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What makes you look old?

Style Your SmileWe all age, but what is it that actually makes us look older?

Researchers recently set out to find an answer.  In their article published April 2014 in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, they looked at what features contributed most to an older appearance.  The judged over 20 features including eyebrow position, wrinkles around the eyes, the chin groove, irregular pigmentation, and roughness of the facial skin.

Can you guess which ones contributed most?

It turns out that the length of the nasolabial folds added the most years, and red and brown discoloration of the skin was next.

Fortunately, these two conditions can be treated.  The nasolabial folds (which are referred to as parentheses in the image above) can be filled with a variety of products including Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse.  Incidentally, filling the cheeks can also lessen their appearance.

Irregular pigmentation is usually the result of the effects of cumulative sun exposure.  The single best treatment to improve it is often a series of intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments; however, the combination of IPL’s, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and a great skin care program is best.  It is interesting to note here that another study showed how rejuvenating regular IPL treatments are, too.

* Coma M et al. Methods for diagnosing perceived age on the basis of an ensemble of phenotypic features. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol 2014 Apr 17; 7:133

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