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Understanding Facial Aging in Your 40s: Static and Dynamic Wrinkles

Published on July 31, 2023
Smiling 40 years old woman with closed eyes

Facial rejuvenation, the art of restoring youthful radiance to the face, becomes an increasingly sought-after solution as we step into our 40s. As we age gracefully, our skin undergoes several changes, and one of the most visible signs is the appearance of wrinkles. In our 40s, these wrinkles tend to deepen, making us look tired or older than we feel. The good news is that advancements in cosmetic treatments have made it possible for Dr. Daiza to address these concerns effectively.

Not All Wrinkles Are Created Equal

Dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles are two distinct types of wrinkles that appear on the face as a result of different factors and mechanisms. Understanding the differences between these two types of wrinkles is crucial when considering facial rejuvenation treatments.

Dynamic wrinkles, also known as expression lines, are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements over time. When we smile, frown, squint, or make other facial expressions, our muscles contract, causing the skin to fold or crease. Over the years, these repetitive contractions lead to the formation of visible lines and wrinkles.

Dynamic wrinkles are typically most prominent in areas where muscle activity is more active, such as the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).

Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles are visible even when the face is at rest. These wrinkles result from the natural aging process, including the loss of collagen and elastin, decreased skin elasticity, and diminished facial volume.

Static wrinkles are typically deeper and more pronounced than dynamic wrinkles. They appear as moderate and deep lines, folds, and creases, often taking the form of the nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the mouth), marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin), and parentheses lines (curving lines that border the mouth).

Botox for Dynamic Wrinkles

Botox, a popular and widely used cosmetic neuromodulator treatment, is exceptionally effective for addressing dynamic wrinkles. It is derived from the botulinum toxin and is administered in minute amounts as an anti-wrinkle solution.

By temporarily relaxing the underlying facial muscles responsible for these wrinkles, Botox injections smooth out the skin’s surface, reducing the appearance of lines and creases. The benefits of Botox include:

  • Reduction of Forehead Wrinkles – Botox can diminish horizontal lines on the forehead, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
  • Softening of Glabellar Lines – Botox injections between the eyebrows can minimize the vertical frown lines that often make us appear tired, stressed, or angry.
  • Smoothing of Crow’s Feet – By targeting these fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, Botox can restore a more vibrant and refreshed look.

Dermal Fillers for Static Wrinkles

Dermal fillers are excellent for addressing static wrinkles. These injectable gels, typically composed of hyaluronic acid or other biocompatible substances, are carefully deposited beneath the skin’s surface. They restore lost volume, fill in deep lines and folds, and enhance facial contours. The benefits of dermal fillers include:

  • Replenishment of Facial Volume – Dermal fillers can effectively restore youthful volume to the cheeks and temples.
  • Smoothing of Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines – By filling in these deeper wrinkles, dermal fillers create a smoother, more rejuvenated look.
  • Enhancement of Facial Contours – Dermal fillers can be strategically placed to enhance facial features, such as adding volume to the lips and defining the jawline.

Contact Us to Learn More

Combining neuromodulators and fillers can offer comprehensive rejuvenation for women in their 40s, helping them regain a more youthful version of themselves. At Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, dermal fillers like Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, and Restylane are available to reduce the appearance of static wrinkles. For dynamic wrinkles, Dr. Daiza offers Botox and Dysport injections.

Learn more about which facial rejuvenation treatments are best for you by getting in touch with Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.