Alternate Names : Rhytids
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
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
repeated facial movements, such as frowning
natural effects of gravity, which cause sagging of the skin as a person
People at highest risk for wrinkles include:
people who spend a lot of time in the sun
people who have family members with a lot of wrinkles