For those with wrinkles and similar lines on their face or other major skin areas, removal of these blemishes is often a top priority. However, this generally isn’t quite as simple as going to a medical spa and saying “get rid of my wrinkles” – in large part because there’s actually more than one type of wrinkle, and which you’re dealing with will often dictate which treatment is best for you.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re happy to offer several treatments that directly address lines or wrinkles on the face, including not only Botox injections but also several dermal fillers, such as Juvederm products. Generally, we deal with two prominent forms of wrinkles: Dynamic and static wrinkles. What are these, and which of our med spa treatments are generally best depending on which you’re dealing with? This two-part blog will look into everything you need to know here.
How Wrinkles Happen
Firstly, it’s important to understand the general basics on how wrinkles occur. Wrinkles are a natural skin reaction the various factors in the environment, combined with your own genetics as well. Facial wrinkles may be brought on by several causes: Genetics for one, but also issues like sun damage, smoking, aging and simple skin dehydration.
Generally, wrinkles first develop on areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight and other environmental factors. This is why the face, along with hands, neck and chest, are often the first areas to show wrinkles on the body. Over time, more skin areas may lose their moisture and elasticity, thinning them out and forming wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles refer to the kind you will typically see when you express emotion such as laughter, anger, stress or others. These emotions cause the muscles to react in certain ways, which moves the skin in these areas – dynamic wrinkles appear during these movements, and will often disappear afterward.
However, over time, dynamic wrinkles may stick around. They may form permanently along the crinkled area of laugh or frown lines, for instance, or perhaps near the eyes. We’ll go over why Botox is often the best treatment for dynamic wrinkles in part two of our series.
Static wrinkles, on the other hand, refer to more permanent wrinkles that remain in place even when your face is resting. In some cases, dynamic wrinkles will eventually develop into static wrinkles over time and after repetition, particularly among those who smoke or receive high levels of sun exposure. Static wrinkles prematurely age many people, especially those who are predisposed to deeper wrinkles. A few different dermal fillers might be right for these, which we’ll go over in part two.