Soothing facial lines and wrinkles is an area of expertise at Cosmetic Doctor, and in order to find the right procedure, we need to identify the type of wrinkle before treating it appropriately.
Basically, there are three types of wrinkles found on our face.
Sometimes called ‘mimic lines’, these are wrinkles on the skin caused by contractions of the muscle underneath. The constant muscle movement when you make a facial expression makes these creases appear.
Dynamic lines include:
• Frown lines (glabella lines) between the eyebrows
• Worry lines (horizontal) on the forehead,
• Bunny lines (wrinkles, like a little rabbit) on the nose
• Crow’s feet at the outer eye corners
Static lines are the second type of wrinkle, and can develop on their own or appear as a result of long-held dynamic lines.
Gravitational Folds are the third type; usually deeper furrows that happen due to a combination of volume loss and gravity as we age-for example, the nasolabial folds running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Our faces lose fat as we get older, particularly from the fat pad in our cheeks, so this volume loss makes the skin loose and gravity pulls it down.
Treating dynamic lines with botulinum toxin (‘Botox’)
Botulinum toxin (often referred to as ‘Botox’ after its first brand name) is a substance that, when injected into a muscle, will temporarily stop it contracting.
Dr. Fay at Cosmetic Doctor finds it an excellent treatment for dynamic facial lines. It works at the root cause of dynamic lines by preventing the muscle making the very movement that’s causing the problem.
For this reason, botulinum toxin also plays a useful wrinkle-prevention role in people who tend to over-use certain facial muscles. Most patients will see the results after three to five days, and it should last between four and six months.
Many patients report that in time the intervals between clinic visits get longer, as our muscles seem to ‘learn’ not to do the wrinkle-causing movement so much. Botox can be combined with dermal fillers to address other types of lines.
To book a consultation with Dr. Lisa Fay call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100