Wrinkles are folds, ridges or creases in the skin. Skin wrinkles typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation. Wrinkling in the skin is caused by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors. Most people begin their first wrinkles in the area around the eyes and mouth.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but they’re most prominent on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, neck, hands and forearms. Although genetics are the most important determinant of skin structure and texture, sun exposure is the major contributor to wrinkles. Environmental exposure, such as to heat, wind and dust, as well as smoking, also may contribute to wrinkling.
If you are looking for treatments, you have more options than ever to help eliminate or at least diminish their appearance. Medications, skin-resurfacing techniques, fillers, injectables and surgery top the list of effective wrinkle treatments.