What causes Wrinkles?

Another common name for wrinkles are also “rhytides” which is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin. Wrinkles or rhytides can occur on any part of the body but are most commonly noticed first on the facial areas. For example, fine lines around the mouth and eyes can occur first as well as the cheek and forehead areas.

There are many factors which can contribute to wrinkles forming besides aging, which is a normal process. Smoking, sun exposure, heredity, frowning or smiling excessively, and the loss of subcutaneous fat that accompanies aging and weight loss.

Things we can do to prevent some of the wrinkling process include topical moisturizers, vitamin-c, topical retinols, sunscreen, washing your face twice daily to remove make up and particles, and using warm water to cleanse in.

When wrinkles do occur they can start to bother some people. So much so that they want to do more to correct them. There are quite a few options for wrinkle correction in the dermatology and cosmetic world. The most common way is to use Botox to relax the muscles under the wrinkled area which will allow that skin to lay smoother. There are fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane which will also fill the areas which have lost the subcutaneous fat causing it to smooth and look fuller. One may choose to go less invasive with Laser/light resurfacing such as a Fraxel to deplete the entire surface area of wrinkles and creases. There are chemical peels and microdermabrasion options to assist in the reduction of wrinkles as well.

It is always best to meet with your dermatologist to determine which option would be best for you.

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