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Can Retin-A Give a Facelift Effect if Used Long Term?

Does Retin-A have a Facelift effect if used long term? Does Retin-A improve skin collagen production?

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Great question!


I wish more people were so pro-active to aging. If ,as a teen, you stay out of the sun, never go in a tannings bed, never smoke, use a braod spectrum sunscreen daily and use a prescription retinoid like Retin A or Tazorac/Avage, you will have spectacular skin that will stay very smooth and blemish free. Collagen will also not be broken down as quickly and new collagen will be stimulated. All these things can translate to never needing a facelift. It also helps to have high cheekbones and a strong jawline and chin and great teeth to hold up the face over time.

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Retin A Changes are Subtle


The changes in Retin A are subtle and would not produce a "face lift" like effect.  Studies have shown that use over 6 months can increase collagen production which can help to diminish fine lines. 

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