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How can wrinkle creams produce immediate results?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Some wrinkle creams decrease wrinkles by causing skin swelling. Any drug that promises immediate results achieves them by causing swelling. The swelling temporarily decreases wrinkles. While this may sound fine, I worry about long-term use of these drugs. Because swelling stretches the skin, repeated use can actually cause wrinkles and extra skin. The result is similar to the medical condition known as blepharochalasia, where allergies cause eyelid skin to swell repeatedly. The skin stretches and eventually needs to be removed.

Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

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Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

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