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What Are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin that would likely top any list of common aging complaints. Anti-aging treatments for wrinkles depends on both the location and underlying cause of the wrinkles. Some are due to skin laxity — the loss of the elasticity of younger skin. This shows where skin is typically thinnest, and therefore without the support tissue found in other areas. Usually, this starts around the eyes — think crow’s feet — before progressing to the neck and jawline. This is where jowls start to form. For skin laxity, treatments that warm collagen and stimulate new growth often provide visible improvement.

Wrinkles, such as worry or frown lines, come from expression muscles. These create a base over which skin has no option other than to mimic the shape of the contracted muscle. Botox-style treatments cause the offending muscles to relax, smoothing the appearance of the treatment area.

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What causes wrinkles?

Wrinkles can be caused by a combination of factors.

The main factors that cause wrinkles are as follows:

  • Age
  • Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light
  • Smoking
  • Repeated facial expressions