What Are the Two Main Types of Wrinkles?

No two body types are exactly alike, and the same goes for the way signs of aging manifest in the skin. That includes the types of wrinkles we have. Some people might start to see the beginning hints of wrinkles starting in their teens, while others might see the first noticeable lines appear in their 40s. Wrinkles—those lines or folds on the otherwise smooth surface of your skin, which are also known by the medical term “rhytids”—aren’t all the same either. There are different subtypes of wrinkles, and some treatments are more effective for certain types than others. BOTOX® from our Los Angeles-based team, for example, doesn’t work the same way as facial fillers or other minimally invasive treatments. If you’re unsure about what kind of treatment you need for your skin type, one of our board-certified dermatologists (Dr. Derek Jones, for example, served as an investigator on the FDA crow’s feet trial) can evaluate your skin to help you make the right choice.

Here are some of the basic categories into which wrinkles can be grouped.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Whenever our face changes during expressions or when we’re talking, eating, or conveying emotions, the skin is pulled by the contracting facial muscles attached to it. Youthful skin just bounces back to its normal resting position, but over time, the constant facial movements and loss of elasticity cause it to form deeper wrinkles that are noticeable when your face is mobile. These are called dynamic wrinkles—and they can eventually become some ingrained as to be visible when your face is at rest, too. Expression lines such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles are common types of dynamic wrinkles.

Static Wrinkles

The other main group of facial wrinkles is static wrinkles, which are grooves not linked directly to muscle activity and visible even when the face is at rest. These wrinkles come from collagen and hyaluronic acid loss due to aging, gravity, lifestyle choices, cumulative sun exposure, and other toxins or aggressors from the environment. They usually form on the middle and lower part of the face. Examples include tiny creases on the cheeks and neck from sun damage (known as elastic wrinkles) and fine, parallel lines that develop due to collagen loss (called atrophic crinkling rhytids).

Want to meet up with our physicians to discuss wrinkle treatments like BOTOX®? Contact Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills to get any questions you have about neuromodulators or other cosmetic procedures answered. Fill out a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to request a consultation.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.


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