Not all wrinkles are the same - discover the causes behind dynamic and static wrinkles and explore the treatment options available for each type. Discover the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles and why it's crucial for choosing the right treatment for your specific aging concerns.

What’s Worse – Static or Dynamic Wrinkles?

TL:DR Summary

  • Static Wrinkles: Lines that remain even when face is at rest
  • Dynamic Wrinkles: Expression lines from repeated muscle contractions like smiling
  • Causes: Aging, sun damage, smoking, dehydration slow collagen production
  • Static Treatment: Retinoids, hyaluronic acid, microneedling, fillers boost collagen
  • Dynamic Treatment: Botox relaxes muscles to soften expression lines
  • Takeaway: While wrinkles are natural, treatments can reduce their appearance
This table provides a simplified overview of how microneedling can affect wrinkles, focusing on the key impacts, their explanations, and the general timeline for seeing results.
Effect of Microneedling on Wrinkles


In my years in the aesthetics field, I’ve talked a lot about wrinkles with clients and experts. People often ask, “What’s worse, static or dynamic wrinkles?” It’s a common question, and the answer isn’t simple. Static wrinkles are those lines that stay on your face even when it’s at rest. Dynamic wrinkles appear with movement, like when you smile or frown. Both types tell stories of our lives, emotions, and experiences.

In the article below, I’ll dive deeper into this topic. We’ll look at what causes these wrinkles and how they affect our skin. I believe in keeping things clear and straightforward.

So, let’s explore this together in a way that’s easy to understand. I’ll share insights from my experience and what I’ve learned from research. This way, you’ll get a full picture of static and dynamic wrinkles.

There are mainly two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. Dynamic wrinkles form due to repeated muscle movements, leaving fine lines etched in youthful skin, turning into cracks in our mature years.

The Two Types of Wrinkles: Which One Do You Have?

I’ve been noticing more fine lines and wrinkles on my face lately. Turns out, there are two main types of wrinkles that form on our skin as we age.

The first type is dynamic wrinkles. These are caused by repeated facial expressions, like squinting, smiling or frowning. I’m definitely guilty of furrowing my brow when I’m concentrating! Over time, these repeated muscle movements etch lines into our skin. They usually start out as fine lines when we’re younger.

The second type is static wrinkles. These form as our skin loses elasticity and collagen as we get older. Exposure to UV rays and smoking can make these wrinkles worse. Static wrinkles remain visible even when our face is relaxed.

The key is taking steps to prevent both types of wrinkles. I’m making an effort to wear sunscreen daily, moisturize, and relax my face. For my dynamic wrinkles, I’m considering Botox injections to help those muscles chill out. And for the static ones, dermal fillers could help plump them up. Consulting with a dermatologist is on my to-do list to come up with a plan tailored for my skin. Here’s to embracing our wrinkles gracefully!

Forehead lines are those pesky horizontal wrinkles that appear when you raise your eyebrows. With a little Botox magic, you can bid adieu to these lines and enjoy a smoother, more youthful look.

Why do we get Wrinkles?

I’ve been thinking about wrinkles lately. It’s a topic that crosses my mind more often as I get older. I remember when I first noticed fine lines around my eyes in my mid-20s. They were barely visible then, but now, a decade later, they’ve deepened into noticeable creases.

As it turns out, wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process. Our skin loses collagen and elastin as we get older, which are the proteins that keep our skin firm and elastic. This loss causes our skin to become thinner and more prone to damage from facial expressions we make every day.

Dynamic wrinkles appear when we smile or frown, while static wrinkles are visible even when our face is relaxed. While dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeated facial movements, static wrinkles are mostly a result of the ageing process itself.

So, while we can’t completely avoid wrinkles, there are things we can do to minimize their appearance. Protecting our skin from the sun is a big one, since UV exposure breaks down collagen and elastin. Staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and using skincare products with ingredients like retinol and vitamin C can also help keep our skin looking its best. The key is to embrace the natural ageing process while taking steps to maintain healthy, radiant skin along the way.

What Are Static Wrinkles?

In my years at Wellaholic, I’ve seen many faces, each telling its own story through lines and folds. Static wrinkles are those constant reminders, etched into our skin, unaffected by our smiles or frowns.

They differ from the dynamic wrinkles that come and go with our expressions. As we age, our skin’s collagen production slows down. This protein keeps our skin firm and bouncy.

Without enough of it, what starts as fine lines deepen into static wrinkles. You might notice them as forehead lines, crow’s feet, or nasolabial folds.

But there is hope. Treatments like dermal fillers can bring back some of the volume lost over time, softening these marks of experience.

Dynamic lines are primarily caused by facial movements and expressions, such as when we frown, laugh, or express surprise.

What Are Dynamic Wrinkles?

In my years at Wellaholic, I’ve seen how our expressions leave their mark on our skin. Dynamic wrinkles, or the lines that show up when we move our faces, are a part of this story. Every time we smile, frown, or squint, our skin folds a bit. At first, these lines only show when our muscles move. But over time, they can dig in deeper.

