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Alternate Names : Rhytids

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Skin wrinkles are grooves in the skin. Wrinkles can be on the surface of the skin or can be quite deep.

What is going on in the body?

Skin loses its strength and elasticity, or ability to stretch, as a person ages. This makes the skin less able to smooth out, which is thought to be part of the cause of wrinkles and skin sagging seen in the elderly. Sun exposure also contributes to the development of wrinkles.

What are the causes and risks of the symptom?

A number of factors can cause wrinkles, including the following:

  • loss of elasticity with age
  • sun damage
  • repeated facial movements, such as frowning
  • natural effects of gravity, which cause sagging of the skin as a person ages
  • People at highest risk for wrinkles include:

  • fair-skinned people
  • people who spend a lot of time in the sun
  • people who have family members with a lot of wrinkles


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    Wrinkles: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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