Wrinkles are folds or creases in the skin, also referred to as rhytides . These are a typical sign of aging, although the first creases often appear as a result of facial expressions. Wrinkles tend to appear on areas of the body which receive much sun exposure, such as the face and the arms.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles first form when facial muscles contract, causing the skin to crease. In a younger individual, the skin is supple and able to spring back, smoothing out the fold. During the aging process, however, the skin loses elasticity and becomes thin and dry, making creases more permanent. It is also unable to protect itself well from damage.
Certain factors can promote wrinkling, such as:
Smoking and Drinking - smoking reduces blood supply to the skin and accelerates aging while alcohol dries the skin out
Exposure to the Sun - UV rays break down collagen and elastin, which give the skin its elasticity
Heredity - some families have wrinkle-prone skin in their genes
Skin Type - light skin is more easily damaged by overexposure to the sun
What You Can Do
Finer wrinkles can be reduced with topical retinoids and over-the-counter wrinkle creams. To decrease deeper furrows or gain longer-lasting results, however, our dermatologists at Skin MD offer botulinum toxin injections. This anti-aging treatment relaxes targeted facial muscles and gives a smoother, more youthful appearance. Consult with us to find out if botox injection is just the treatment your skin needs!
No More Wrinkles Ruining Your Look
Wrinkles can easily add years to your appearance. Fortunately, the board-certified dermatologists of Skin MD can smooth out your skin just as easily. All you have to do is schedule a consultation with us!