Fine lines and wrinkles form from the natural aging process, sun-damage, injury, smoking, and other genetic factors. Signs of aging are often referred to as fine lines and wrinkles, making it appear as if these are the same condition. However, fine lines differ from wrinkles and require specialized treatments. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats fine lines for men and women living all over the world.
What are Fine Lines?
When there is an irregular thickening of the skin and when your skin is not retaining enough water, fine lines can develop. Fine lines have distinct characteristics that delineate them from wrinkles and require specialized treatments. People often see fine lines in their 20’s or 30’s, sometimes not until their 40’s, but it depends on a variety of factors including genetics, skin type, sun exposure, life style and pollution. Fine lines:
- Are the first indications of aging skin
- Develop earlier in life
- Develop in areas where there are repetitive movements, such as the corners of the eyes
- Are shallower and smaller
- Respond more effectively to treatments because they are on the outer surface of the skin
- May develop into wrinkles or folds if left untreated
What Causes Fine Lines?
As collagen and elastin break down and your body produces less of these substances, the skin is susceptible to developing fine lines. An individual person may or may not develop fine lines. Some of the risk factors for fine lines are:
- Family History and Genetics
- Having Light Skin
- Spending Time Outdoors
- Hyperdynamic Muscles
- Squinting from Sun or Cellphone Usage
How are Fine Lines Treated?
Because fine lines are superficial in nature, treatments that improve the outer layer of skin may reduce fine lines. Dr. Waibel may recommend a standalone treatment or combination of treatments, such as:
- Laser Treatments
- Dermal Fillers and Neurotoxin Injectables
- Prescription Skin Care Products
- Chemical Peels