Mouth Off: Women Wrinkle More Than Men

Almost every woman could tell you about a personal experience with gender discrimination. In fact, even the natural aging process is a little more brutal to the ladies, especially around the mouth.

A newly published study in the ASAPS's Aesthetic Surgery Journal shows that women experience more and deeper perioral wrinkles than men. And no, it's not because women are supposedly more talkative.

The gender disparity for around-the-mouth wrinkles can be blamed on several possible factors: women have fewer sweat and sebaceous glands around the mouth, fewer blood vessels, and a closer attachment of muscular fibers of the mouth to the skin. Alone, each aspect could contribute to more wrinkling; so together, it seems inevitable that women would show more visible signs of aging in this area.

This finding could help dermatologists and plastic surgeons take a more efficient approach to treating women's perioral wrinkles.

"We think it's important to consider the reasons why a particular treatment may or may not be effective," said Dutch lead researcher Dr. Emma Paes. "Sometimes one has to go back to the basics instead of just moving forward. In the end, having more basic knowledge about a problem can speed up the process of finding the right solution."