Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles: What Is the Difference? By Nimit D on November 11, 2015

A woman's face in surgical bandagesDr. Peter Brownrigg is a leader in anti-aging, skin care, and advanced facial plastic surgery serving Ottawa. He carefully tailors each treatment to the needs of his patients, ensuring that they receive the most benefit from any treatment or combination of treatments that they undergo.

A number of patients come to the practice looking to reduce wrinkles and tighten loose skin. There are many ways to go about that since there are actually different kinds of wrinkles. Let's look into this matter in more detail right now.

Different Wrinkles Means Different Solutions

Not all wrinkles are the same. In fact, there are different kinds of wrinkles that call for different kinds of solutions. By knowing what sorts of wrinkles a patient is dealing with, a cosmetic surgeon can tailor treatment exactly to meet his or her needs. Knowledge and understanding are what good wrinkle reduction and anti-aging treatment are based on.

Broadly, there are two kinds of wrinkles that we'd like to focus on: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles.

About Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles are the kinds of wrinkles that are noticeable when a person's face is at rest, and he or she is not making any sorts of facial expressions. These are the kinds of wrinkles that are apparent signs of advanced age.

Examples of Static Wrinkles

Some examples of static wrinkles include smoker's lines, crow's feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and deep creases along the forehead. They can be quite unsightly and the source of self-consciousness.

Best Treatments for Static Wrinkles

In order to treat very fine lines and static wrinkles, the best options tend to involve skin resurfacing, facials, and peels. These will help the skin appear refreshed and renewed.

As a nonsurgical solution for static wrinkles, dermal fillers tend to be a good option. These kinds of cosmetic injections add volume to the injection site, helping hollows and lines disappear. Repeat injections of dermal fillers can be used when the initial treatment wears off, which is usually after several months.

Of course, a solid option for a number of major static wrinkles is facial plastic surgery. Procedures such as the brow lift, the traditional facelift, and the lower face lift help tighten the skin and make these wrinkles disappear.

About Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are the kinds of wrinkles that become noticeable when a person makes certain facial expressions. In these cases, the combination of muscle contractions, skin laxity, and the breakdown of collagen result in these sorts of wrinkles becoming more visible. When a person's face is at rest, these wrinkles may be barely perceptible.

Examples of Dynamic Wrinkles

The most common examples of dynamic wrinkles are the worry lines of the forehead and the frown lines between the eyes. These are quite prominent when squinting or surprised.

Best Treatments for Dynamic Wrinkles

In general, the best treatment option for dynamic wrinkles involves the use of BOTOX® injections. BOTOX® injections freeze muscle contractions in the injections sites, which makes the dynamic wrinkles less likely to appear. The cosmetic results of BOTOX® injection therapy will last for several months and, like dermal filler treatments, can be repeated as needed to prolong the positive wrinkle-reduction benefits.

Learn More About Wrinkle Reduction and Anti-Aging Treatments

For more information about wrinkle reduction and your many different options for anti-aging and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Peter Brownrigg looks forward to helping you look your very best.

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Dr. Brownrigg

Dr. Peter Brownrigg

Dr. Brownrigg has focused on facial plastic surgery since 1984. He is affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the Canadian Region Vice President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the treasurer and president of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ontario Medical Association

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