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The lion wrinkle appears between the eyebrows. It also has another name, the “glabella wrinkle”.
To see it, just sit in front of a mirror and frown your eyebrows. A vertical crease will then appear between the two eyebrows: the famous lion wrinkle, which give the face a severe, preoccupied look.
The birth of this wrinkle is linked to the repeated contraction of adjacent muscles called the corrugator muscles. So the lion wrinkle is an expression wrinkle.
A combined phenomenon
Like all expression wrinkles, the lion wrinkle arises from two linked factors, the contraction of the muscle and the loss of elasticity of the skin, which can be accentuated by external elements like repeated and unprotected exposure to the sun.
It can appear too early on the faces of people who often frown, most of the time without realising it. The lion wrinkle sometimes begins to appear between 20 and 30 years of age.