24 October 2013

Furrowed brow - manWrinkles may be genetic, according to findings of a recent Swedish survey. According to the researchers, signs of age don't just come from damage to our own DNA, but also to the DNA we inherit from our mothers. Leading scientific journal Nature published the findings, which came from an in-depth study into how mitochondria, or the power sources for the cells in the human body, degenerate and set off the body's ageing process.As a result, medical professionals may one day gain a better understanding of that process, to enable them to develop more effective anti-ageing treatments. That's the view of Seattle facial cosmetic surgery specialist Dr Stella Desyatnikova, who believes: "We may be able to take a more proactive approach to fighting the signs of ageing if we better understand what causes them." And she says the findings may encourage people to be more proactive about tackling the signs of ageing. "As it is now, most people wait until they're in their fifties or sixties before deciding it's time to tackle the effects of aging with surgery, but if people know how they're genetically predisposed, they can deal with the effects at a younger age," she believes.