By Aesthetica Med Spa
Are you noticing wrinkles and folds in your face that were not there last year? Is there an upcoming event for which you would like to look your best? Whether you’re 35 and just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or 55 with skin that isn’t exactly keeping your age a secret, seeking ways to reduce wrinkles is probably on your agenda. Here at Aesthetica Med Spa in Austin, we want to give you an idea of what you’re facing with facial wrinkles by exploring the different types that you may run into over the years.


Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contraction of muscles that are attached to the overlying skin. Each muscle contraction causes the skin to bunch together, forming lines between the bulk of the muscle. The most common locations for dynamic wrinkles are frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, and lines extending from the outer corners of the eyes, often referred to as “crow’s feet”. Weakening these muscles will cause a reduction in the severity of the facial wrinkles, or can prevent them altogether when muscle weakening is done before wrinkles form. In addition to surgery, which can permanently weaken some of these muscles, injections of Botox Cosmetic into the specifically targeted muscles will temporarily decrease the action of the muscles for 3-4 months thereby eliminating wrinkles or causing a softer appearance to already formed dynamic wrinkles.


Static wrinkles are due to lack of elasticity of the skin caused from sun damage, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling. Static facial wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle contraction; they stay even when the muscles are not contracting. This leads to the classic “crepiness” and multiple cross-hatching as is often seen in wrinkles on the cheeks and around the eyes. Techniques that increase the thickness of the skin or that remove the damaged skin are effective wrinkle treatments. Laser skin resurfacing and deeper chemical peels remove the damaged skin and stimulate new collagen formation to improve the skin’s appearance, elasticity and thickness. With multiple treatments of intense pulsed light or light chemical peels and other non-ablative lasers from our Austin medical spa, we are certain we can increase the thickness of the skin and collagen level without significant downtime.


The third type of facial wrinkles, called wrinkle folds, are often due to sagging of the underlying facial structures, most notably causing the deep grooves between the nose and mouth known as naso-labial folds, or smile lines. These folds can be camouflaged temporarily by plumping up the groove from beneath with injectable skin fillers made from collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium derivatives, and fat transfers using your own fat. These materials typically last for anywhere from 3 months to 3 years, depending on the material used and the location of the injection. Most people we see here in Austin, especially those with skin showing signs of premature aging, have a combination of all three types of facial wrinkles. Regardless of your age, wrinkle type, desired degree of correction or prevention, there is a facial rejuvenation solution available for you.


One of the fundamentals of all facial rejuvenation is a good skincare regimen, including moisturizers and sunblocks to even skin tone. There are multiple options available, but Aesthetica Med Spa recommends medical grade products. The skin care will usually improve fine lines, but will more importantly improve the long-term quality of the skin as well as make any subsequent procedure more effective.   If a good skincare regimen isn’t enough, Dr. Sneed and staff will elevate your options to include the minimally invasive procedures, including Botox for wrinkles due to muscle animation, dermal fillers like Juvederm XC or Restylane for lines due to lack of elasticity of the skin and soft tissues and laser treatments to tighten skin, even out skin tone, and eliminate small blood vessels or capillaries. The true key to eliminating facial wrinkles is to spend some time with our Aesthetica Med Spa staff discussing which one of these options fits your needs, and put together a plan to meet your goals and fit into your specific lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about treating facial wrinkles in Austin from the professionals at AMedSpa, please feel free to contact us at 512-643-6416.