Wrinkles, also known as rhytydes, are one of the biggest indicators of skin ageing and as such people spend billions of pounds every year trying to get rid of them. As we age we lose collagen and elastin in our skin and this, combined with the effects of time and gravity, as well as lifestyle factors, causes our skin to wrinkle. Some wrinkles appear as small lines while others create deeper ridges or folds, also known as "furrows". Wrinkles can either be "dynamic" in that they are caused by facial movement and may only be visible when moving the face, or "static" where they are caused by loss of elasticity in the skin as well as outside factors such as the sun or smoking and are visible even when you are not moving your face.
As we age our skin becomes less plump and supple and time takes it's toll. Facial movement and expressions, sun damage, stress, dehydration and lifestyle factors such as drinking, diet, alcohol and drugs can all contribute to the formation of skin wrinkles.
You can get wrinkles anywhere but the most obvious, and those people generally want to get treated, are on the face. Our faces are where we most readily show the signs of ageing as we use our facial muscles to express our emotions, which over time causes lines. Our faces also have most exposure to the sun. The backs of the hands are also a common place to find wrinkles.
Marionette lines are the lines running from the corners of the mouth towards the chin.
Nasolabial folds are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They are also known as "smile lines".
Glabella lines are the lines at the bridge of the nose and are also known as frown lines
Lines appear on the forehead due to the contraction of the muscles when raising or lowering the eyebrows. They are also known as or "worry lines"
Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process – we all get them. The severity of your wrinkles however will depend largely on how much time you spend/have spent in the sun, genetics, your weight (wrinkles are more prevalent on those who are thin or underweight) and whether or not you smoke, drink or take drugs.