ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. — Results of a recent study suggest that certain stress-inducing life events or the use of antidepressants — and not necessarily genetic make-up — are the true culprits that can cause facial wrinkles and add years to a person’s perceived age, reports Medical News Today. The study was published recently on the Web-based version of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the Arlington Heights-based American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The study looked at identical twins because they are genetically programmed to age at the same rate. Researchers obtained completed questionnaires and digital images from 186 pairs of identical twins. The images were reviewed by an independent panel, which then recorded the perceived age difference between the siblings.
Results showed that twins who had gone through divorce appeared nearly two years older than their siblings who were married, single or widowed. In addition, use of antidepressants use was associated with a significantly older appearance. (The researchers suspect that continued relaxation of the facial muscles due to antidepressant use could account for sagging.) Weight factors also played a role: In those sets of twins who were less than 40 years old, the heavier twin was perceived as being older, while in those groups over 40, the heavier twin appeared younger.
The researchers say their findings are important for two reasons: (1) Identifying factors that contribute to aging and (2) Associating scientific data with with relationship between volume replacement and facial rejuvenation. CST