Monday, May 11, 2009

Hormone replacement decreases signs of facial aging?

Dr. Bahman Guyuron, et al. had an excellent article published in April's issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Here's a writeup of it in the LA Times' Booster Shots blog by Shari Roan.

They studied 186 pairs of identical twins at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, with questionnaires and digital images. After an independent review, they found that:

1 . Higher BMI was associated with older look in twins younger than 40 but younger look in twins over 55.
2. Older appearance in smokers.
3. Older appearance with increased sun exposure.
4. Younger appearance on hormone replacement.
5. Younger appearance with alcohol avoidance.
6. Older appearance with divorce.
7. Older appearance with antidepressant use.

Very interesting article that tells us much of what we suspected - smoking, sun damage and alcohol consumption (how much is good vs bad) are bad for aging while hormones are helpful.

Interestingly enough, hormone replacement affects serotonin levels much like antidepressants and a point may be made that lack of estrogen causes aging while a sign of lack of estrogen may be antidepressant use. This study fits in well with our philosophy at SMAC of prudent, healthy living and hormone replacement.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

Sanctuary Plastic Surgery

Dr. David J. Goldberg
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

Skin Laser Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ

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