Wrinkles: What are they and what causes them
Wrinkles are often regarded as one of the most prominent signs of aging, and a constant source of concern for many. It is a very common concern in dermatology, and one that can be difficult to treat, as it is not a disease to be cured, but a process that is ongoing. There are various types of wrinkles, which are named for the region that it affects. While wrinkles are not a disease, its appearance can be improved, and its appearance can be delayed through lifestyle adjustments. Once formed, they can be a challenge to treat, but recent advances in cosmetology offer many options such as Botox and facelifts, which can make significant improvements in the appearance of wrinkles.
As we age, the skin becomes thin and dry. Elasticity is also decreased, and fat tissues which fill in damage also decreases as we age, creating the environment for wrinkling to occur. Aging is a continual process and thus, cannot be prevented. However, lifestyle adjustments can delay the process and make a significant difference.
One of the most concerning effects of overexposure to UV light, is premature aging, also called photo-aging. Sun damage is cumulative and the effects of it are often not immediately evident, yet every time the skin is exposed to sunlight, damage is being done long-term. Minimizing sun damage over the years can add 10 or more years to your skin's appearance, and slow down the formation of wrinkles, and will also have other health benefits.
Gravity and Facial Muscles
Gravity can, over decades have a profound effect on the contour of the face. Facial expressions such as smiling and frowning wear down at the muscles. Over many decades, this takes its toll and cause wrinkles to become more prominent. Forehead lines are often most heavily affected by facial muscles.
Environmental factors such as exposure to pollution or lifestyle factors such as smoking or drinking and nutrition can play a major effect. The common factor here is constant and perpetual exposure over the years.
As can be seen, some of the factors such as sun exposure and smoking can be controlled while others, such as genetics, aging and gravity are beyond our control. Common in all of these factors is that small factors add up over decades, so it is never too late to make lifestyle adjustments to improve the skin's appearance and overall health.