What You Should Know About Static & Dynamic  Wrinkles

What is the difference between static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles?

Though there are many different categorisations of wrinkles, all wrinkles types fall into two categories: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. There are also two main distinctions in both the definition of and cause of each of these types of wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are also known as expression lines. They are caused by repetitive facial expressions that, when the skin is young, appear as temporary creases within the skin. As the skin loses nutrients and structural integrity, these wrinkles gradually become permanent. Static wrinkles are those that lease creases and lines due to gravity, and for which the effect of facial movement has no effect. 

How to treat static wrinkles vs dynamic wrinkles

It is important to be able to distinguish between static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles because each type of wrinkle requires or benefits the most from different treatments. As dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle movement, the target for treatment becomes the muscle, whereas static wrinkles are caused by gravity and volume loss, so one must address the issue of lost volume. Depending on the state of the dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles, the patient may benefit from a combination of treatment—this can be decided during an initial assessment of the patient’s skin prior to treatment.

Botox for dynamic wrinkles

Botox and other botulinum toxin A products, such as Dysport, are suitable treatments for patients who wish to address the appearance of dynamic wrinkles in their face. Botox is able to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to appear. When the muscle does not contract, the lines do not form. This method of treatment usually lasts from 4 to 6 months and should not be administered more frequently than once every 3 months.

Fillers for static wrinkles

Fillers, also known as dermal fillers or cosmetic injectables, are a great method of addressing static wrinkles in patients who wish to lessen their appearance. The most popular type of fillers are hyaluronic acid-based fillers, which increase plumpness and hydration in the skin while filling in volume. There are many different brands available with many different formulations and concentrations. Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Princess are some very popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, and provide long-lasting temporary results. A hyaluronic acid-based filler can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the formulation. Semi-permanent fillers made of other materials may also offer patients the desired results when it comes to treating static wrinkles. Radiesse, for instance, is a popular filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite that lasts on average from 12 to 18 months. The correct filler for static wrinkles will depend on the patient’s desired results and the severity and location of the wrinkles being addressed. It is always important to do a quick consultation prior to treatment to assess which products will be most suitable for the patient.