Wrinkles are a natural phenomenon that occur when important proteins, called elastin and collagen, break down in the skin. One common place where wrinkles form is the nose, including upper nose bridge wrinkles referred to as "bunny lines" or the wrinkles that run from the nose to the mouth called "nasolabial folds." When it comes to relieving wrinkles on the nose, there are several treatment options available.
Apply an anti-wrinkle cream. Active ingredients in wrinkle creams, such as copper peptide, kinetin, coenzyme Q-10, retinol or hydroxy acids, may protect and renew skin cells, which can help lessen the signs of wrinkles.
Get a chemical peel. During a chemical peel, specialized acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid, are placed on the face. The acid causes the outermost layer of tissue to peel off. Depending how deep your wrinkles are, different strengths of acid can be used to penetrate deeper layers of skin. While basic peels may be done by a cosmetologist, deeper peels require the service of a dermatologist or cosmetic physician. At-home chemical peels may also be used, but will not provide the same wrinkle-fighting effects that a professional peel will.
Talk to your dermatologist about collagen injections. Collagen injections can be human-based or bovine-based. When injected into the nose wrinkle, collagen fills the open space of the wrinkle, forcing the skin to become even with the surrounding tissue. For bovine-based collagen products, an allergy test is often performed to protect against severe allergic reaction. No test is needed for human-based products.
Inject a dermal filler beneath the wrinkle. Like collagen, dermal fillers are injected into the skin by a dermatologist to fill in the space beneath wrinkles, causing the wrinkled skin to plump up and become even with the surrounding tissue. Common dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapetite.
Experiment with botox injections. Botox is one of the most common nonsurgical means of treating wrinkles. During this treatment, the botulinum neurotoxin is injected into the muscles beneath the nose wrinkles by a dermatologist. The toxin blocks an important neurotransmitter needed to contract the muscle called acetylcholine. The muscles relax, causing the skin above the muscle to become smooth, reducing wrinkles.
Chris Sherwood is a professional journalist who after years in the health administration field and writing health and wellness articles turned towards organic sustainable gardening and food education. He now owns and operates an organic-method small farm focusing his research and writing on both organic gardening methods and hydroponics.