Researchers Determine Wrinkle Risk by State

Today I read an article in Cosmetic Surgery Times that stated a person’s propensity to have wrinkles may be determined by where they live. A research firm by the name of Sperling’s Best Places assessed the 50 states and the District of Columbia for circumstances that could increase wrinkle risk. They examined factors that included environment and ethnicity and correlated it with existing research on skin damage and disease from the states. The study determined that the following influences play a role in the development of wrinkles:

  • UV exposure (determined by cloud cover, elevation and latitude) 
  • Extreme temperatures (high and low) 
  • Commute time 
  • Racial and ethnic demographics
  • Smoking incidence
We have known for a long time that genetics play a role in wrinkle formation and, in the last few decades, we have discovered that sun damage (UV rays) and environmental pollutants (car smog, factory smoke, cigarette smoke, etc.,) also play a role in skin damage and skin disease. Stress, as well, takes a toll on the entire body, and can accelerate the aging process which includes developing wrinkles, turning hair grey, and loss of eyesight and loss of hearing. Commute time was explained as both being stressful and being exposed to UV rays through the car’s windows. 
The research resulted in a Wrinkle Index, a measure of “each state’s vulnerability to skin damage and premature aging” (#1 being highest risk and #50 being lowest). View the complete list of state rankings here. Findings included:

  • Ethnicity/race is a key factor associated with skin damage with some racial groups (Northern European) being far more at risk.
  • A high percentage of smokers and unhealthy eating pushed some states towards the top of the list.
  • A state with less sunny days does not mean that a person is at less risk for wrinkles or skin disease. For instance, Oregon has one of the highest melanoma rates in the US.
  • Hawaii, known for almost endless sunny days, ranked surprisingly low at #47, and has one of the lowest rates of skin cancer (which may be a combination of the ethnicity of the people and the laid back, or low stress, lifestyle).
This article was interesting and it was fun to see where our state ranked (California was #36). 
My takeaway message is that regardless of where your state ranked, skin health should be taken seriously:
  • Use sun protection on a daily basis, year round. 
  • See your dermatologist for annual skin check-ups. 
  • Invest in skin care products that are effective. Medical grade skin care products have more potency and are usually backed by clinical research and thus, have a greater ability to protect, heal, and restore than skin care products from a department store. 
  • Have your skin regularly treated (facials, chemical peels, and so on) at a reputable medical spa

Doing all this may not entirely prevent wrinkles, but it may keep them at bay or lessen their severity. Should you feel that your wrinkles could be “relaxed” or erased, there are non-surgical options such as Botox or dermal fillers, and, for those who have more severe wrinkling and skin issues, there are cosmetic surgery options as well.

If you would like to discuss wrinkle treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, contact my Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center office at (805) 563-0000 to make an appointment. 

Santa Barbara Botox: Botox FAQs Answered by Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, was recently featured in an interview by The topic of discussion was Botox – the anti-wrinkle treatment that has become popular amongst women and men especially in their 40s and beyond – who seek an affordable, non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatment.

An excerpt from the interview follows:

Q. What is Botox?

A. Botox and Dysport, both of which are FDA-approved for cosmetic use of frown lines, are both natural, purified proteins used to treat overactive muscles and sweat glands. Botox and Dysport treat overactive muscles by blocking the signals that tell those muscles to contract. Botox or Dysport is usually injected between the eyebrows (the glabellar region), and have been used “off label” in other areas such as the lines across the forehead and around the outside of the eyes (“crows feet”). Both Botox and Dysport can also be used as a highly effective treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Q. Who is the ideal candidate for BOTOX?

A. The ideal candidate for Botox is someone, man or woman, who is looking for a more natural, relaxed look. Most clients have frowns and/or forehead lines that are visible much of the time (regardless of what expression they are making) and often they say that when Botox / Dysport sets in, it makes them look “friendly” and
approachable instead of looking angry or irritated.

Q. How safe is Botox?

A. Botox is such a safe, quick (the procedure usually takes only 10-15 minutes), easy, effective, and relatively affordable wrinkle treatment, it is now easily the most popular medical cosmetic procedure in the country! As long as you receive true Botox (made exclusively by Allergan Inc) or Dysport (made by Ipsen Group, distributed in the U.S. by Medicis Inc) and have it administered by a well-trained clinician, then it is safe. Though Dysport is a relatively new treatment in the U.S. (it was FDA approved in May 2009), given its success in Europe over the last 20 years, it will likely be as popular as Botox within a short period of time.

Read the entire Botox interview here.

Watch a video of a client of Dr. Perkins receiving Dysport.

Botox, and Dsyport, are available in Santa Barbara at Dr. Perkins’ cosmetic surgery practice – Cosmetic Surgery Center – call 805.563.0000 for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. Also available at Evolutions Medical Spa, where Dr. Perkins is the founder and Medical Director. Reach Evolutions at 805.687.0212.