Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles: Knowing the Difference

By dustinheringer on May 29, 2018

A woman's faceIf you want to look young, refreshed, and vibrant, it’s important to consider your many options for cosmetic skin care and facial rejuvenation. Our Scottsdale, AZ practice offers effective facial cosmetic surgery options as well as the latest non-surgical procedures to smooth out your skin and get rid of wrinkles.

Not all wrinkles are the same. Let’s take a moment to compare dynamic wrinkles to static wrinkles. We’ll also offer some skin care tips to help prevent wrinkles and other outward signs of aging.

About Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are only visible when making certain facial expressions. They are the result of muscle contractions in the face. Some examples of dynamic wrinkles include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead frown lines
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Certain lines and folds around the mouth and nose

Non-Surgical Treatment for Dynamic Wrinkles

When treating dynamic wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections ideal option for treatment. BOTOX® injections help stop muscle contractions in the injections sites, resulting in smoother skin and less appearance of dynamic wrinkles. The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment will last for several months, and patients can undergo additional injections to help prolong the anti-wrinkle results.

Surgical Treatment for Dynamic Wrinkles

Given that facial plastic surgery addresses the skin rather than the muscle structures of the face per se, facial plastic surgery tends to be limited in the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. Patient needs can vary, so we will discuss possible facial surgery options during the consultation process.

About Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles are the wrinkles that are visible when the face is at rest. They are caused by reduced collagen production under the skin, the loss of facial fat, advanced age, and loss of skin elasticity. Sun damage, smoking, and other conditions can exacerbate these kinds of wrinkles.

Examples of static wrinkles include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Jowls and sagging cheeks
  • Eyelid wrinkles and sagging
  • Drooping neckline
  • Lines around the lips

Non-Surgical Treatment for Static Wrinkles

There are many skin care procedures that can address static wrinkles, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, and facials. These are excellent for fine lines. Dermal filler injections can also help add volume to the face, causing wrinkles to disappear.

Surgical Treatment for Static Wrinkles

Facial plastic surgery is quite effective at addressing many static wrinkles since the procedures help tighten the skin of the face. Some potential surgical options that are key in anti-aging treatments include:

  • Facelift
  • Brow lift
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • Lower face lift
  • Neck Lift

Plastic surgeons can tailor the procedure to meet the needs of the patient, properly meeting their cosmetic goals.

Tips for Wrinkle Prevention

Whether you have dynamic or static wrinkles, these tips for wrinkle prevention and skin care can be quite helpful for long-term beauty and health:

  • Wear sunblock whenever you are outdoors
  • Wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses outside
  • Use lotion and moisturizers daily
  • Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Use safe makeup and product only

Learn More About Anti-Aging Treatments

For more information about wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation treatments, be sure to contact Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery. We look forward to your visit and discussing these anti-aging matters in greater detail.

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