Vampires are all the rage these days; here’s a question about them. Since vampires never see the light of the sun, would they be wrinkle-free during their eternal life?
Actually, they could, but they would have to force themselves to never frown, squint, smile, laugh, and a variety of other behaviors that involve repetitive facial muscle contractions. Why? Because behaviors such as squinting create wrinkles that are called dynamic wrinkles.
Yes, your average vampire would probably miss out on the static wrinkles we all enjoy from our time out frolicking in the sun and the environment. The sun and environment damage our skin and create wrinkles that show themselves all the time. Simple aging plays a part in static wrinkles, because as we age our bodies produce less collagen and elastic (the support systems of the skin) and our skin becomes looser and more prone to sagging and the formation of static wrinkles.
So, let’s say Dracula wouldn’t get static wrinkles, especially since he never ages.
But don’t forget dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that form from repeated muscle contractions. When you frown, squint, laugh, or a host of other actions, the muscles involved with these behaviors create wrinkles on the skin above. Vampires would be just as susceptible to dynamic wrinkles as those of us who don’t sleep in coffins.
And that’s the difference between injectables available to rejuvenate your face at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Static wrinkles, because they are on display at all times, can be addressed with dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and others. Dermal fillers are injected into the dermis beneath the wrinkle and, as their name implies, “fill” the wrinkle by pushing the skin back up where it has depressed to form the wrinkle.
There are different kinds of dermal fillers. Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid fillers. This is the naturally occurring substance in the human body that is responsible for plumping and hydrating the skin. Other fillers have synthetic materials that can fill in wrinkles and also encourage the body to produce new collagen. Each filler has different properties and is intended for different areas of the face. The one common thread is that they address static wrinkles and volume loss.
Dynamic wrinkles — those are the domain of Botox and its less popular competitor Dysport. These injectables are known as neurotoxins because they are made from the botulinum toxin. When injected in very small amounts into a muscle causing a wrinkle on the skin above, these injectables temporarily paralyze the muscle by blocking signals from the nerve to the brain. Since the brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, it doesn’t contract and the wrinkle above it doesn’t form.
The body gradually absorbs all injectables over time and the wrinkles they have erased return. At that point, it’s time for another session to renew your results.
So, don’t think those blood suckers get off scot-free when it comes to wrinkles. Want to do something about your wrinkles? Make an appointment with the team at Aesthetics Plastic Surgery of Delaware. Call us at 302-656-0214.