Dr. Peter Brownrigg is a leader in anti-aging, skin care, and advanced facial plastic surgery serving Ottawa. He carefully tailors each treatment to the needs of his patients, ensuring that they receive the most benefit from any treatment or combination of treatments that they undergo.
A number of patients come to the practice looking to reduce wrinkles and tighten loose skin. There are many ways to go about that since there are actually different kinds of wrinkles. Let's look into this matter in more detail right now.
Not all wrinkles are the same. In fact, there are different kinds of wrinkles that call for different kinds of solutions. By knowing what sorts of wrinkles a patient is dealing with, a cosmetic surgeon can tailor treatment exactly to meet his or her needs. Knowledge and understanding are what good wrinkle reduction and anti-aging treatment are based on.
Broadly, there are two kinds of wrinkles that we'd like to focus on: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles.
Static wrinkles are the kinds of wrinkles that are noticeable when a person's face is at rest, and he or she is not making any sorts of facial expressions. These are the kinds of wrinkles that are apparent signs of advanced age.
Some examples of static wrinkles include smoker's lines, crow's feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and deep creases along the forehead. They can be quite unsightly and the source of self-consciousness.
In order to treat very fine lines and static wrinkles, the best options tend to involve skin resurfacing, facials, and peels. These will help the skin appear refreshed and renewed.
As a nonsurgical solution for static wrinkles, dermal fillers tend to be a good option. These kinds of cosmetic injections add volume to the injection site, helping hollows and lines disappear. Repeat injections of dermal fillers can be used when the initial treatment wears off, which is usually after several months.
Of course, a solid option for a number of major static wrinkles is facial plastic surgery. Procedures such as the brow lift, the traditional facelift, and the lower face lift help tighten the skin and make these wrinkles disappear.
Dynamic wrinkles are the kinds of wrinkles that become noticeable when a person makes certain facial expressions. In these cases, the combination of muscle contractions, skin laxity, and the breakdown of collagen result in these sorts of wrinkles becoming more visible. When a person's face is at rest, these wrinkles may be barely perceptible.
The most common examples of dynamic wrinkles are the worry lines of the forehead and the frown lines between the eyes. These are quite prominent when squinting or surprised.
In general, the best treatment option for dynamic wrinkles involves the use of BOTOX® injections. BOTOX® injections freeze muscle contractions in the injections sites, which makes the dynamic wrinkles less likely to appear. The cosmetic results of BOTOX® injection therapy will last for several months and, like dermal filler treatments, can be repeated as needed to prolong the positive wrinkle-reduction benefits.
For more information about wrinkle reduction and your many different options for anti-aging and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Peter Brownrigg looks forward to helping you look your very best.