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New article shows shocking photographs of facial changes caused by smoking

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A new article by the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows the shocking facial changes that can be caused by smoking.

The study compared photographs of identical twins with different smoking histories.

Researchers say they gathered information for the study by visiting the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, from 2007 to 2010.

According to information online, 79 pairs of twins were identified where only one twin smoked. If both smoked, one twin smoked at least 5 years longer than the other.

When studied, smoking twins compared with their nonsmoking counterparts had worse scores for:

-upper eyelid skin redundancy
-lower lid bags
-malar bags
-nasolabial folds
-upper lip wrinkles
-lower lip vermillion wrinkles, and jowls.

Overall, the study claims to show that facial aging caused by smoking affects the middle and lower thirds of the face. The study also claims that a 5-year difference in smoking history can cause noticeable differences in facial aging in twins.


Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 132(5): 1085-1092 November 2013.

Pic#1 - The twin on the left has smoke 17 years longer that the twin on the right.

Pic#2 – the twin on the right is a smoker, the twin on the left is a nonsmoker.

Pic#3 – the twin on the left is a nonsmoker and the twin on the right smoked for 29 years.

Pic#4 – Both twins are smokers. The twin on the right smoked 14 years longer than his brother.

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