DYNAMIC FACIAL WRINKLES
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contraction of muscles that are attached to the overlying skin. Each muscle contraction causes the skin to bunch together, forming lines between the bulk of the muscle. The most common locations for dynamic wrinkles are frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, and lines extending from the outer corners of the eyes, often referred to as “crow’s feet”. Weakening these muscles will cause a reduction in the severity of the facial wrinkles, or can prevent them altogether when muscle weakening is done before wrinkles form. In addition to surgery, which can permanently weaken some of these muscles, injections of Botox Cosmetic into the specifically targeted muscles will temporarily decrease the action of the muscles for 3-4 months thereby eliminating wrinkles or causing a softer appearance to already formed dynamic wrinkles.
STATIC FACIAL WRINKLES
Static wrinkles are due to lack of elasticity of the skin caused from sun damage, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling. Static facial wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle contraction; they stay even when the muscles are not contracting. This leads to the classic “crepiness” and multiple cross-hatching as is often seen in wrinkles on the cheeks and around the eyes. Techniques that increase the thickness of the skin or that remove the damaged skin are effective wrinkle treatments. Laser skin resurfacing and deeper chemical peels remove the damaged skin and stimulate new collagen formation to improve the skin’s appearance, elasticity and thickness. With multiple treatments of intense pulsed light or light chemical peels and other non-ablative lasers from our Austin medical spa, we are certain we can increase the thickness of the skin and collagen level without significant downtime.