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Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

You’ve probably heard about Botox®. It’s consistently one of the most-requested cosmetic injectables in the United States, and the anti-aging results it delivers are popular among adults of all ages.

But, do you know why Botox is so effective? The answer lies in the type of wrinkles it treats and how those wrinkles form in the first place. If you’re bothered by lines and wrinkles when you look in the mirror, now is the time to learn more about your wrinkles and treatment options.

Oswald Mikell, MD, and our team at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry are committed to helping you look your best. Read on to learn more about the different types of wrinkles, and find out if Botox could be a solution for you.

The different types of facial wrinkles

There are two main types of facial wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Each type has specific causes, and the best treatment option largely depends on which type you’re treating.

Dynamic wrinkles

Your face shows your emotions every time you raise your eyebrows, squint, smile, and frown. Over time, the muscles that make these expressions can begin to stay in a semicontracted state. And, as these muscles stay somewhat contracted, they push up the skin above them, forming lines and wrinkles.

The most common dynamic facial wrinkles are:

Dynamic wrinkles are often the first to form. In fact, you may start noticing those horizontal forehead lines while you’re still in your 20s. Dynamic wrinkles get deeper over time, and they can be particularly difficult to treat.

Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles aren’t the result of facial movement. Instead, they’re the result of age-related skin changes and environmental factors.

Older skin has less collagen and elastin than youthful skin. It’s also more fragile, dry, and delicate. Furthermore, many people lose facial fat with age as well, which contributes to sharper features and sagging skin. And, when you add sun damage, gravity, and other environmental factors into the mix, you get static wrinkles.

Some common static wrinkles are:

Over time, both types of wrinkles can set in to your skin and leave you feeling embarrassed about the reflection you see in the mirror.

Tackling dynamic wrinkles with Botox

While static wrinkles can be treated with fillers, which plump up the skin, dynamic wrinkles need something to relax the muscles that are in a semicontracted state. That’s where Botox comes in.

Botox relaxes these muscles, which then allows the skin above them to smooth out. When Botox is injected into the targeted muscles, it blocks the nerve signals that cause these muscles to stay contracted. The result is skin that is smoother and more relaxed. 

Botox is FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. And one treatment will last up to four months, at which time you can get a touch-up if you desire.

We work with adults of all ages who are interested in Botox. Whether you’re in your 20s and are seeking preventive maintenance or are older and looking to refresh your complexion, we can help you decide if Botox is right for you.

To learn more about Botox and to see if it can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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