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Dynamic Vs. Static Wrinkles (And How to Get Rid of Them)

Dynamic Vs. Static Wrinkles (And How to Get Rid of Them)

Have you ever wondered why some wrinkles show up when you laugh or frown, while others seem to stay put no matter what expression you make? Enter the world of dynamic and static wrinkles. 

Both types of wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but understanding the difference between them can help you choose the best treatment to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance. 

Leslie Forrester, APRN, and our team at Wrinkle Fairy in Arlington Heights, Gold Coast Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, and Naperville, Illinois, are here to help decode the science behind aging skin and guide you to the most effective solutions.

Understanding how wrinkles form

As we age, our skin undergoes several changes. The production of collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for skin's elasticity, diminishes. 

This causes the skin to lose its firmness and resilience. External factors like sun exposure, pollution, and lifestyle choices can speed up this process. 

Dynamic wrinkles are those that form from repeated facial movements such as smiling or squinting. Think of crow's feet and those lines between your eyebrows. They're the result of muscles contracting and creasing the skin over time.

Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are the lines and folds that are present even when your face is at rest. These result from a loss of skin elasticity, collagen depletion, and the effects of gravity over time. They're commonly seen around the mouth, cheeks, and neck and deepen as we age.

Ways to banish dynamic wrinkles

When addressing dynamic wrinkles, the goal is to target the muscles that cause these repetitive movements without compromising your natural facial expressions.


Arguably the most well-known treatment for dynamic wrinkles, Botox has become synonymous with a more youthful appearance. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for those pesky wrinkles, giving the skin a smoother look.

With a few tiny injections, Botox relaxes the muscles beneath the wrinkle, causing the skin on top to flatten and appear wrinkle-free. The treatment is quick, with minimal downtime, and results can last for several months.

Minimizing the appearance of static wrinkles

Static wrinkles need treatments that restore volume, stimulate collagen production, or improve skin's texture and elasticity. Some of our favorite therapies include:

Dermal fillers

Fillers, as the name suggests, 'fill in' those deep set static wrinkles. They replenish lost volume and smooth out lines, making them perfect for tackling nasolabial folds or marionette lines.

Laser resurfacing

This technique uses focused light beams to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. It's primarily used for treating static wrinkles by removing the outer layer of skin and stimulating collagen production. By promoting collagen, the skin regains some of its lost elasticity, and those deeper lines begin to soften.

Vampire facelifts

A unique procedure that uses a combination of dermal fillers and your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to restore volume and stimulate collagen production, this treatment can revitalize sagging skin and reduce static wrinkles.

Thread lift

This nonsurgical procedure uses surgical-grade threads to lift and rejuvenate the skin. This adds much needed support and reduces the appearance of static wrinkles by making the skin tighter.

Treating both dynamic and static wrinkles

Some aesthetic treatments are versatile enough to address both types of wrinkles. Here’s a look at our top choices:

Vampire facial

This procedure utilizes PRP (platelet-rich plasma) derived from your blood. When applied after microneedling, the PRP promotes cell turnover and boosts collagen production, beneficial for both dynamic and static wrinkles.

DiamondGlow® facials

This multi-step treatment exfoliates, extracts, and infuses skin with serums tailored to your specific needs. It’s designed to address a multitude of skin concerns, including fine lines and deeper wrinkles.

Personalized help for optimal wrinkle reduction

No two faces are the same, and neither should be the approach to skincare. Whether you're noticing the first hints of crow's feet or feel your static wrinkles could use a little smoothing, it's essential to get a professional evaluation. At Wrinkle Fairy, our providers in a tailored approach. 

Your team member assesses your unique skin needs and recommends aesthetic treatments to best rejuvenate and enhance your natural beauty. For many clients, a combination of treatments provides optimal results. 

Don't guess when it comes to your skin. Let the experts at Wrinkle Fairy guide your journey to a younger, fresher you. Schedule your comprehensive skin evaluation today at the location nearest you.

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