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Dynamic and Static Wrinkles: Understanding the Difference

Posted on: January 23, 2019

A young brunette woman with beautiful skinFacial cosmetic surgery can eliminate or minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles are considered a natural part of aging, though environmental factors such as pollutants, smoking, and sun exposure can deepen the creases in your skin and prematurely add years to your appearance.

Here, Dr. Brian Burns explains the differences between dynamic and static wrinkles. To find out which treatment is right for you, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery office in Victoria, TX.

Wrinkles: A Closer Look

Wrinkles manifest as folds, creases, or ridges on the skin. The first wrinkles we notice typically form around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. They are partly the result of natural facial expressions.

As we age, or as the result of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, the natural connective tissue in the skin breaks down, making the skin less flexible. According to scientific studies, collagen (the protein responsible for supporting healthy skin structure) is produced in reduced amounts after the age of 21. 

The combined effects of collagen loss and exposure to the elements contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.

Dynamic vs. Static Wrinkles

Simply put, dynamic wrinkles result from repeated facial muscle movements; they are most visible when we make facial expressions. Dynamic wrinkles are visible at all times and are the result of natural aging.

Dynamic wrinkles, or dynamic expression lines, are most often found around the mouth, forehead, and eyes. These types of skin wrinkles are commonly known as crow’s feet, smile lines, and frown lines. Squinting, laughing, and smiling contribute to the formation of these wrinkles.

Static wrinkles remain visible even when we relax our facial muscles and are largely the result of decreased collagen production. These folds (often found at the corners of the mouth and nose) tend to deepen with age.

Because static wrinkles are always present, they tend to add to the appearance of premature aging.

Treatment Options for Wrinkles

Dr. Burns offers several treatment options to reduce the appearance of dynamic and static wrinkles, including:

  • Facelift
  • Forehead lift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Rhinoplasty (surgery to change the size and shape of your nose)
  • Ear surgery
  • Chin implants
  • Neck lift

Find Out How to Eliminate Dynamic and Static Wrinkles

Facial cosmetic surgery is a long-term solution that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. At South Texas Plastic Surgery, we believe the decision to undergo plastic surgery is a very personal one.

All consultations and follow-ups are handled by Dr. Burns to ensure you are completely satisfied with every step of the transformation. Dr. Burns will work with you to carefully determine if you are a good candidate for facial cosmetic surgery, and he will always be available to answer questions.

To learn more about how you can rejuvenate your appearance through facial cosmetic surgery, contact our office online or call us at (361) 576-1975.


South Texas Plastic Surgery Victoria Office 601 E San Antonio
Ste 302W

Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 576-1975

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