Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. And while they are typically viewed negatively, they can add character and individuality. The older we get, the more our skin loses its elasticity and vitality, which is what results in wrinkles, lines, and folds. However, most patients want to eliminate these fine lines and wrinkles because they can make the skin look tired and dull. To better treat these wrinkles, it’s important to know there are two primary categories for wrinkles, dynamic and static.
Dynamic wrinkles are a result of repetitive muscle movements or facial expressions. Repetitive motions like frowning, smiling, and squinting cause our facial muscles to contract, causing our skin over those muscle to stretch and accommodate. When we are young, our skin bounces back to its original state, but as we get older, the skin becomes less able to bounce back due to a loss in collagen and elastin. Some dynamic wrinkles can get Botox. Because Botox are muscle-relaxing injectabls, they can temporarily paralyze the source of the movement.
In contrast to dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle movement, hence the name static. These wrinkles start as small dynamic wrinkles and, with time, deepen into a static wrinkle. Outside factors can also affect the rate at which these wrinkles become static, such as prolonged sun exposure and tobacco use. Tear trough lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds are examples of static wrinkles. Because the ultimate culprit for static wrinkles is a loss of volume, dermal fillers are an ideal solution as fillers can be placed directly beneath the fold or wrinkle. Dermal fillers will also help in restoring firmness and youthfulness.
Knowing the difference between these two forms of wrinkles will help you determine the best treatment option for you. Consult your surgeon or a licensed professional to answer any questions you may have.