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Fine Lines

Hackettstown Medical Primary Care Partners Affiliate

Internal Medicine & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Hackettstown, NJ

Fine lines are a mild type of wrinkle that may surprise you with their early appearance. In fact, many patients see them start to appear in their twenties and thirties. At Hackettstown Medical Primary Care Partners Affiliate in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Keri Ingrassia-Squiers, DO, FACP, and nurse practitioner Denise Kelly-Jones, APN, can offer tips for minimizing and preventing fine lines on your face. To speak with a provider about fine lines, request an appointment by phone or online today.

Fine Lines Q & A

Is there a difference between wrinkles and fine lines?

Fine lines and wrinkles are undeniably similar, and the terms are nearly interchangeable. However, they’re entirely different features, and treating them often requires different approaches. 

Fine lines are usually the first to appear as you age. They’re generally small, shallow creases that don’t make your skin look loose. While one of their contributing factors is the collagen loss that occurs with age, they have more to do with your repeated movements than with overall collagen loss. They usually appear on your face in areas involved in your facial expressions, like near your eyes and mouth.

On the other hand, wrinkles are significantly deeper than fine lines. Some of your fine lines develop into wrinkles over time, while other wrinkles form as a result of the loss in your skin’s structure. Put simply, a wrinkle is a crease that is more than two millimeters deep.

What causes fine lines?

The causes of fine lines extend beyond simple facial movements. Other factors contribute to their amount, severity, and how early they develop. Your fine lines might be particularly apparent or plentiful because of:

  • Skin fairness
  • Skin dryness
  • Smoking
  • Time in the sun
  • Sleeping on your side

Some of these factors are related to your lifestyle. If you can avoid them, it might slow down the appearance of new fine lines. Others are unchangeable parts of your genetics that run in your family.

How can I minimize my fine lines?

Minimizing fine lines is often as simple as adding a few more skin care steps to your routine or stopping certain habits. To make your fine lines less defined, Dr. Ingrassia-Squiers and Denise may recommend:

  • Using moisturizers
  • Using sunscreen (or avoiding direct sunlight)
  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating more antioxidant-rich foods (e.g., apples, beans, artichokes)
  • Getting enough sleep

If lifestyle changes alone don’t diminish your fine lines, treatments with TempSure® Envi™ are known to reduce fine lines by tightening your skin and repairing your tissues. 

Fine lines might be small, but their impact on your self-image can be significant. For tips and treatments to reduce or eliminate fine lines, call Hackettstown Medical Primary Care Partners or book an appointment online today.