The Mechanics of Wrinkles

The Mechanics of Wrinkles

No one wants to talk about it, but it happens to everyone and is almost as certain as death and taxes: aging. Unless you have the luck of amazing genes, aging - and most notably, wrinkles - is nearly unavoidable. Wrinkles are not only a part of aging, but also make a difference in how we take care of our skin, what cosmetics we choose and even the clothes we wear.

But what causes wrinkles? Researchers at the University of Southampton's Centre for Advanced Tribology in conjunction with scientists from the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory at the University of Cape Town set out to answer this question using a very surprising approach: biomechanics.

Scientists from the schools created a series of quantitative computer models to create 3-D models of wrinkles to help skin care researchers identify the physics involved in their development. The researchers hope that by identifying these characteristics, they could help to advance the development of new approaches to both treat existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.

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