Wrinkles are an unavoidable and frustrating part of getting older. They can detract from your inherent attractiveness and make you look older than you feel inside.

If you are bothered by visible wrinkles and wish for smoother, more youthful-looking skin, the team at Graper Cosmetic Surgery can help. But to adequately treat wrinkles, we must know why they formed.

Below, our plastic surgeons, Dr. Robert Graper and Dr. Garrett Harper, break down the two most common types of wrinkles and explain how we treat them.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles form from repeated muscle movements that occur with common facial expressions like frowning, smiling and squinting. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include frown lines (i.e., vertical lines between the eyebrows), crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.

Treating Dynamic Wrinkles

Botox and other botulinum toxin products are designed to temporarily relax the muscles in the face that cause dynamic wrinkles. When injected into targeted muscles, Botox reduces their activity, and the overlying skin becomes smoother and softer. Botox is commonly used in the forehead and eyebrow area, and its effects normally last three to six months.

Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles appear with age as the body’s production of collagen declines and the skin loses elasticity. The formation of static wrinkles may be accelerated by factors like smoking or genetics. Visible when the face is at rest, static wrinkles can include the nasolabial folds, which are creases between the nose and the corners of the mouth, and marionette lines, which extend from the corners of the mouth to the jawline.

Treating Static Wrinkles

Mild to moderate static wrinkles can be safely and effectively treated with dermal fillers, which add volume where volume has been lost. Injecting fillers like Juvederm into static wrinkles cushions and slightly lifts the skin so the wrinkles are less visible. The results of filler treatment are apparent almost immediately, and can last anywhere from six to 12 months, depending on the specific product. Certain filler products also stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen for longer-lasting results.

More severe nasolabial folds and marionette lines may require surgical correction to lift and tighten the skin.

Contact Graper Cosmetic Surgery

Do you wish for smoother, more youthful looking skin? As experts in wrinkle-reducing treatments, our team can identify the type of wrinkles bothering you and suggest the most suitable course of action. To schedule a consultation at Graper Cosmetic Surgery, please contact us today.