Beauty Sleep Does Help You Look Your Best

beauty sleep makes you more attractiveA new study in British Medical Journal found that there’s truth in the concept of “beauty sleep.” Sleep deprived people appear less healthy and less attractive compared with when they have a normal nightâ??s sleep, according to the study.

Twenty-three people, age 18 to 31, participated in the study, which was conducted in Stockholm, Sweden. Participants were first photographed after a night of eight hours of sleep and then after sleep deprivation 31 hours of wakefulness after a night of reduced sleep.

The photos were presented in a random order to 65 observers (age 18-61) who rated the photos for attractiveness, health and tiredness.

The sleep deprived photos of the participants were rated as less healthy, more tired and less attractive than the photos of them after a full night’s sleep. The authors wrote that the decrease in rated health was associated with ratings of increased tiredness and decreased attractiveness. They concluded that it “suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues, with potential implications for social and clinical judgments and behavior.

The authors went on to say that the conclusions agree with existing models that describe a link between sleep and good health, as well as a link between attractiveness and health.

Dr. Donald Greenblatt, MD, director of the Strong Sleep Disorders Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, said the findings make sense biologically. When we sleep, our perspiration “naturally moisturizes” our skin, and lying down increases “blood flow to the face, so wrinkles are going to be less apparent, at least temporarily,” he said.

So in between facial cosmetic procedures â?? whether it’s a face lift or dermal fillers â?? donâ??t forget that getting a full night’s rest, beauty sleep, will help you look your best.

For access to the full study, visit the British Medical Journal website.

Periorbital Wrinkles: Why Women Get Them Earlier Than Men

42-16534503In the latest issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, you can find a research study about the role of gender in the formation of periorbital (around the mouth) wrinkles.

Conducted by a team of plastic surgeons in Utrecht, the study offers several reasons why women exhibit periorbital wrinkles earlier and more severely than men. Here are 3 of the contributing factors:

1. If you’re a woman, the skin surrounding your mouth has fewer sweat and sebaceous glands, which are important for hydration.

2. You also may have fewer blood vessels in the same area.

3. The muscular fibers surrounding the orifice of a woman’s mouth are also more closely attached, which causes an “inward traction” and therefore, deeper wrinkles.

Read more on the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website.

ASAPS Survey Studies Botox and Wrinkle Fillers

Researchers associated with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently gathered information on 687 patients who had received Botox and/or dermal filler treatment.

The full results (in an MS Word doc) are available here; some of the most noteworthy findings are as follows:

– Most respondents described themselves as healthy individuals; 95 percent said they incorporated exercise into their lives, and 78 percent cited healthy eating habits.

  • Nearly 70 percent of the respondents who had been treated with Botox also opted for dermal filler treatment.
  • According to the survey data, the average patient is a married, working mother between 41-55 years of age with a household income of under $100,000.
  • 66 percent of the respondents said they received Botox treatment 2-3 times per year.
  • 72 percent of the respondents chose Botox to treat glabellar lines the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows.
  • 63 percent of the respondents chose dermal fillers to treat facial wrinkles and folds, mostly the nasolabial folds or “smile lines” that travel from the nose to each side of the mouth.
  • 87 percent reported that they discussed their treatments with others, and 70 percent said they received support from the people they told.

Economic woes spell wrinkles for Botox

Cosmetic surgery is no longer the sole province of the rich. In particular, more and more people of the middle class are using Botox to soften their facial wrinkles. But with the recent economic downturn, many of those people are cutting back on Botox treatments and other luxury purchases. The cosmetic surgery market was once thought to be immune to such money troubles, but as it appeals to a broader range of customers it becomes less resistant to downturns in the economy.

A recent report found that the market for minimally invasive cosmetic treatments like Botox, dermal fillers and cosmetic lasers doubled between 2000 and 2006. But over the past year, the stock prices for the companies that produce those treatments have fallen considerably as many cosmetic surgeons across the country have reported a drop in their practices. Companies are trying to cope by developing new treatments that can provide more long-lasting results.

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