The 5 Different Types of Wrinkles

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Experiencing wrinkles at some point in your life is natural. In fact, wrinkles are considered one of the most defining attributes of aging. But did you know that a wrinkle isn’t just a wrinkle? There are several different types of lines and creases that arise from various causes.

Here are the five different types of wrinkles and how to find the most effective skincare options to help minimize their appearance.


Dynamic Expression Lines

Repetitive muscle movement is the cause of this type of wrinkle. Dynamic expression lines differ from other types of wrinkles because of the way they are formed. This type of crease begins as a temporary line from making a facial expression, but dynamic wrinkles can be transformed into permanent static wrinkles over time.

Top Treatment Options: To help smooth away the appearance of dynamic expression lines, we recommend injectable wrinkle treatment options such as Botox, Dysport, or Dermal Fillers. An injectable neurotoxin can help to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines, resulting in smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.


Elastic Creases

Fine lines can turn into permanent elastic creases over time. Elastic creases are a direct result of years of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, air pollution, and are also caused by smoking. These permanent wrinkles appear around the eyes, upper lip, cheeks, neck, and decolletage.

Top Treatment Options: Make kicking your smoking habit and limiting sun exposure your top priorities. Apply sunscreen daily from head to toe, and don’t forget exposed areas such as the back of your hands that often show signs of aging. Laser therapy and chemical peels are a great way to increase cell turnover and restore a youthful glow.


Compression Wrinkles

These wrinkles happen when your face is compressed or squashed into a surface, such as a pillow, and are commonly seen on those who sleep on their stomach or their side. Typically, these wrinkles gradually fade throughout the day, but they can become permanent.

Top Treatment Options: Changing your sleeping position to your back is the best course of action against avoiding this type of wrinkle. If your sleeping habits have created compression wrinkles that are now permanent or very noticeable, injectable dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid will help to plump and soften the appearance of wrinkles.


Gravitational Folds

Much like the name suggests, these wrinkles form as a result of gravity pulling the skin downwards. Over time, skin begins to sag, causing folds and creases to look more pronounced. As part of the natural aging process, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin begins to decline, resulting in sagging skin.

These wrinkles are often seen most in the form of parallel lines that run along each side of the nose towards the mouth, commonly referred to as marionette lines or parentheses. Gravitational folds are also commonly seen in those who have lost a substantial amount of weight in a short period.

Top Treatment Options: Ultherapy is the perfect noninvasive micro-lift that uses ultrasound technology to send energy to the deeper structural areas of the skin to restore and stimulate collagen production. Over the course of 3-6 months, through a natural regenerative process, your skin will begin to lift and tighten gradually.


Atrophic Wrinkles

The deep furrowed wrinkles that for as parallel lines between the eyes are considered atrophic wrinkles. These lines form as a result of the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, and like other types of wrinkles, can worsen with sun exposure. This type of wrinkle is better known as fine lines or crinkles. At this stage they are not considered fully formed wrinkles. Fine lines are the easiest type of wrinkle to prevent and treat.

Top Treatment Options: Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, and be sure to apply SPF daily. Moisturizing also helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines. Treatment options including Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, and the widely popular HydraFacial will improve fine lines, skin tone, and texture.


Finding the Right Treatment For Your Type of Wrinkles

Are you ready to take the next step towards treating existing wrinkles, and preventing future lines from forming? Call Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule your complimentary consultation appointment with our knowledgeable staff. The only thing you have to lose is your fine lines and wrinkles.


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