Sep 19 2015

Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles - Connecticut - RI

A woman’s face with spots of light illustrating static wrinkles to be targeted by skin care treatmentsBelieve it or not, not all wrinkles are alike. And wrinkles are not all "bad".  Dr Duke tells patient they tell the story of our lives. We earned each one of them! They give us personality and character. Expressions illuminate our souls, who we are.

If it weren’t for the presence of certain wrinkles, our faces would lack expressiveness and personality. The point of the advanced wrinkle treatments available at Coastal Dermatology, the practice of Daniella Duke, MD, is not to eliminate all wrinkles, but rather to strategically target those wrinkles responsible for the premature signs of aging. Dr. Duke is an expert in the anatomy of the human face and, as such, is able to provide facial rejuvenation treatments that result in a wholly refreshed appearance without altering a person’s natural beauty -- and personality.

One of the keys to Dr. Duke’s consistently outstanding results is her ability to distinguish between dynamic and static wrinkles. She takes into consideration the interplay between dynamic vs. static wrinkles at her Connecticut dermatology practice when planning her patients’ facial rejuvenation treatments. This helps her to devise the most effective treatment plans possible.

Understanding the Difference between Dynamic and Static Wrinkles

As the name suggests, dynamic wrinkles are those that appear when we will them to, more or less on command. They show up whenever you use your face to express an emotion or thought by contorting it into a smile, frown, or look of fear, suspicion, doubt, surprise, or joy. When your face goes blank, these wrinkles fade.

Conversely, static wrinkles do not fade when our facial muscles relax, which can be the source of great frustration for many people. Static wrinkles remain on the face, whether we want them to or not, becoming only more prominent with age. These are permanent wrinkles that begin to develop in our twenties and continue to become deeper over time.

Throughout the years, our skin loses collagen and its natural elasticity. As a result, many dynamic wrinkles eventually become static wrinkles. For example, nasolabial folds - the lines that extend from either side of the base of the nose down to the sides of the mouth - only appear when we laugh or smile in our younger years. However, as we age, these lines eventually become permanently etched in our faces. Hence, they become known as “laugh lines. Unfortunately, very few people actually find these deep wrinkles particularly funny.

Treatments for Static Wrinkles

Depending on the location and depth of static wrinkles, it is often possible to achieve excellent, albeit temporary, facial rejuvenation with injectable treatments. Injectable fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, are helpful with the more static lines around the mouth--nasolabial folds and "marionette lines".  Laugh lines, lip lines, and other wrinkles in the lower half of the face can often be treated with dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®.

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are often ideal for the treatment of the dynamic wrinkles that appear because of muscular contraction -- like at the edges of the eyes - colloquially known as “crow’s feet” - as well as frown lines. Botox and Dysport help reduce "pucker lines" on the upper lip, frown or scowl lines, and forehead creases.

Dr. Duke may also suggest a regimen of physician-strength skin care products for more comprehensive treatment of static wrinkles. Active ingredients such as retinols, growth factors, or natural topical Botox-like products can improve the look of facial wrinkles.

Learn More about Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

To learn more about the dynamic vs. static wrinkles, as well as how we can help to treat dynamic wrinkles, please contact Coastal Dermatology today.

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