Wrinkles are small folds in the skin developing over time. Most people dread wrinkles and try anti-aging creams and other more or less effective products to alleviate them. Aesthetic medicine now offers a lot of anti-wrinkles treatments : Botox and hyaluronic acid injections, PRP injections and many more.

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What causes wrinkles to form and worsen

About wrinkles

Wrinkles are little grooves in the skin. They are caused by loss of elasticity, firmness and a lack of skin hydration. Over time, collagen and elastin production slows down and wrinkles start to appear in natural skinfolds.

Alleviating wrinkles and folds with filler injections is an efficient approach for static wrinkles. Static wrinkles develop because of aging and skin laxity. Examples of static wrinkles are the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth corners) and the bitterness folds (mouth corners to chin).

What causes wrinkles ?

Wrinkles result from combined causes :

  • Wrinkles will always result from natural aging of the skin, when cell regeneration slows down. The first wrinkles can appear at the age of 30 and become more pronounced over time.
  • Stress can also make wrinkles appear earlier. Stress related hormones can have a negative impact on skin cells and therefore an oxidative effect on the body.
  • Hormone decreases, especially at menopause, can also cause wrinkles to become more visible.
  • Several external factors are know to contribute to wrinkle formation. Ultraviolet rays cause the elastin production to slow down, which makes skin lose firmness and elasticity.
  • Smoking can also speed up the skin’s aging process. Substances contained in cigarettes can degrade hyaluronic acid (contributing to skin hydration) and affect the vascular system (allowing blood flowing into tissues).
  • The lack of hydration is a factor contributing to winkle formation. When skin dries out, wrinkles tend to develop quicker and to be more pronounced. The lack of sleep also contributes to skin aging and wrinkles.