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Types of Facial Wrinkles: Finding the Most Effective Treatment

By dsherris on April 15, 2015


A beautiful woman with lines illustrating where wrinkles commonly developAs you age, you may begin to notice the formation of fine lines and creases. These wrinkles continue to deepen as you age, in response to repetitive facial movements, and a gradual loss of collagen and skin elasticity. If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of facial wrinkles, Dr. David Sherris offers facial plastic surgery to address skin laxity, along with non-surgical rejuvenation treatments that can minimize the signs of aging. To learn more about the types of facial wrinkles that can develop, and effective treatments offered at our Buffalo practice, contact The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Frown Lines

Frown lines are the vertical lines that appear between the brows. They are also referred to as glabellar lines or the 11’s. These wrinkles are categorized as dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated muscle contraction. Dynamic wrinkles may appear deeper when the underlying muscles are in use. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles because the injections relax the facial muscles. Brow lift surgery may also be performed to reduce the appearance of frown lines.

Horizontal Forehead Creases

Horizontal forehead creases are also dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle activity. These lines run across the forehead, and can be treated with a brow lift or BOTOX® Cosmetic. During brow lift surgery, the underlying facial muscles can be weakened and the skin can be tightened, thus smoothing out the skin on the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used when horizontal creases are minor or moderate.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles caused by squinting, smiling, and frowning. The wrinkles extend out horizontally from the outer corners of the eyes. BOTOX® Cosmetic is typically the treatment of choice for crow’s feet. Surgical procedures such as brow lift and eyelid surgery may also minimize the appearance of crow’s feet.

Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds are the vertical wrinkles that run from the outer corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth. The lines are categorized as static wrinkles. Static wrinkles develop as the result of a loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These wrinkles are present even when the face is at rest, or in a static state. Dermal fillers are an excellent treatment option for static wrinkles. Dr. Sherris can inject JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, RADIESSE®, or Sculptra® Aesthetic into the nasolabial folds to add volume to the skin. Facelift surgery can also be performed to lift the skin and minimize the appearance of nasolabial folds.

Smoker’s Lines

Smoker’s lines are the vertical lines that form along the upper lip. These wrinkles start out as dynamic, but they are not effectively treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Smoker’s lines are particularly difficult to treat, but their appearance may be improved with a dermal filler injection to the lips with Restylane Silk.

Marionette Lines

Marionette lines are static wrinkles that run downward from the outer corners of the mouth to the bottom of the chin. The lines can be filled in with dermal filler products. For deeper creases, facelift surgery can be performed to lift the jowls and produce a smoother appearance.

To schedule a consultation and find out which wrinkle treatment is best suited to your needs, contact The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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