Does Sugar Cause Wrinkles?

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Areas Near Houston & Sugar Land, TX

Oct 01, 2012

As if there are not already enough environmental and lifestyle factors causing the skin to age such as too much sun exposure, smoking, and too much alcohol consumption, now researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York advise that eating too many sugars also cause wrinkles and fine lines. Naturally, the human body requires glucose to survive and power the cells, but our culture consumes a lot of products with sugar added or simple carbohydrates that quickly turn to sugar. The wrinkling effect is a metabolic process known as glycation, and during this process excess sugar in the bloodstream binds to collagen and elastin, which are the supporting structures of the skin. Keeping these tissues healthy and stimulated is critical for a fresh face. On the positive side, making dietary changes like reducing or eliminating consumption of high glycemic index foods is one simple way to keep your face looking fresh and youthful. However, avoiding the sun, eating healthy and using good skin care products cannot totally eliminate the aging process. When patients seek to turn back the hands of time for a fresher, more youthful appearing face, there are many aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery options available. Patients seeking a non-surgical refresher may benefit greatly from BOTOX® and/or dermal fillers to smooth out the fine lines. However, some patients are better served by a full facelift, mini facelift, or eyelid surgery. Dr. Michael Eisemann enjoys meeting prospective patients, listening to their goals, and offering them medical advice on how to realistically achieve those goals. The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center is dedicated to keeping its Houston patients looking their best and doing so in a natural, flattering way.