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Facial Aging Similar Between Mothers and Daughters

Facial Aging Similar Between Mothers and Daughters

Facial aging follows a similar pattern between mothers and daughters, according to a new study, supporting the maxim that a groom should look at his mother-in-law to know what lies ahead.

Across the world, millions of young women have grown up hearing, “You look just like your mother.” Now, they can know what to expect in the years to come, thanks to a new study from Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Using computer modeling and 3D cameras to examine the faces of 40 mother-daughter pairs, the Plastic Surgery Research team found that mothers and daughters who look similar also age in a strikingly similar pattern. When measuring the changes in the aging female face, they found that volume loss in the lower eyelid began when women were in their mid-30s and progressed steadily through life. If a mother demonstrated this type of sagging, her daughter was likely to, as well.

However, women who mirror their moms needn’t surrender their face to destiny just yet. Thanks to breakthroughs in cosmetics and skin treatments, women today know a lot more about avoiding signs of aging than our mothers did when they were young. And recognizing how your mother’s face changed over the years could help guide a plastic surgeon in the appropriate procedures to address similar patterns of sagging skin or volume loss. For example, doctors would be able to pinpoint the appropriate areas to inject dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane, says Dr. Subhas Gupta, who led the research team at Loma Linda.

The new findings may be especially helpful for women in their mid-30s to early 50s, which is the ideal window for using minimally invasive techniques to maintain a youthful appearance. Other ways to slow the aging process naturally including eating healthy, limiting sun exposure, and not smoking, Dr. Gupta notes.

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