These wrinkles come about as our skin starts making less collagen and elastin. These two proteins keep our skin firm and bouncy. As we use our facial muscles, lines become more noticeable, especially in areas where our skin moves a lot.

That’s where treatments like Botox come in. They help relax these muscles, softening the lines that our emotions have etched into our faces.

Can Dynamic Lines Become Static Lines?

In my time at Wellaholic, I’ve learned to see every line on the face as a story, not just a mark. There are two main types: dynamic and static. Dynamic lines come from our laughs, frowns, and surprises. They’re like temporary guests, showing up with our emotions and disappearing when we’re at rest.

But with time, these guests can decide to stay, turning into static lines. These are the lines that remain even when our face is relaxed, becoming a part of us. They appear as our skin starts to age and loses its bounce-back ability.

So, a smile or a frown line that once only visited can become a permanent resident on our face.

The treatment for static wrinkles usually involves the use of dermal fillers, a type of cosmetic procedure.

Treatment for Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles show up even when we’re not moving our faces. They’re different from those expression lines we all get. Instead, they come from ageing, too much sun, or habits like smoking.

To smooth them out, we often use dermal fillers. This treatment plumps up the area, especially around the mouth, making the skin look smoother.

Dermal fillers have collagen, which keeps our skin firm and young. But as we get older, we make less collagen, and that’s when static wrinkles appear. Fillers not only hide these lines but also can get our skin to make more collagen. This way, they offer a non-surgical way to keep our skin looking young.

Dynamic wrinkles are one kind of wrinkle associated with facial features that are frequently used for expressions. These wrinkles cause lines around areas like the eyes, lips, and particularly, the forehead. The skin here creases when we laugh, squint or frown, accentuating the formation of wrinkles. The treatment for dynamic wrinkles can largely be cosmetic in nature. Since the cause primarily involves the constant contracting and relaxing of facial muscles, temporary paralysis of these muscles can be a viable treatment. Hence, Botox injections are a common treatment for dynamic wrinkles. They work by blocking the signals from nerves to muscles, as a result, the injected muscle can no longer contract. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften, providing a smoother appearance to the skin. Regular treatments can reduce the prominence of these wrinkles over time.

Treatments for Dynamic Wrinkles

In my years at Wellaholic, I’ve seen how dynamic wrinkles tell the story of our expressions. They’re the lines that appear around our eyes, mouth, and especially the forehead when we express joy, surprise, or concern.

These wrinkles form from all the laughing, squinting, and frowning we do. To effectively treat dynamic wrinkles, it is crucial to focus on the underlying muscle movements causing them.

That’s where treatments like Botox come into play. Botox is a go-to for many of my clients because it targets the root of the issue – muscle contractions. By gently pausing these contractions, Botox helps smooth out the skin, softening those expression lines.

With regular treatments, the effects can maintain a more youthful, relaxed appearance, keeping those dynamic wrinkles in check.


So, which is worse? It’s not about one being worse than the other. They just tell different stories. Static wrinkles can show our age, as they often come from years of sun exposure or smoking. Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, show our emotions and are part of how we express ourselves.

If you’re looking to address these concerns, it’s not about choosing which type of wrinkle is worse. It’s about understanding your skin and what makes you feel confident. Whether static or dynamic, both types of wrinkles are natural. But if they bother you, there are ways to soften them. Remember, it’s all about how you feel in your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are static wrinkles?

Static wrinkles are the visible lines and folds that appear on the skin’s surface even at rest. They are different from dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that only appear when facial muscles contract.

What are dynamic wrinkles?

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements, such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. These wrinkles appear when the muscles contract and eventually become static wrinkles over time.

Which is worse, static or dynamic wrinkles?

Both static and dynamic wrinkles contribute to the aging process and can be concerning for individuals. However, static wrinkles are often considered worse because they are visible even when the face is at rest, whereas dynamic wrinkles only appear during facial expressions.

What causes static wrinkles?

Static wrinkles are primarily caused by the natural aging process, loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, and reduced skin elasticity. They can also be caused by factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking, and poor skincare habits.

What causes dynamic wrinkles?

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements, which eventually lead to the formation of wrinkles. Factors like facial expressions, sun damage, and the natural aging process contribute to the development of dynamic wrinkles.

What are the treatment options for static and dynamic wrinkles?

Treatment options for static and dynamic wrinkles include cosmetic procedures like Botox injections, dermal fillers, plastic surgery, and laser resurfacing. These treatments aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance. At Wellaholic, we offer FirmTox Facial. FirmTox™ Needle-Free Botox is a groundbreaking skincare solution that offers the rejuvenating benefits of traditional Botox without the need for needles. This innovative formula combines potent ingredients like Argireline and Matrixyl peptides, which work together to inhibit facial muscle movements, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Safe and suitable for all skin types, FirmTox provides an effective, non-invasive alternative for those seeking wrinkle reduction and skin revitalization.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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