Wrinkled Skin

What Causes Skin Wrinkles?

Skin wrinkles can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose skin wrinkles, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "skin wrinkles" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
  • Premature Aging

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recently quitting smoking
average balance
great loss of muscle tone
waking up with dry eyes
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
slow reaction time
secondhand smoke exposure
rapidly declining health
specific muscle weakness
recent moderate tobacco smoking
much reduced sense of smell
smoking over a pack a day
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of skin wrinkles:
Cause Probability Status
Premature Aging 90% Confirm
Cigarette Smoke Damage 52% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Symptoms Of Aging section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about wrinkled skin:
Compared to other people of your age, how wrinkled is your skin?
Possible responses:
→ About average / don't know
→ I have fewer wrinkles than most
→ I probably have more wrinkles than average
→ I definitely have more wrinkles than others my age
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either reduced skin wrinkling or increased skin wrinkling, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cigarette Smoke Damage

As with skin that is overexposed to sunlight, smoking causes thickening and fragmentation of elastin, the elastic fibers that are long and smooth in healthy skin.  Smoking also depletes the skin's oxygen supply by reducing circulation.  It decreases the formation of collagen, the skin's main structural component, and may reduce the water content of the skin, all of which increase wrinkling.  Sometimes it is easy to spot someone with 'smoker's face'.

Premature/Signs of Aging

Our outward appearance says a lot about what is going on inside our body: If a person appears to be aging prematurely then it is probably not just occurring on the outside.

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