The Forming Of Fine Facial Wrinkles — Rhytids And What We Can Do To Help

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Unlike other wrinkles, which often go deep into the skin, rhytids are softer, finer lines and minor creases. Usually, they appear first on the forehead, between the brows and the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). Though people may not notice them at first, they can become deeper and more obvious as time passes.


Genetics: A person’s genetics has a significant impact on the way rhytids form.

UV rays and blue light exposure: Staying in the sun without proper protection or sitting in front of a screen for too long can accelerate the development of rhytids and wrinkles.

Smoking: Smoking is very damaging to the complexion because it blocks the production of collagen, which helps the skin stay firm. Without healthy collagen production, the skin collapses into folds.

Repetitive facial movements: Throughout our lifetime, our faces move repeatedly to create facial expressions, and these movements form rhytids and, eventually, deeper wrinkles.


There are many methods of treatment available that can work on reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Apply sunscreen every day to protect from blue light and UV ray exposure.

Use of topical retinoids (prescription) or medical grade vitamin C, lotions, and creams for the skin.

Injections of Botox are very effective in smoothing the crow’s feet, bunny lines, glabellar lines (between the brows), forehead lines, and dimpling in the chin.

Use facial fillers to support areas with static lines (lines caused by loss of fat and skin elasticity) in the lower eyelid, marionette lines, lip lines, cheek, and lateral brow.

Try chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and radiofrequency treatments, to tighten the skin.

For dry skin, apply daily moisturizer to help keep the skin hydrated and reduce the appearance of rhytids.

Though rhytids are nothing to be feared, they can be the signs of what may come. If you’d like to know more about these treatments or what treatment is right for you, call our office at (703) 620-4300 to set up an appointment today.  


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