June 21, 2020

Dynamic Vs. Static Wrinkles: What Is The Difference?

Let’s talk about wrinkles -- cute on a shar-pei puppy but certainly not on our body, not to mention our face! This is just one of the many things in life to look forward to as we age.

Unfortunately, fine lines and wrinkles can detract from our appearance, making us look older or more tired than we are or than we feel. Though wrinkles are universally frustrating, they’re not all alike. It is helpful to divide wrinkles into two distinct categories. The two categories are: dynamic and static. Each type has a unique cause and requires a different treatment to obtain optimal results. Let’s look at dynamic wrinkles first...

What Are Dynamic Wrinkles?

Have you ever noticed the lines that appear when you are making specific movements or expressions? For example, you might experience lip lines when you drink from a straw or frown lines between the eyebrows in moments of sadness or stress. Maybe you notice forehead wrinkles when you are surprised or crow’s feet when you squint in the sun. These are referred to as dynamic lines (only visible when the underlying facial muscles are contracted).

Dynamic Wrinkles Include:

  • Frown Lines (between the eyebrows)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • “Crow’s feet” at the corners of your eyes
  • Smile lines in the mid-cheek
  • Lip lines


What Is The Best Treatment for Dynamic Wrinkles?

Because dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle action, it is obvious that the most appropriate way to improve them would be to reduce the muscle action that causes them. BOTOX and all other medicines in the neuromodulator family do just that. They temporarily relax the underlying muscle contractions and highly specific movements in the face. As a result, expressions that cause dynamic wrinkles will relax, and the wrinkles will no longer occur.

What Are Static Wrinkles? ⁣⁣

The category of static wrinkles is often the most hated by our patients. They have a bad reputation because of their strong visibility and because they never go away. These lines start small, but they deepen and permanently plant themselves on your skin over the years. Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles occur from the natural loss of elasticity and collagen. As we begin to age, our skin's collagen levels start to break down, causing folds, creases, and volume loss. ⁣⁣Volume loss contributes significantly -- think of a balloon that has been inflated for days that is suddenly deflated and is covered in lines, creases, and wrinkles. Additional causes of static lines include smoking, genetics, extended exposure to harsh environments, and poor nutrition.

Static Wrinkles Include:

  • Nasolabial folds - from the nose down beside the corner of your mouth
  • Marionette lines - from the edge of your mouth down to your jawline
  • Tear trough lines - under the inside corner of your eye
  • Lateral Cheek lines - lines on your cheek that occur behind “smile lines.”
  • Lines across the neck


What Is The Best Treatment For Static Wrinkles?

Static lines can be tough to treat because they have formed over long periods and are often deep. However, several procedures can definitely help to lessen their appearance.

Dermal Fillers: Static wrinkles and folds are often best reduced with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can be placed directly and immediately beneath a fold or wrinkle, which adds volume to the skin. Dermal fillers can also restore firmness and youthfulness while reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles and lost collagen.

BOTOX: Depending on how deep the static lines are, and if there is any motion contributing to the static line, they may soften over time with consistent, repetitive BOTOX (sometimes requiring a higher dose). However, the majority of the time, dermal fillers will be the more appropriate option.

Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are another great option to target static lines. There is a spectrum of depth and intensity with chemical peel agents. Professional applied lighter peel solutions, exfoliate dead skin cells, and help healthy skin cells rise to the surface. Deeper peels can very effectively remove sun-damaged skin and stimulate a smoother, clearer layer of collagen to be laid down. A series of monthly treatments will even skin tone, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, plus new collagen and elastin will improve the appearance of aging skin, making dull and rough complexions glow.

Laser Skin Resurfacing: Because of its precision and power, laser resurfacing makes it possible to remove a lifetime of sun damage from your skin. Whether you are treating sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, or anything in between, you can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your overall complexion. Like with chemical peels, there is a spectrum of power and intensity in lasers used to resurface your skin. Our job is to match your skin type, skin problems, and downtime tolerance with the best laser to reach your goal.

Unfortunately, wrinkles are simply a part of aging. But fortunately, in 2020, we have many effective options that can help us look as youthful as we feel. If you are experiencing dynamic and static lines (or you want to start with preventative care to minimize these in your future), we have a solution. Call us at (916) 941-9400 to schedule an appointment. We would love to offer you a free consultation to make sure you are entirely aware of your options and customize a personal plan to achieve a complexion you will LOVE!


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