Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon Comments on Twin Study about the effect of Smoking in Facial Aging
Dr. Timothy Miller, an Orange County double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon recently commented on a twins study measuring the premature facial aging signs in relation to smoking. The study showed that twins who are smoking present premature facial aging signs comparing to their brothers/sisters that are not smoking! Dr. Miller states: “Most of the smoking-related differences affected specific areas of the face, such as the premature development of eyelid bags, with similar aging related changes to the middle and lower thirds of the face,” and adds “Surprisingly, there were fewer differences in aging seen in the upper face, such as forehead lines or ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes.”
These conclusions are even more interesting because it’s the first time smoking is related to specific parts of the face. As for the reason that lies behind the connection of smoking and premature facial aging Dr. Miller comments: “It’s widely known that the toxins in tobacco disrupt the flow of oxygen through the blood vessels,” and adds. “This can really affect a person’s complexion and cause a dull, sallow appearance — and premature skin laxity and wrinkles.”
Another important conclusion regarding the effects of smoking is that when both twins were smoking the one that is smoking for a longer period presents more intensive facial aging signs! And of course Dr. Miller highlights the potential of non surgical procedures like Dermal Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse etc) and Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox, Dysport) that can efficiently tackle the aging effect of smoking!
The surgeon finally concludes “This new study is yet another reason to quit smoking,” and adds “People have long known about the health risks, but maybe now that it’s clear their looks can be dramatically affected for the worse, they’ll be more likely to never start or seek help to stop altogether.”
PS: The whole study can be found here