Wrinkles are not all the same. They show up for different reasons, too. Whether you are a constant frowner or even a constant smiler or simply aging as we all do, we end up with wrinkles on our face. There are two types of wrinkles and they are treated very differently.
- Dynamic. These wrinkles are primarily present when you move your face, like crow’s feet (next to the eyes) and frown lines (in between the eyebrows)
- Static. These wrinkles are always present, like depressions on the cheeks or at the corner of the mouth, often becoming more pronounced as you age
Treatment for static wrinkles requires restoring volume and stimulating the production of collagen. This can be accomplished with dermal fillers, which add volume to the skin and are exceptionally effective at addressing issues like droopy cheeks, hollow tear troughs, and deep creases next to the mouth. Fillers, however, are not so good at treating static wrinkles. For that issue, wrinkle relaxers are the better fit.
What’s a Wrinkle Relaxer?
Wrinkle relaxers interrupt the signal between muscles and nerves, allowing muscles to relax and overlying skin to smooth. This mechanism doesn’t reduce your ability to make facial expressions; it simply reduces tension when they are made, helping to minimize the significance of several facial wrinkles, including:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Frown Lines
- Crown’s Feet
- Bunny Lines
- Pebbly Chin
- Neck Bands
In some instances, wrinkle relaxers can also be used to reduce tension in the jaw, helping to sculpt and tone the jawline as well.
At our Los Angeles dermatology practice, we offer the wrinkle relaxers BOTOX® Cosmetic, Daxxify, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, helping to ensure we meet the specific needs of each patient. During your initial consultation, we can help you determine which options might be best for your particular concerns.
Results are Predictable but Not Permanent
Results from wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers must be maintained through touch-up treatments. Fillers can produce results for twelve or more months, but wrinkle relaxers often need to be touched up in four-month intervals. However, neither option requires downtime, so touch-ups are not invasive or limiting.
You can help extend your results through proper at-home skin care. This includes using professional products to cleanse, moisturize, and protect your skin, along with healthy eating and lifestyle choices. During your time in our care, we can discuss your at-home regimen and help you choose the best solutions for long-term, healthy-looking, glowingly beautiful skin.
Call Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD, at 323-464-8046 to schedule your consultation today. We serve the Greater Los Angeles area and all nearby communities.