How do Fine Lines Differ From Wrinkles?

We’ve all heard the phrase “fine lines and wrinkles,” but you may have questions on what each of these terms actually refers to, and, perhaps more importantly, which aesthetic treatments are appropriate for which. At Avanti Medical Center in Lehi, UT, co-owner and medical director Kellie Lewis, FNP helps patients understand which anti-wrinkle solutions may be most effective for their particular concerns. Here, you’ll find answers to your questions about the difference between fine lines and wrinkles, including what causes these changes in your skin and how you can restore a smoother, more youthful look.


Fine lines vs. wrinkles on the face

When we talk about noticeable signs of aging, we often say that fine lines and wrinkles are the first to appear — but these terms are necessarily interchangeable. Fine lines refer to early, thin creases on the face that are superficial in nature and may be associated with facial expressions, like smiling or squinting. True wrinkles, on the other hand, are typically deeper-set in the tissue, more prominent, and noticeable even while the face is at rest. A common example of fine lines includes Crow’s feet, while nasolabial folds and marionette lines are typically classified as true wrinkles.


Which treatment do I need for fine lines?

The appropriate anti-wrinkle treatment for you will depend on the nature of your lines and wrinkles, as well as other individual factors. Some of the most popular solutions for smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles include:


During your initial consultation for aesthetic treatments in Lehi, UT, our team will closely examine your lines and wrinkles, discuss your available options, and help you select a treatment that will be most appropriate and effective for you.


Which types of wrinkles does BOTOX work on?

BOTOX injections are designed to relax dynamic wrinkles, referring to those caused by years’ worth of facial expressions and muscle movements. These include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Squinting lines
  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines
  • Brow wrinkles
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Glabellar lines (1, 11, 111 lines)


Some of the lines that BOTOX is used to treat may be considered fine lines — like Crow’s feet. Other lines that seem to deepen over time and/or are associated with skin laxity and facial volume loss may be better suited to treatment with an injectable dermal filler, like JUVÉDERM.


Should I get BOTOX or fillers?

Because most patients have a combination of fine lines and wrinkles across their faces, pairing wrinkle relaxers and fillers often provides the best opportunity for a more complete, natural-looking, and age-defying transformation. In addition, patients may benefit from routine skin care treatments to keep their complexion looking even smoother and more youthful between injectable appointments. Again, our knowledgeable team will work closely with you to create a customized anti-aging treatment plan that can keep your lines and wrinkles at bay for longer.


Lines and wrinkles are no match for professional aesthetic treatments in Lehi, UT

If you look in the mirror and see creases on your face but don’t know which anti-wrinkle treatment is right for you, we can help. Call Avanti Medical Center in Lehi, UT to schedule your consultation with medical director Kellie Lewis, FNP, and let us help you restore a smoother, younger appearance you can feel confident about.

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