Is There a Connection Between Wrinkles and Bone Structure?

Aging gracefully isn’t just about maintaining beautiful skin. Your underlying muscles and bones can also have a significant influence on your appearance. Obviously, having great bone structure is something many of us want, because it makes us look younger and more attractive by modern societal standards. Those who are lucky enough to be blessed with sculpted cheekbones and a firm jawline throughout their lives won’t have to depend as much on injectables to get their desired appearance. For example, we often use RADIESSE® at our Los Angeles-based practice to add structure to the face, as a substitute for bone in patients who lack defined cheekbones. Someone who naturally has that anatomy already would not need the filler for that reason.

However, it turns out that there’s a deeper, direct link between signs of facial aging and our bones. As we age, it isn’t only our skin that becomes more fragile; the skeletal structure of the face also continues to change and break down. Scientists have even determined that your bone structure can actually reveal your age. Here are some surprising facts to know about bone structure, plus what you can do to naturally increase bone density:

  • Wrinkles May Suggest a Lower Bone Density

Research by the Yale School of Medicine carried out on menopausal women suggests that having a higher number of wrinkles, as well as deeper wrinkles, could indicate weaker bones and a higher risk of fractures. The researchers found that this connection exists regardless of other factors such as age, ethnicity, smoking, and multivitamin intake.

  • Skin and Bones Have Common Building Blocks

Certain fillers, such as RADIESSE®, stimulate collagen in the skin. This is beneficial for patients because our skin loses a significant amount of this component over time. Collagen is a strong protein that provides structural support to both the skin and the bones. As you age and collagen changes in the body, both your skin and bones could be affected.

While there are many skin-treatment options to replace or boost collagen production in the skin, to increase and maintain the strength of your bones, try to do more weight and strength training, consume more calcium during the day, quit smoking, and eat foods that are rich in magnesium and zinc, protein, and vitamins D and K.

Learn more about how time can impact the health and look of your skin from the Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team. Fill out a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to request a consultation.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.

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