• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
creping skin

Wrinkles is considered as the most common sign of aging. Everyone age and get wrinkles… and we all desire to eliminate them. But there is no easy solution when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles and facial lines. That is because our face has different types of wrinkles, and each one requires a certain treatment plan tailored to treat them. One of the most common type of wrinkles is creping skin.

What is Cheek Creping?

Although crepes filled with fruits or ice cream may be delicious to look at, crepey skin isn’t. Waffley or crepey skin is loose wrinkled skin that appears as skin surface sagging, similar to thin pancake-like crepes.

There are times when wrinkles not only extend vertically from the cheek hollow to the jaw line. In some cases, it can appear horizontally on the flat surface of your cheek hollows.

Causes and Effects of Creping Skin

There are three main causes why creping or crêpey skin forms. First, when the body reduces the production of collagen and elastin – the proteins essential for the skin the contract and stretch, the skin starts to wrinkle and sag. Aging skin exhibits itself in facial wrinkles and deep lines for many people, but for others, tinier, more prolific wrinkles appear mainly on the face, neck and hands, which gives the skin a creping appearance. When the creping skin starts, it may get even worse without intervention.

Another reason to crêpey skin is the moisture that retains in the skin. As you age, the skin will start to feel drier since the body stops generating new skin cells that it did before. This results to slow down in the production of oil that are useful in getting rid of dead skin cells and even pathogens.

Lastly, the loss of fat could be another cause of crêpey skin. Since the skin gets thinner, it doesn’t have enough fatty layer beneath and thus, hence wrinkles may start to form.

Other factors that cause creping skin. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Decrease in the production of collagen and elastin molecules
  • Rapid and extreme weight loss
  • Dehydration in the skin
  • Sun damage
  • Gravity
  • Environmental factors

Effects of creping skin include:

  • Loose folds of skin
  • Crinkly texture to the skin
  • Lack of radiance
  • Sagging skin
  • Deep lines and wrinkles

Aside from the cheeks, creping skin symptoms can be also be found around the eyes and on the neck.

How Dermal Fillers Work for Creping Skin

Dermal fillers not only help eliminate or diminish the wrinkles, but it can also work in smoothening the skin. After several weeks, patients will start to notice improvement on the texture of the skin on the treated areas. If you maintain the correction, along with periodic treatments, it can likely cause patients to need lesser amount of dermal fillers as the body responds by keeping the fullness for long period.