Understanding The Difference Between Wrinkles & Laugh Lines    

Wrinkles and laugh lines, often referred to as crow's feet, are common facial skin imperfections that develop as we age. While they share some similarities, they are not the same, and understanding the differences can help you better manage and address these signs of ageing. As such, we’ll delve into the world of wrinkles and laugh lines, exploring what causes them, and how they differ.

What are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are the lines, creases, and folds that form on your skin as a natural part of the ageing process. These lines can appear anywhere on the face, neck, or other areas of the body. Wrinkles are a result of several factors:

  • Ageing

The primary cause of wrinkles is the natural ageing of the skin. As we get older, our skin becomes less elastic and thinner, making it more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Sun Exposure

Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure is a primary cause of premature skin ageing. When collagen and elastin in the skin are damaged by the sun's damaging UV rays, wrinkles develop.

  • Smoking

It is well known that smoking hastens the ageing process of the skin. By decreasing blood flow to the skin and robbing it of vital nutrients, it can exacerbate wrinkles.

  • Repetitive Facial Movements

Certain facial expressions, like squinting, frowning, and raising the eyebrows, can lead to the development of dynamic wrinkles. These lines appear when the same facial muscles are repeatedly engaged.

What are Laugh Lines (Crow's Feet)?

Laugh lines, also known as crow's feet, are a specific type of wrinkle that appears at the corners of the eyes. They earned the nickname "crow's feet" because they resemble the small, branching lines that form around the outer edges of a crow's eyes when it squints. Laugh lines are mainly associated with facial expressions and are a result of smiling and laughing.

The key factors contributing to laugh lines are:

  • Smiling and Laughing

As the name suggests, the primary cause of laugh lines is the repeated contraction of the muscles around the eyes when you smile and laugh. Over time, this constant muscle movement can lead to the development of these lines.

  • Ageing

While laugh lines are primarily due to facial expressions, ageing can exacerbate their appearance. As the skin ages and loses elasticity, the wrinkles around the eyes can become more pronounced.

How Do They Differ?

Understanding the differences between wrinkles and laugh lines is essential in determining how to manage and treat them effectively. Here's a breakdown of their distinctions:

  • Location

Wrinkles can appear anywhere on the face and body, whereas laugh lines specifically form at the corners of the eyes.

  • Cause

Wrinkles result from a combination of ageing, sun exposure, smoking, and repetitive facial expressions, while laugh lines are primarily caused by smiling and laughing.

  • Depth

Laugh lines tend to be shallower and finer than some deeper wrinkles that may appear on other areas of the face, such as the forehead or between the eyebrows.

  • Treatment

Both wrinkles and laugh lines can be treated, but the methods may differ. Laugh lines often respond well to treatments like Botox or facial fillers, which relax the muscles or add volume to the area. Wrinkles on other parts of the face may benefit from a broader range of treatments, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy.


Whether you’re looking to treat wrinkles or laugh lines, Tokyo Garden has got you covered. For lines and wrinkles, treatments, such as Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Anti-Wrinkle Treatment, Skinboosters, and hyaluronic acid facial fillers in Singapore, can help to reduce the signs of ageing. Laugh lines, on the other hand, can be effectively treated with our HA Dermal Fillers or 4D Laser Face Lift.

All of our treatments are carried out by our team of professional doctors, who have many years of experience in the dermatology and aesthetics field. However, what makes Tokyo Garden special is our dedication to producing the most natural-looking results, a commitment set out by our founder, Dr Oba.

To find out more about our treatments or to book an appointment, reach out to us here.