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Should You Choose Fillers or Injectables? The Decision Depends on Your Wrinkle Type

While wrinkles reflect the wisdom and experience we’ve gained through the years, too many can detract from our inner vitality. Given the exciting advances in wrinkle treatments over the past five years, there’s no reason to feel frustrated with unwanted, even early, signs of aging. 

As you consider your options for maintaining youthful, healthy skin in Boca Raton, Florida, you may find yourself wondering which type of cosmetic treatment best suits your circumstances. Dr. Scott Farber informs us the answer lies in understanding which type of wrinkles you have, either dynamic or static.

 Skin wrinkling:

Wrinkling occurs as a result of external and intrinsic factors – they are our bodies’ natural response to sunlight, gravity, wind, time, our genes, and our lifestyle choices. 

Intrinsic factors, such as our genetic composition and the influence of gravity, are beyond our control. Over time, these forces cause our skin to lose volume and elasticity, which gradually leads to wrinkles.  On the other hand, external factors cause wrinkles according to our behavior. 

The elements, mainly the sun, wind, and smoking, are the primary external factors that cause wrinkling. If we choose a life of fun in the sun, smoking, and exposing our skin to the elements, wrinkles form on parts of the body which we least protect from the suns’ UV rays. This is why the face and neck are the main areas of concern when considering injectables or fillers to combat the signs of aging.

These different factors influencing wrinkles also create the two different types of facial lines; dynamic and static wrinkles. 

 Dynamic wrinkles:

Repetitive muscle movements, generally from expressing our emotions, result in dynamic wrinkles. Common dynamic wrinkles include the “11 lines” between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. 

When we are young, our skin bounces back after smiling, laughing, squinting, or frowning. As we age, however, our skin loses its’ elasticity, and dynamic wrinkles gradually become more pronounced and permanent. It is a persons’ habits that determine their dynamic wrinkles.   

Tennis players, for example, who squint in the sun develop crow’s feet earlier and more obviously compared to people who prefer the indoors, and smokers develop vertical lip lines according to the habitual movement of their mouths. 

 Dynamic wrinkle treatment:

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle movement – therefore, injectable cosmetic products that neutralize muscle movement provide the ideal solution to dynamic wrinkles. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are such products recommended by Dr. Farber. 

Causing localized paralysis, Botox, and similar products stop your expression muscles from working, thus eliminate dynamic wrinkles. 

Their effects last from three to five months and give your face a more youthful appearance by relaxing the muscles are the forehead and eyes.  

Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are disassociated from muscles. They are always visible, and their removal requires a different treatment method.   

 Static wrinkles:

Unlike dynamic wrinkles that are caused by our muscles, static wrinkles occur according to natural aging. Gravity, sunlight, and other external factors gradually result in our skin collagen breaking down. 

As this happens, the skin loses elasticity and begins to permanently sag and crease, particularly around the mouth, cheekbones, and neck. It is in these areas that static wrinkles occur.  

Static wrinkles may start as temporary dynamic wrinkles, but over time become permanent features of our faces. Because contracting muscles do not cause static wrinkles, products such as Botox and Dysport are ineffectual in their treatment.  

 Static wrinkle treatment:

Static wrinkles are smoothed out by giving the skin more volume and stimulating collagen production. Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse do just that. 

Dr. Farber injects these products into areas with static wrinkles, and by doing so, the wrinkled skin around the mouth, cheeks, and neck is stretched, thus removing the lines. Containing naturally occurring Hyaluronic Acid, dermal fillers also encourage our bodies to produce collagen and also moisturize the skin.  

The results from dermal filling are seen immediately and last between six to twelve months. There is no downtime from the procedure, making it an ideal option for eliminating static wrinkles. 

 

In many cases, a combination of both dynamic and static wrinkles shows our age. Dr. Scott Farber may advise a combination of both dermal fillers and injectables for a comprehensive solution to your wrinkles. Reach out on +1-561-503-2700 or using this online form now to confirm which method will best restore your youthful appearance.