Does Smoking Cause Wrinkles?

by Heather Rowe, L.M.E. - Managing Director on July 26, 2013

Dear Heather,

 Sometimes I smoke cigarettes on the weekends while I have a glass of wine. Is it true that smoking causes wrinkles even though it is only a little?

-Smokey

Dear Smokey,

The answer is yes. If you need any other reason to quit smoking, add premature wrinkles to your list. Smoking causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels in the outer layers of skin. This causes less blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin. Smoking damages important connective fibers like collagen and elastin, creating permanent damage.  AND, not only is the damage on your face, increased wrinkling and sun damage occurs on your body, mainly neck and arms. According to research, every 10 years of smoking adds an extra 2.5 years of age. Eek! The good news is that at LaserDerm, we can reverse the signs of aging, as long as you quit your weekend relationship.

xx Heather

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