Lines and wrinkles are one of the first visible signs of aging. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we offer a variety of ways to reduce aging signs with non-surgical treatments and products.

What are Lines and Wrinkles?

Lines and wrinkles are the most recognizable form of aging and are what most people think of when the term “aging” comes to mind. Lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging skin but can be treated by reversing the effects or preventing them altogether (prejuvenation). In either case, surgery is not always necessary, and you can achieve excellent results with the help of a board-certified dermatologist.

Types of Lines and Wrinkles

Crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are fine lines that can appear at the corners of the eyes because of facial expressions like squinting or laughing. In many people, they’re one of the first places where fine lines appear.

Frown lines

Frown lines are lines or folds between the brows. They form when you frown or furrow your brow, causing a tired or frustrated appearance even if you don’t feel that way.

Brow lines

Some people simply have more expressive foreheads than others, which can contribute to the formation of creases and lines in the brow.

Smoker’s Lines

Fine lines around the lips can be the result of a lifetime of smoking or drinking through a straw. They’re often caused by repeated puckering of the lips, creating tiny creases around the mouth.

Sleep Lines

Sleep lines are caused by pressing your face into your pillow while sleeping. They tend to be vertical because they aren’t caused by natural expressions, but rather creasing that happens while you sleep.

What Causes Lines and Wrinkles?

There are generally two causes of lines and wrinkles. The first is a loss of volume that naturally comes with aging as collagen breaks down and is replenished less often by the body. This loss of volume can cause the skin to fold and wrinkle in on itself. The second cause is facial movements and natural expressions which contribute to “dynamic wrinkles.” These two causes can work together over time to create the appearance of aging if not prevented altogether.


How to Maximize Prevention and Repair the Damage

Dr. Cope is the author of Sun Proof: A Practical Guide for Sun-Damaged Skin. How to Maximize Prevention and Repair the Damage. In it, Dr. Cope details easy and accessible steps for improving your skin and reversing the harmful effects of sun exposure. Using the latest and most scientifically-backed studies on sun damage, Dr. Cope has created a guide to achieving healthier, more radiant skin with the best tips, tricks, and tools available.


What Are My Treatment Options for Lines and Wrinkles?

The best way to treat lines and wrinkles is through a combination approach. These options might include:

  • BOTOX®, Dysport®, or Jeuveau®
  • Retinol
  • Sun Protection
  • RF Microneedling

Injectables like BOTOX and skincare products containing retinols are some of the most effective ways to prevent wrinkle formation (especially dynamic wrinkles). Additionally, more aggressive treatments like RF microneedling can help reverse the appearance of lines and wrinkles that have already formed, along with stimulating collagen production for firmer, plumper skin. Virtually any patient can benefit from a customized anti-aging regimen created by our experienced skincare team.

Maintaining Healthy Skin with Lines and Wrinkles

The best way to maintain young-looking skin is by keeping up on your anti-aging treatments and using a physician-grade skincare regimen at home. For treatments like BOTOX, you should return every 3-4 months for retreatment while skincare treatments like RF microneedling can be done several weeks apart. Maintaining collagen growth is key to preventing aging signs by keeping your skin tight and smooth for the long term.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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