Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process that almost all people experience to some degree. Wrinkles are typically most noticeable around the eyes, lips, neck and hands.


As we age, the skin becomes drier and begins to lose the fat cells that keep it plump and smooth. Collagen and elastin, connective fibers of the dermis that help maintain the skin's structure, begin to break down, and the skin loses its ability to heal from sun damage or injury. As a result, wrinkles begin to form. Sun exposure, smoking, and heredity are factors that can increase the amount and severity of wrinkles.


The best way to prevent wrinkles is to protect skin from sources of damage. Avoid sunbathing and tanning booths, which expose the skin to harmful, penetrating wavelengths of light. Wear a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen when venturing outdoors in the sunlight. And refrain from smoking.


Once wrinkles have formed, treatment options may include retinoic acid, Botox injections, collagen and fat injections.