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.