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February 10th, 2009
10:53 AM ET

How not to look old

John Cloud
Time


It's a question surely as old as vanity itself: how can you look young forever? A forthcoming study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers one surprising idea: as you age, don't be afraid to put on a few pounds. Fat, it turns out, can significantly smooth out wrinkles and give you a younger-looking face.

The authors of the new study, a team led by Dr. Bahman Guyuron of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, are plastic surgeons who study faces for a living. They analyzed photographs of the faces of 186 pairs of identical twins taken at the Twins Days Festival, a sort of twins' pride event held every summer in (naturally) Twinsburg, Ohio. Because the pairs had identical genetic material, differences in how old they looked could be attributed entirely to their behavioral choices and environment. Guyuron's team had the twins fill out extensive questionnaires about their lives — everything from how many times they had married to whether they had regularly used sunscreen. Then a panel of four judges independently estimated the twins' ages by looking at photos taken in Twinsburg.

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  1. Erik

    Saw you on Battle Lines SA. Am the USA Distributor of Rabitech Wetsuits/Spearguns.
    Good on you for covering the sharks...

    Anyway for this one, it's her facial expression...

    smile makes one look 10 yrs younger.
    and 50x more pleasant...

    February 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  2. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi John,
    Well, a little fat may help the face look younger, but not the body. I believe people look younger in their clothes when they have less body fat.
    You know you can always have a little botox, or a lift on the face.
    Anyway, that is just my opinion. Thinner is healthier too, isn't it?
    Thanks!
    XO

    February 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm |