Fine lines and wrinkles are among the most frequent concerns discussed when it comes to addressing aging or preventative care. The two terms are often grouped together, however they aren’t necessarily interchangeable. Fine lines and wrinkles are both visible indications of aging, but they differ in appearance, causes, and treatments for improvement.

What are fine lines?

Fine lines are thin, shallow lines that occur in areas of the face where the skin is more prone to movement, such as around the eyes and mouth. The severity of fine lines can increase or decrease based on a number of factors including hydration, UV exposure, exfoliation, etc. You may notice that during dry winter months, or if you’ve skimped on sunscreen applications, fine lines can appear to surface. Fine lines are not as severe as wrinkles and often are very responsive to home-care and treatments such as retinoids, SPF, collagen induction therapy, lasers, and consistent facials.

What are wrinkles?

In contrast to fine lines, wrinkles are deeper, more pronounced, and more set in the structure of the skin. Wrinkles are the result of cumulative UV damage, breakdown of dermal proteins and structural support of the skin, volume loss, and repeated muscle movement. They can occur in areas of the face that are regularly exposed to the sun along with our most commonly used facial muscles, such as the forehead, eyes, nasolabial fold, neck, and chest.

What are the treatment options?

  • Microneedling and RF Microneedling
  • Laser Treatments
  • Chemical Peels
  • Injectibles such as Botox/Filler
  • Topicals – Retinoids, antioxidants, sunscreen, moisturizers

It is essential to note that while both fine lines and wrinkles are normal signs of biological aging, factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and sun exposure aka damage can also exacerbate their appearance. Therefore, adopting healthy skin habits and protecting the skin from harmful environmental and inflammatory lifestyle factors can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming prematurely.

The best plan for treatment is a holistic plan, accounting for both treatments, home care, and tailored to your skin’s specific needs based on where you’re at. Beginning by booking a consultation is always the best place to start. See you in the treatment room!

XOXO, Kristen

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