What are dynamic and static wrinkles?

Updated: May 19

Wrinkles are lines that form in the skin and we all eventually get them as they are part of the normal ageing process. To understand how to reduce them or delay their onset, it is helpful to understand the two main types of facial wrinkles: dynamic and static.

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle movement and only appear when you move those muscles to make an expression such as frowning, squinting or smiling. The most common dynamic wrinkles are across the forehead, at the outer corners of your eyes (crow's feet) and between the eyebrows.

When our muscles contract, the skin covering those muscles stretches to accommodate. When we're young, our skin bounces back but over time with repetitive movement, our skin stops bouncing back and the dynamic wrinkles eventually become permanent static wrinkles.

Static wrinkles are age-related, caused by gravity, loss of collagen and fat, and the loss of the skin's elasticity so the skin doesn't bounce back. Static wrinkles are always visible once they show up, regardless of the muscle action - even when your face is relaxed.

Botox® is effective for dynamic wrinkles. A tiny injection of Botox in the right place weakens the muscle, allowing it to relax, and soften the wrinkle. Botox is effective for wrinkles between the eyes, crow's feet and forehead.

Dermal fillers can be effective for static wrinkles to replace lost volume and re-plump the tissue.

If you would like an assessment of how Doctor Laurie can soften your wrinkles or prevent those dynamic lines, turning into static ones, book a complimentary consultation.

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