The Fraxel® DUAL laser can also help with complexion while ‘hacking away’ at wrinkles. Something like the Nd:Yag laser on the excel® V can aid in skin tightening, which may be your root problem.
We also have lasers for photofacials and laser peels. These are milder forms of laser rejuvenation, to provide milder effects. They can be used for maintenance facials, too.
Radiofrequency skin tightening and wrinkle treatments
Some cosmetic tools at our clinic use radio-frequency energy, as opposed to laser light energy. They have specific uses, but they are especially good at skin tightening. While skin tightening can be considered more of a sagging skin solution, it can have the additional effect of wrinkle reduction. This is because it reduces the folds that laxity creates in the first place.
Our radio-frequency skin-tightening solutions include:
- Infini™ RF Microneedling (this works by poking small, heated needles into the skin, to stimulate collagen).
- ThermiRF® (this comes with multiple handpiece options for different treatments, with more control and precision capabilities).
Chemical peels and facials
In addition to laser peels or photofacials with light-based technologies, we also offer chemical and mechanical forms of exfoliation. These are not always milder, however. Rather, like lasers, they can come in a range of intensities (some chemical peels can penetrate deeper than laser treatments, believe it or not).
Most of the time, however, we recommend milder versions of these solutions for monthly maintenance. This can keep your skin ‘fresh,’ which can help with your overall ‘glow.’ They won’t give you dramatic wrinkle reversals, but they can be healthy for your skin. This way, you can fight wrinkles more easily with ‘bigger’ treatments, and preventative care.
A regular, professional routine using spa-grade products and tools can help exfoliate skin much better than at-home solutions.
Options for wrinkle maintenance at our skin clinic include:
Cosmeceuticals and prescription skin creams
Whether as a standalone treatment, or for preparation and maintenance after a laser treatment, we may recommend topical solutions for your wrinkles and lines. These can be considered ‘wrinkle therapy.’ They work best when used diligently, day-after-day.
Cosmeceuticals contain strong, effective and researched ingredients to fight signs of aging. Prescriptions are a ‘step above,’ and contain more potent doses of these same types of ingredients. Our clinic is led by a doctor, who is licensed to write prescriptions, if you need them.
Common ingredients we may recommend for wrinkles, include:
- Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives, such as Tretinoin in Retin-A, or milder retinol options)
- Growth factors and peptides
- Ascorbic acid (a derivative of vitamin C)
- Tocopheryl acetate and tocopheryl linoleate (derivatives of vitamin E)
Plus other plant extracts, moisturizers and hydrators to go along with the above ingredients, for a ‘balanced’ treatment.
What causes wrinkles and lines? Can they be prevented?
A wrinkle is basically a fold, ridge or crease in the skin. Wrinkles naturally form as we age. Our cells slow down their reproduction timelines, which affects how much of them we have. This problem is multiplied by the fact that external damage, such as from UV exposure, ruins the cells we already have. See our article on free radical damage for more information on how this works.
Generally, the wrinkling process starts in our 20s, when our skin becomes less elastic, weaker and thinner. It produces less collagen and elastin, thanks to fewer fibroblasts, which are responsible for signalling these ‘building blocks’ of our dermal layers. A loss of hyaluronic acid creates dehydration in the skin (primarily from not being able to hold onto water). This leads to the appearance of wrinkles because, without water, skin doesn’t ‘plump’ as much. To make matters worse, we start to lose fat and muscle, which is what gives our face its ‘lift’ and ‘shape.’
There are different types of wrinkles, and they form in different ways. These can be categorized into the following:
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When we make facial expressions, or squish our face onto our pillow at night, we consistently create folds and creases in the skin. As we lose elastin – that ‘bounce back’ factor – the remnants of our expressions become more and more ‘fixed’ in place. This is when we see:
- Parallel, horizontal forehead lines.
- Glabellar lines (vertical frown lines between the eyebrows).
- Crows feet around the corner of the eyes.
- Bunny lines on the bridge of the nose.
- Nasolabial lines (from the nose to the mouth) and marionette laugh lines (around the corners of the mouth).
- Lip lines (vertical lines from kiss-faces and pursed lips).
These can be considered ‘fine lines,’ especially when they are in their early stages of development.
When you combine repeated facial expressions with cell damage, either from long-term gravity, genetics (age), sun damage, smoking or other lifestyle habits, you get much coarser wrinkles. The above types of creases get more dramatic, and we would call them full-on wrinkles rather than mere, ‘fine lines.’
In this group, we often also see the addition of:
- Cheek wrinkles
- Jowl lines (on the sides of the chin)
- Dimples (on the chin, also called a mental crease)
- Neck bands (lines, creases)
Folds and grooves
As we mature in age, the wrinkles combine with sagging skin to produce folds in the skin. Fat layers and muscles under the skin start to shrink, causing a loss of internal volume, which then gives less for the skin to ‘hang on’ to. Gravity plays a part on the skin by pulling it downward, causing wrinkles.
We write more about sagging skin here.
These types of wrinkles are usually:
- Marionette folds
- Nasolabial folds
- Neck folds
But they can include droopy eyebrows or eyelids, and more.
Are wrinkles preventable?
We can’t prevent all wrinkles, but we can practice healthy habits to keep them at bay as much as possible. That includes:
- Wearing a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen (and reapplying every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, or near windows).
- Eating healthy.
- Changing habits that lead to wrinkles, such as facial expressions or sleeping on your side.
- Using wrinkle-fighting cosmeceuticals as part of a daily routine.
- Getting regular spa-grade maintenance facials.
- Opting for injectable solutions to prevent repeated facial animations, such as Botox®.
- Opting for procedural skin resurfacing, mentioned above, as treatments for wrinkles in Surrey.
What is the cost of treating wrinkles and lines at your clinic?
Since every person’s case will be unique, we will need to see you in person during a consultation, to be able to say more about the price of wrinkle treatments for you. It is not that our prices are arbitrary (you can see many published prices on our website). It is that the number of treatments, the intensity of treatments, or the variety of tools and ingredients we need to use, will change from person-to-person. Since our recommendations are tailored to each person we consult with, the end-costs can be different. That said, our customized approach also gives clients the potential for better treatment outcomes.
Being that we have so many tools and options at our disposal, we can offer the perfect ‘blend’ of solutions for your wrinkles and lines. Not all clinics have as many lasers as we do, nor the training for certain injectables or treatments. By using what a person needs, and not a one-size-fits-all solution, we can target problem areas more easily.
We make it our goal to bring on the most popular, most effective treatments we can find on the market.
With all that said, we can say that some creams can cost under $100. And some laser sessions can cost upwards of $2000. So, it is really hard to give a close price without seeing you in person, first.
To get started with treatments for wrinkles and lines, we encourage you to book a consultation. We’ll be able to get to know you better, and make recommendations from there.
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.