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Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles


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Is there a difference between “fine lines” and “wrinkles,” or are the two synonymous skin conditions? The answer might depend on who you ask.

Those who are discovering those first little tiny fine lines in their skin may call them wrinkles, and those who have a lot of wrinkles typically prefer to think of them as fine lines, or alternately, “laugh lines.”

How Are Fine Lines Different From Wrinkles

Fine lines are those that form on the fleshier parts of our faces, such as the cheeks. They are those little, superficial lines that aren’t really deep enough to cast shadows, and aren’t visible except for up close. You wouldn’t consider them to be “grooves” in the skin the way that wrinkles sometimes are.

Causes of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines are the first signs of aging (or damaged) skin. Fine lines can begin forming long before the first full-grown wrinkle even appears. Actually, every time we go out the door without sunscreen, sunglasses, or a wide-brimmed hat, we are laying groundwork for fine lines to develop as a result of sun and UV-ray damage. 

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

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 many of us want neither 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.

Treatment for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

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 — rather than wrinkles — are the problem.

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.

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Athré Facial Plastics offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery options and non-surgical cosmetic and skincare treatments. Find the right one for you by contacting our office at (281) 557-3223 or by clicking the button below to request a virtual consultation.

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Dr. Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology, Head/Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

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