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RHYTIDES (WRINKLES)
Rhytides or wrinkles are visible creases or folds in the skin.
Fine wrinkles is <1 mm in width while coarse wrinkles is >1 mm in width.
The decision to treat wrinkles depends on the degree that they bother the patient, the nature and severity of the wrinkles, and the patient's willingness to accept the risks and costs of treatment.
The patient should understand that protection from the sun at any age will reduce the risk of photoaging (including wrinkles), actinic keratoses and squamous cell cancer.

Patient Education

Sun Protection

  • Patient should be made to understand that protection from the sun at any age will reduce the risk of photoaging (including wrinkles), actinic keratoses & squamous-cell cancer
    • Reduction of basal cell cancer risk depends primarily on decreasing sun exposure during childhood
  • Treatments for wrinkles are less effective & may be more hazardous w/o adequate sun protection

Protection Strategies

  • Wide-brimmed hats & protective clothing
  • Staying out of the sun
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