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What are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are a natural and normal condition of the skin wherein the skin develops deep creases over time. They are a natural function of aging but also can be affected by lifestyle choices and genetics. Wrinkles do not cause any physical discomfort but their appearance can cause some emotional and psychological distress. For this reason, many seek out treatments and remedies that can either reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.

Signs and Symptoms of Wrinkles

Wrinkles can appear anywhere on the skin but are most common in sun-exposed areas such as the face and neck. Signs of wrinkles include:

  • Deep creases in the corners of the eyes or in the nasolabial fold and around the mouth
  • Furrows around the neck
  • Lines above the upper lip
  • Lines across the forehead or neck

Wrinkles can begin as fine lines which deepen over time.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are the result of aging, which results in the loss of collagen and other proteins in the skin. As we age, we also repeat certain movements and expressions again and again, which can deepen wrinkles. Lifestyle choices such as smoking and getting too much sun can also increase your chance of developing wrinkles. There is also a genetic component; some people are more predisposed to develop wrinkles due to inherited traits.

How to Prevent Wrinkles

There are many steps individuals can take to prevent or slow the development of wrinkles. As a primary line of defense, patients can engage in lifestyle choices that promote healthy skin. These options include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Not smoking
  • Eating healthy, vitamin-rich foods each day
  • Lines across the forehead or neck

Sleeping on one’s back can also help slow down the development of wrinkles on the face and chest, as can getting enough sleep each night.

Topical interventions that can slow the formation of wrinkles include retinoids and moisturizers. Individuals can use these products on a regular basis to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier, reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase the production of collagen in the skin.

It is also recommended that individuals wear sunscreen on a daily basis.

How Wrinkles are Treated

One of the most common ways to treat wrinkles is through the application of topical retinoids, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic creams with peptides, retinol and antioxidants can also help. For deeper wrinkles, medical procedures are often necessary. These procedures can be done quickly and easily in a dermatologist’s office and include laser resurfacing, photodynamic therapy, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Patients might also consider getting injectable dermal fillers to fill in particularly deep furrows or to combat volume loss that increase the appearance of certain wrinkles.


PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face. Learn More


Microdermabrasion, also known as microderm, uses tiny crystals that are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the epidermis. Learn More


Photofacials use IPL light treatment to affect and improve the appearance and condition of skin. Learn More

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface. Learn More

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