What are the types of wrinkles and how can they be treated?

Faltenbehandlung München

As a child, we all have fine-pored, delicate skin. During puberty it usually becomes oily, and in adulthood it is dry, oily or of the “combination skin” type. And with increasing age, there is another “effect”: The skin forms wrinkles sooner or later, stronger or weaker. And this especially in the face. Do you know what types of wrinkles there are and how they can be treated? In this article you will get valuable knowledge about wrinkles and wrinkle treatment!

Skin aging is caused by time aging and light aging

A significant part of our skin aging is due to the so-called “time aging”, which we can hardly influence ourselves. It is primarily related to biological age. Over the years, the fibrous components that keep the skin smooth and supple lose elasticity. In addition, the proportion of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which act as water reservoirs and plump the skin, is lost in the skin. In the superficial layers it becomes drier, epidermis and dermis become thinner and more vulnerable. In addition, the connective tissue also loses strength over time. All effects together lead to a reduction of the skin’s elasticity and thus to the formation of wrinkles and folds.

So-called “light aging” also plays a role in this aging process, because UV rays from the sun or solarium are also to blame for the formation of wrinkles and pigment spots and can accelerate the aging processes of the skin.

Other factors in the formation of wrinkles include individual lifestyle, consumption of alcohol and nicotine, the intensity of skin care, and repetitive movements of the muscles in the face.

Dr. Tatjana Pavicic

Dr. Tatjana Pavicic is a specialist in dermatology and venereology with her own practice in Munich. She is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic dermatology with a special focus on dermocosmetics, botulinum toxin, fillers and lasers.

These are the most common types of wrinkles
Brow wrinkles

Heavy forehead muscle activity (e.g., frequent frowning) contributes to the skin on the forehead creating transverse wrinkles that can become ingrained over time. This is colloquially referred to as worry lines or the thinker’s forehead.


Due to predisposition or in the course of the years, the so-called frown line can develop between the eyebrows. It is especially common in people who are concentrated and work at a high intellectual level. The frown line often leaves a negative, unfriendly or tense facial expression.

Crown feet

This describes small wrinkles around the eyes, which become visible especially when squinting. This happens especially when laughing, so they are also called laugh lines. If the crow’s feet are not only visible when laughing, but always, many sufferers feel disturbed by the wrinkles.

Nose wrinkles

The so-called bunny lines are formed between the bridge of the nose and the corner of the eye. They are especially likely to develop in people who frequently lift or wrinkle their nose. Dry and/or sun-damaged skin also often shows these nose wrinkles. They can often make the face look old, unhealthy, stressed, severe or used up.

Nasolabial folds

They are caused by stress, little sleep, increased consumption of alcohol and nicotine, severe weight loss or as a result of weak connective tissue. If the wrinkles, which extend from the wings of the nose to the corners of the mouth, are pronounced, those affected often appear older, dogged or haggard.

Lip wrinkles

Environmental factors, sunlight, direct, prolonged sunbathing, predisposition and/or increased activity of the muscles around the lips and mouth can promote the development and severity of lip wrinkles.

Marionette wrinkles

These are steep and deep wrinkles that extend from the corner of the mouth to the chin. They give rise to a scowling or even sad facial expression. They are also called mentolabial folds or colloquially Merkel wrinkles.

Chin wrinkles

Chin wrinkles can appear especially in people of a more mature age. Those affected often find them unattractive, as they change not only the appearance of the face, but also the contours of the chin.

Neck wrinkles

The skin on the neck is also prone to wrinkles and becomes slacker over the years. As a result, it often begins to sag below the chin. The skin becomes loose, so to speak, and bends to gravity. The effects of neck wrinkles are often referred to as “turkey neck.”


Have you found yourself in the types of wrinkles mentioned above and are interested in wrinkle treatment? In our private practice for dermatology and aesthetics in Munich, we rely on a whole range of different methods for wrinkle treatment. Our innovative, non-surgical therapies are effective and have proven their worth. Depending on the initial situation and the type of wrinkles, they can be applied individually or in combination.

Possible treatments include Botox or fillers (hyaluronic acid), chemical peeling, Ultherapy (ultrasound facelifting without surgery) or LASEMD to introduce cosmeceuticals into the skin.

You are welcome to make an appointment with us in our practice if you would like to find out more about wrinkle treatment – or if you have already chosen a particular treatment!

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