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Wrinkled Knee Skin

Published August 7, 2013 1:57 PM by Mina Grasso
You spend hours in the gym doing cardio, firming, toning, but what do you see in the mirror as you grab another set of weights? Loose, wrinkled, rippling skin over the tops of your knees. Our skin undergoes several changes as we age. It becomes thinner, drier and less elastic with the collagen breakdown. Wrinkles and loose sagging skin become more apparent with time. What can we do to get that skin to snap back?

Various non-invasive technologies that are well tolerated and require no downtime can help stimulate collagen production and skin tightening. The following are popular options:

Laser Rejuvenation

  • Laser Genesis
  • Coolbreeze/Cooltouch Laser

Radiofrequency - Causes collagen fibers to shorten, contract and tighten

  • Thermage
  • Viora Refit

Alternatives to light and laser procedures that we have incorporated in our practice are micro-needling with dermapen, which can be enhanced with Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP (Vampire Facelift).        

Cosmeceutical and prescription skin care products used on a regular basis that have been proven to be effective to reverse the signs of aging on the face can be used on the knees as well. Prevention with SPF 30-50 containing zinc oxide should be on the top of the list. 

I usually recommend antioxidants, human growth factors and retinoids followed by moisturizers with ingredients that aid the skin in retaining moisture. In some cases, some patients do well with adding hyaluronic acid tissue fillers or a bio-activator such as Sculptra.

Patience is required when treating wrinkled, rippled skin over the knees. It doesn't happen overnight.  It takes about 3 months of "skin fitness" to see any improvement.

posted by Mina Grasso

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