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Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Is there a difference between a “fine lines” and a “wrinkles,” or are the two synonymous? I think the answer might depend on who you ask. Those who are discovering those first little tiny “fine lines” in their skin call them “wrinkles,” and those who have a lot of wrinkles really prefer to think of them as “laugh lines” or “fine lines.”

Actually, fine lines are those that form on the fleshier parts of our faces ó the cheeks. They’re those little tiny lines that aren’t really deep enough to cast shadows and that aren’t visible except up close. They aren’t “grooves” the way that wrinkles are.

But fine lines are the first signs of aging (or abused) skin. And fine lines can begin forming long before the first full-grown wrinkle appears. Actually, we are laying the groundwork for fine lines to develop every time we go out the door without sunscreen on, or without sunglasses on, or without a wide-brimmed hat on.

Aging is the number one cause of both fine lines and wrinkles, but overexposure and unprotected exposure to sunlight runs a very close second.

Fine lines and wrinkles are treated in basically the same way by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Dermabrasion is one solution, but the depth of the dermabrasion procedure is less when fine lines are the problem.

Some say that fine lines are those expression lines caused by laughing or frowning. Some say they’re caused by repeated facial expressions. Some also say that those are the very same things that cause (or at least worsen) wrinkles.

The truth is none of us want either fine lines or wrinkles ever. Sadly, the other truth is that if we live long enough, we’re going to have an abundance of both.

Athré Facial Plastics offers patients the non-surgical treatments they need to enhance their appearance with little downtime and natural-looking results. Dr. Athré works with each individual patient to customize a treatment plan designed for his or her unique concerns and condition.