A study by a team of plastic surgeons from the Netherlands, that was published in a recent issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that differences in the skin around the mouth (the perioral area) account for more, and deeper skin wrinkling in women than in men.
The study’s goal was to 1) determine whether or not women wrinkle earlier and more severely than men, and 2) to develop better strategies for the treatment of facial wrinkles.
The study found several contributing factors for more perioral wrinkles in women:
- Women have fewer sweat glands and sebaceous glands than men, which influences the natural filling of potential wrinkles
- The skin around a woman’s mouth contains fewer blood vessels than men, which may speed wrinkle development
- Women have tighter muscle to skin attachment around the mouth then men. This may cause more of an inward pull to create deeper wrinkles
Current treatments for perioral wrinkles include the use of ActiveFX and DeepFX lasers, Botox, and injectable wrinkle fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and other methods such as Dermabrasion, and chemical peels.
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Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.