The lines that you see on your face can generally be classified in one of two ways. Either they are dynamic lines and wrinkles, or they are static. This classification is important because it helps to determine how they are best treated. To learn more, read about the differences below, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Tavoussi to discuss any concerns that you have with your skin.
The Best Treatment Depends on Your Skin
Dynamic lines are those lines and wrinkles that appear in your face for a brief time when your face is in motion, but that disappears when your face is at rest. These lines are often the first ones to appear in your skin as it ages. You may notice them as crow’s feet around the outer edges of your eyes or as grooves between your eyes. Other common spots where they appear include the forehead and the corners of your mouth. You may first try to treat these lines with topical creams and serums, which may work initially. However, eventually you may need more, and this is where Botox comes into play. Botox is a neurotoxin that paralyzes the muscles beneath the skin so that they cannot contract and wrinkle the skin on top of them. Dr. Tavoussi can give you a small enough dose that your lines and wrinkles disappear, but you still look natural.
On the other hand, static lines are permanently etched into your skin. They often form over your dynamic lines after several years without treatment. Even when your face is at rest, these lines will still be visible. Botox and similar products will not be helpful for static lines because they are not impacted by muscle activity beneath the face. Instead, dermal fillers and other noninvasive or less invasive treatments can work to fill in and smooth out these lines. Dermal fillers are frequently used because they provide the fastest and most dramatic effects. Most are based on hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture to the surface of your skin while also filling in the area with its gel-like molecules.