A Study of Identical Twins
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently did a study of 186 pairs of identical twins to see if they could learn something about genetic factors vs environmental factors in aging.
The researchers had the twins fill out comprehensive questionnaires and they obtained digital photographs of each twin. An independent panel examined the photos and recorded their perceptions of the age of each one.
When researches paired up the rated ages with the questionnaire information they found that despite having identical genetic predispositions as to aging, the twins had different apparent ages according to various environmental factors:
- Divorced twins looked about two years older than their single, married or widowed siblings
- Chronic use of antidepressants was linked to increased facial sagging – perhaps because of the reduced use of facial muscles
- Extra weight among twins younger than about 40 gave an older look compared to their sibling
- Extra weight among twins older than about 40 gave a younger look compared to their sibling
Researchers were intrigued by those last two items. They concluded that it gave some scientific support to the idea that added volume in an aging face reduces the appearance of aging. In other words, facial fillers are effective in giving you a younger and more refreshed look.
At the Cosmetic Surgical Center, we offer several facial fillers. Restylane is excellent for smoothing the nasolabial folds and plumping up the lips. Sculptra is very good for filling out hollowed cheeks and temples and also for the nasolabial folds.
To learn more about the different ways of rejuvenating the face, please contact our cosmetic surgery office today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Rai.