When you look at the wrinkles appearing on your face, they may look all the same to you, and chances are you don’t like them one bit. However, there is more than one type of wrinkle out there, and at some point, we all get some of each kind. The two major types of wrinkles are known as “dynamic” and “static wrinkles”, and the big difference between them is what their root causes are. Unfortunately, because they form in different ways, they must be tackled using different approaches and treatments.
So what is the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles, and how can you reduce their severity?
Dynamic wrinkles are the furrows in the face that occur over the years from the repetitive motions we use to express emotions, such as smiling, laughing, frowning, and puckering the lips. While these wrinkles are caused by facial movements, it doesn’t really work to try to limit your expressions to prevent dynamic wrinkles, so don’t be stony-faced for the sake of youth!
Where They Appear
Dynamic wrinkles appear in high-movement areas, such as between the eyebrows, at the corners of the eyes, across the forehead, and around the lips.
Botox® and Dysport are two well-known treatments for dynamic wrinkles, and they’re currently among the most popular treatments in the country. They are injectable treatments that work by limiting the movements of facial muscles to ease wrinkles on a temporary basis. Treatments last about 3-4 months, and require no downtime.
Static wrinkles are the result of volume and collagen loss in the face that comes with aging. Production of collagen, an essential connective protein that builds the framework of the skin, starts to slow down during middle age, and existing collagen starts to break down. Since collagen is responsible for the skin’s support and elasticity, folds and furrows are created as volume and collagen disappear, and gravity begins to take its toll.
Where They Appear
Static wrinkles can appear nearly anywhere on the face, and are present regardless of facial movement. Many people have deep furrows between the nose and cheeks, an area that is often of great concern for people worried about the effects of aging.
The most common treatment for static wrinkles is a range of soft tissue fillers, which have a variety of specific purposes. There are many different brands, some aimed specifically at addressing volume loss, lip aging, and other issues. Like Botox® and Dysport, they are simple injections, require no downtime and work only temporarily. Fillers typically last about 8 months to 2 years on average, depending on the formula and where the filler is placed.
Injectable treatments are not the only solutions for wrinkles, they are just the most accessible, popular, and minimally invasive treatments available. Laser resurfacing, Ultherapy® (for skin tightening) and chemical peels are some other popular treatments that may be appropriate for improving the appearance of wrinkles. Different methods may work better for some patients than for other, and only a skilled dermatologist can help determine which procedure may be right for you. For example:
- Laser resurfacing is used to improve deep lines.
- Ultherapy® is great for lifting sagging cheeks and jowls or for lifting the eyebrows.
- Chemical peels are a great option for improving fine lines.
For some patients, a combination of treatments may be the right approach, in order to get the desired results.
Talk to a Dermatologist
If you’re struggling with wrinkles of any kind, don’t sit by and watch them get worse. You deserve to look and feel great about yourself. There are options for nearly every need and budget, and a skilled cosmetic dermatologist can help you navigate the wide range of options and help you come up with a plan that works for you. It is also a good idea to consider getting screened for skin cancer and discuss your overall skincare plan to help you stay on track for healthy, beautiful skin.
If you need expert assistance in the Miami area, come to Dr. Diane Walder’s office for an appointment with Dr. Walder and her colleagues. Dr. Walder is an acclaimed cosmetic dermatologist and skin cancer specialist, often a resource for major national publications, including Elle, Vogue, Allure and Glamour. For personalized skincare, call 305-866-2177 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder today.