Know Your Wrinkles: The Difference Between Dynamic And Static

 

We frown at the thought of wrinkles but do you know that there are a multitude of treatment solutions that will iron out your worries. To find the most effective method of addressing wrinkle issues is to first understand the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles.

We all know that the primary cause of skin creases is aging but did you know that there are two types of wrinkles? Knowing which is the bane of your skin concerns is key in getting the right treatment for optimal results.

What are dynamic wrinkles?

Facial expressions involve the use of muscles so when you smile, for example, you’ll notice that the wrinkles around your eyes become prominent. These are called dynamic wrinkles. This applies to facial lines and creases caused by repetitive muscle movements. The most common areas where these occur are across the forehead, between the brows, and the outer corners of the eye like the crow’s feet. The lips are not spared as well particularly among smokers where they appear as vertical lip lines.

Although dynamic wrinkles are harder to prevent considering that facial expressions is a natural habit, you can minimise their occurrence. Give up that smoking habit and restrain from using straws when you’re drinking. These can at the very least, reduce the chance of lip lines from appearing.

De-creasing the dynamic wrinkles

Botulinum neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are recommended for dynamic wrinkles. It is effective for smoothening wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, and between the brows. As a muscle-relaxing toxin, it effectively helps to smooth out wrinkles and creases from repetitive muscle movements.

What are static wrinkles?

If you think you can leave your dynamic wrinkles alone and treat them only when the wrinkles get “really bad”, well you really shouldn’t wait too long! As we age, our skin’s ability to “bounce” back or smoothen out each crease decreases and that is when wrinkles become permanent. From being dynamic wrinkles, they now become static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are present regardless of muscle motion, and hence the term “static”. Causes include years of facial movements, gravity, and the perennial bugbear – aging. Genetics, poor dietary habits, and smoking are also agitating factors.

The areas where static wrinkles commonly appear include the forehead, corners of the mouth, along the cheeks, and on the neck. Static wrinkles are relatively easier to prevent. Adopt good skincare habits and remember to apply moisturisers. Avoid sun exposure as much as you can but on occasions when you can’t, take the necessary precautions.

Ironing out static lines

For static wrinkles, prevention is the best medicine. Avoid formation of static wrinkles by treating your dynamic wrinkles using botulinum neuromodulators. Think of your skin as a piece of paper, the more often you fold it, the deeper the crease on the paper. Botulinum neuromodulators will stop muscle movements, which in turn prevent creases from happening and becoming permanent.

What happens if you already have well-established static wrinkle lines? A combination of therapies may be needed, and it is best to consult an experienced physician on what is most suitable for you. Once again, botulinum neuromodulators are often first used to relax the muscles to prevent them from creasing up your face further. Then the doctor may recommend facial rejuvenating therapies like lasers (e.g. Fraxel laser) and Ultherapy to smoothen out the lines by encourgaing the body to form its own collagen. Laser skin resurfacing treatments may also be required to reduce the facial wrinkles by precisely removing skin layer by layer to iron out skin irregularities. At times, dermal fillers may be required to fill up the deep lines that have formed.

Wrinkle is a common skin issue

Wrinkles are indeed one of the more dreaded concerns as it prevails with age. There is nothing much that we can do when it comes to aging but with botulinum neuromodulators and rejuvenating therapies like lasers and Ultherapy, we can now reduce and eliminate the creases of time.

 

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