Everyone makes facial expressions without realizing it. Throughout our day we squint, furrow our brow, and scrunch our eyelids together. These repetitive motions, in combination with changes to the skin as we age, lead to fine line and wrinkle formation. Genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices contribute as well. Dynamic wrinkles appear when expressing emotions (e.g. smile, laugh, frown, cry, or concentrate). Once the emotion passes and your face relaxes, they will fade as quickly as they appeared. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, remain on the face even after our facial muscles relax. These tend to deepen with age due to decreased collagen production and loss of elasticity in the skin. As a result, dynamic wrinkles will eventually become static wrinkles. Common areas of static wrinkles include smile lines around the nose and mouth, frown lines between the brows, and lines across the forehead and around the eyes. I will say, wrinkles get a bad rap, because without them our faces would be void of personality and expression (“frozen face”). Since each face is unique to the person, and no one has the same one, the lines and curves of your face help to tell the story of your life. Conversely, certain wrinkles CAN detract from your natural beauty and may even make you appear older than you are. This is where treatment with neuromodulators, such as Botox or Dysport, come into play. Treating these areas early on can decrease the severity of dynamic converting to static over time. As an injector, I assess your facial features, muscle movement, and desired level of relaxation to tailor each treatment to the person unique muscle structure and how those muscles contribute to your expressiveness.
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