Women more prone to facial wrinkles than men

Posted on December 15th, 2009 by Gina

funny-old-woman460Findings from a new study found more and deeper skin wrinkling in women than in men.  The study was conducted by a team of plastic surgeons from the Netherlands and published in the November/December issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ), a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

“The aim of this study is to obtain new insight into the perception that women wrinkle earlier and more severely than men,” said the study’s lead author, Emma C. Paes, M.D., from the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Netherlands. “If we understood the reasons for differences in wrinkling between women and men, then we might be able to develop better strategies for the treatment of wrinkles.”

Using the skin of 25 male and 25 female cadavers between the ages of 75-93, the study found that all of the following could be contributing factors to more and deeper wrinkles around the mouth in women:

  • Women’s skin contains fewer sweat glands and the glands that secrete oil, so there is less natural protection
  • Female skin also contains fewer blood vessels which could accelerate the development of wrinkles.
  • In women, the closer attachment of the muscular fibers surrounding the mouth to the skin dermis may cause an inward traction, thereby creating deeper wrinkles.

Of course, the study didn’t say what we all want to hear: “Ladies and gentlemen, based on this data, we have created a new formula that will prevent anyone, male or female, from ever getting wrinkles again.”   Unfortunately, they continue to recommend the use of lasers, botox or other injectables, as well as older methods such as dermabrasion and chemical peels.  The researchers admit that despite the options, mouth wrinkles continue to be “a challenging problem.“

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