• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

2 Types of Wrinkles and How to Treat Them

types of wrinkles

Most people see wrinkles or facial lines the same way – the nasty effects of aging, but did you know that there are different types of wrinkles?

Wrinkles can be classified into two categories – the dynamic wrinkles and the static wrinkles. Each has unique root causes and appears in a distinct manner. For each type to be properly addressed, both requires different type of treatments.

To know more, below is a brief overview of the 2 types of wrinkles: dynamic and static wrinkles.

Types of Wrinkles – Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles form from repetitive facial movements such as smiling, squinting, frowning, crying and puckering of the lips. Dynamic wrinkles appears after many years of muscle movement, which naturally causes wrinkling of the skin.

This type of wrinkle form in facial areas where there is greater movements such as between the eyebrows, across the forehead, around the mouth and around the eye corners.

How to Treat Dynamic wrinkles

The most popular treatment for dynamic wrinkles is Wrinkle reduction treatment , an effective injectable treatment derived from a neurotoxin that can relax the facial muscles causing wrinkles and facial lines. It is very popular because it is minimally invasive and require no down time. The effect of Wrinkle reduction treatment usually lasts 4 to 6 months from the initial treatment date.

Types of Wrinkles – Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles form due to a natural loss of collagen, elasticity and tissue volume, which results from the natural facial aging. Among these factors, the leading cause off static wrinkles is the loss of skin collagen. Collagen is an important protein that supports the entire framework of the skin. As you age, your normal production of collagen starts to slow down and the other existing collagen starts to break down. The continual pull of gravity along with the decrease in collagen level can take a toll on your face, with the creation of furrows and folds.

Static wrinkles commonly appear between the mouth or nose, and cheeks. The nasolabial folds are the most common area to show static wrinkles. But it is possible for static wrinkles to develop in almost anywhere on the face.

How to Treat Static Wrinkles

Perhaps the best way to correct static wrinkles is with dermal fillers – a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that can instantly smoothen face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Today, dermal fillers can provide patients with complete facial rejuvenation, providing patients with a fresh, radiant and youthful look.

Dermal fillers offers instant results, with little to zero downtime. In fact, you can easily undergo a full filler rejuvenation during their lunch break. The results of filler usually lasts between 8 months and 2 years, but this depends on the amount and type of filler used and the area where it is injected.

Here’s What You Should Know About ‘Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ’

Baby-Botulinum toxin

Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment is a delicate procedure in administering Wrinkle reduction treatment to achieve a highly natural and subtle result. First coined in the US, the term ‘baby wrinkle reduction treatment’ rose when movie director Martin Scorsese complained that many actresses he casted look ‘frozen’ and couldn’t use natural facial expression. The actresses began to search for Wrinkle reduction treatment while still working for a more natural look and that will wear off quickly just in time for their next project.

How does Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment Work?

Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment still uses the same treatment formula (Botullinum toxin) and injected in the usual areas. But the difference is that tiny doses, often lower than average, of the treatment are administered and are placed exceedingly carefully into the facial muscles when it will relax facial contractions by blocking nerve impulses. This will let the skin appear smooth, with wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable.

The result: It softens the appearance of wrinkles while still letting natural facial movement. Any hint of frozen look will be avoided.

The most common areas for Baby Wrinkle reduction Injectionare:

  • The forehead
  • Around the eyes

This treatment procedure is not permanent. Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment wears off more quickly so patients have to return for the next treatment after two months. The advantage of Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment is that it gives patients the choice. If a client wanted the usual dose treatment, we will use a unique technique that will achieve effective, long lasting but still natural looking results. However, Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment can be used for those who want to be more minimal and achieve more natural look, or those who don’t want it to last long.

Who are the Best Candidates for Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ?

Wrinkle reduction treatment is a highly popular option among men and women who desire to have youthful look and reduce frown lines and wrinkles. Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment patients can be of any gender or age, and its popularity is growing every year.

  1. First timers – those who never had Wrinkle reduction treatment before and are worried not to overdo it.
  2. Preventative patients – those who are using it as a preventative measure, to block muscle activity so wrinkles won’t develop
  3. Younger patients – those who want a very light dose to prevent early signs of aging
  4. Patients needing facial movement – common clients are actors and actresses who want to retain their full range of facial expressions, yet want to achieve a subtle suppression of aging signs so they still look good on screen
  5. Natural look seekers – those who want a particularly subtle look to their results

Are they any negative side effects of Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ?

Perhaps the most common side effects are mild pain and tenderness on the site of injection, including very mild swelling, which subsides within 48 hours. Very rarely, the treatment may cause adjacent muscle groups to relax, giving the appearance of a drooping eyelids or eyebrows. This case is rare and should diminish after a week or two.

How Regular Use of Sunscreen Can Prevent Wrinkles


Based on a study conducted by Australian researchers, regular use of sunscreen protects the skin from photoaging – the hyperpigmentation, wrinkling and loss of elasticity due to exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. Although this may not be surprising, it is the first study to quantify the anti-aging properties of sunscreen.

Over 900 participants were followed for four years. They were told to use sunscreen every day and instructed on its proper usage, including reapplication after being exposed for few hours, after sweating heavily or after going in the water. The changes on the skin were measure through microtopography, a technique in which researchers do silicone impressions at the back of every subject’s hand. Skin surface pattern reflect the degree of sun’s damage to the deeper skin, particularly to the collagen and elastic fibers.

After the four-year period, damage was determined, on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 signifying skin with severe aging and 1 meaning no damage. Participants were assessed and given a score at the beginning and another one at the end. The result us that those who used sunscreen every day were 24 percent less likely to show an increase in the signs of photoaging. Because of the research, there is a now a scientific evidence to support the cosmetic value of sunscreen. Regular use of sunscreen by the young adults to those under 55 offer cosmetic benefits and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Sun damage comes in different types. UV B radiation is the leading cause of most skin cancers and sunburns, while photoaging is primarily caused by UV A radiation, robbing the skin its natural ability to retain it shape. It also causes freckles and liver spots.

What Type of Sunscreen Should I Use?

The answer will depend on the amount of sun exposure you are anticipating. However, we recommend a broad-spectrum product that provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Many lotions and moisturizers contain sunscreen, often SPF 15 or more, and this is enough for everyday activities with only few minutes under the sun. But if you are working outside or need to spend most of your time outside, you need water-resistant, stronger type that can sustain for several hours.

The water-resistant types are also preferable during hot days when you sweat a lot or while playing sports, since they’re less likely to drip into your eyes when sweating. Most of the sun protection products available today combine a variety of active chemical sun protection ingredients to give broad-spectrum protection.

How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?

To enjoy the full benefits of a sunscreen, you have to apply 1 ounce or about a shot glass full of sunscreen. If you are having a long day at the beach, use around one half to a quarter of an 8 ounce bottle. This must be applied 30 minutes before going outside to let the ingredient completely bind to the skin.

Reapply the same amount every two hours. This is as important as applying it on in the first place. Sunscreens must be reapplied after swimming, sweating or toweling off.