Jan 09 2019

Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

Graphic displaying the types of facial wrinklesWrinkles can give the face character, contributing to a friendly and mature appearance. But sometimes, wrinkles can prematurely age patients or make them feel self-conscious about their appearance.

At the practice of Dr. Roger J. Oldham in Bethesda, MD, we offer facial plastic surgery to address the signs of aging. Performing the treatment that is right for your needs can help you achieve a more rejuvenated, yet natural, appearance.

Here, we discuss the difference between dynamic vs. static wrinkles, along with how these lines can be treated with surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Understanding How Wrinkles Occur

Wrinkles are your skin’s natural reaction to environmental and biological factors. Sun damage, genetics, aging, smoking, and skin dehydration can all affect the appearance and severity of facial wrinkles.

It’s normal for wrinkles to first develop on areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight and environmental elements the most. That’s why aging skin shows up on the face, hands, neck and chest first. UV light from the sun breaks down collagen and decreases the strength and flexibility of skin.

As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and moisture, becoming thinner in the process. As the surface of your skin changes shape, wrinkles begin forming.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles you see when you express emotion. Laughter, worry, anger, or sadness can trigger certain muscle reactions, which causes the skin above the muscle to also move.

When the face returns to its resting position, dynamic wrinkles disappear. Dynamic wrinkles are commonly seen:

  • Around the mouth (laugh lines)
  • Between the eyebrows (frown lines)
  • On the forehead
  • Around the outer corners of the eyes

Static Wrinkles

Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles remain in place even when the face is at rest. What starts out as a dynamic wrinkle can deepen into a static wrinkle with age and prolonged sun exposure or tobacco use.

These wrinkles can prematurely age a patient, especially those patients who are genetically predisposed to deeper wrinkles, or are often exposed to the sun or tobacco use.

Treatment Options

Dr. Oldham offers several procedures that can treat dynamic and static wrinkles, turning back the clock on unwanted lines and creases.

BOTOX® injections are a cosmetic procedure that can minimize the appearance of dynamic crow’s feet and frown lines without the need for surgery.

Essentially, the BOTOX® solution inhibits muscle contraction below the skin to reduce the amount of movement that causes dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX® is a safe procedure when administered by Dr. Oldham, and the effects last for about four months.

For static wrinkles, a face lift, forehead lift, neck lift, or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can dramatically reduce the severity and number of wrinkles. By tightening the surface of the skin during these procedures, Dr. Oldham can recreate a smoother skin surface.

In addition, dermal fillers can be used to fill in the lines caused by static wrinkles.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you find yourself looking in the mirror and wishing that you could get rid of crow’s feet or frown lines, reach out to our practice online or call us at (301) 530-6100. During your consultation with Dr. Oldham, we can help you understand your specific treatment options.

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