31 March 2009
New research is warning that while excessive dieting could make your body look slimmer, it can also lead to an older-looking appearance. The link between excessive weight loss through dieting and perceived age was studied through American researchers, who found that in some cases, losing 10 pounds added about four years to a woman's appearance.The report published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal said that researchers monitored 200 pairs of identical twins for two years and watched their body mass index. In addition to weight loss, divorce was also a factor in women appearing older than their actual age. Researcher Bahaman Guyuron told the Daily Mail: "The twin who is divorced appears about 1.7 years older than the twin who is not divorced." He added that depression, smoking, drinking and sunbathing all had an aging effect on women. The researchers noted that the shape of the face affects how old we look, and that plumper cheeks preserve a youthful appearance. Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: "People who are trying to stay stick-thin lose weight from their face sooner than they would otherwise and this is extremely ageing. "The more fat that is preserved in the face, particularly the cheeks, the more you will preserve the facial proportions of youth." Those looking to slim down without appearing older often turn to cosmetic surgery procedures in order to achieve their desired look. Liposuction is one way to reduce fat and body mass without slimming down elsewhere. As well, many choose to undergo Botox injections in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and Dermal Fillers plump up their skin.