The first step in finding the most effective method of addressing your wrinkles is to understand their cause. Generally speaking, there are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Here, Dr. David Magilke of the Portland Face Doctor explains the key differences between the two and their treatment options.
About Dynamic Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles are a result of repeated facial expressions (e.g., smiling, frowning). These wrinkles become visible when the facial muscles contract to form expressions and disappear or become less visible when the facial muscles are at rest. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include crow’s feet, forehead frown lines or frown lines between the eyebrows (also known as furrows or furrowed brow).
The older you are, the more noticeable dynamic wrinkles become, even when the face is at rest. A great solution to dynamic wrinkles is Botox, a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that temporarily relaxes facial muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, the overlying skin smooths out, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. Results with Botox last three to four months, so repeat sessions are recommended.
About Static Wrinkles
Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible when the face is at rest. They are a result of the aging process and gravity. Over time, the body produces less collagen, a protein responsible for the skin’s youthful and firm quality. This, paired with the loss of facial fat and muscle tone, and environmental factors (e.g., sun damage and smoking), causes the skin to sag and wrinkle. Examples of static wrinkles include forehead wrinkles, neck lines, eyelid wrinkles and lines around the lips.
There are several effective options for treating static wrinkles. Dermal fillers can be used to plump the facial features and fill in wrinkles, minimizing their appearance. Certain fillers like Radiesse are known as collagen boosters because they increase the body’s natural supply of collagen for ongoing wrinkle reduction. Similarly, fillers like Juvederm and Restylane deliver hyaluronic acid to the tissues, a naturally occurring substance that adds moisture and firmness to the skin. Like Botox, dermal fillers produce temporary results, so repeat treatments are key.
Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing treatments are also great non-surgical options for wrinkle reduction caused by sun damage or loss of production over time. These treatments focus on removing dead skin cells on the outer layers of the skin, triggering the body’s collagen production. This in turn leads to fresher and smoother skin.
Individuals who desire longer-lasting results can benefit from a surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. Procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery focus on trimming excess skin and tissues before re-sculpting and elevating the remaining skin and tissues. The result is a tighter, lifted appearance.
Explore Your Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
If you’re ready to turn back the clock on wrinkles, fine lines and other noticeable aging signs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Magilke. The talented facial plastic surgeon is happy to discuss your surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatment options and help you choose the one that addresses your unique concerns. Book an appointment with the Portland Face Doctor by calling (503) 297-6511 today.