Does Your Ethnicity Impact Facial Aging?

Parker Center for Plastic Surgery


Aging gracefully and maintaining a healthy appearance over the years is something many strive for, and there are a plethora of anti-aging products and treatments that can help with this goal. But did you know that your genes will also have a huge impact on how well you will age?

A recent presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting highlighted the differences in facial aging between a variety of ethnic groups—and there were some key differences. Here is what the study found.

Your ethnicity plays a role in how you will age

The study looked at a sample of over 4,000 participants spanning 4 different countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and the results may surprise you.

  • People with non-white, African, or black ancestries aged at a slower rate than those with lighter skin types.
  • Darker-toned participants reported less severity in a variety of aging features, including the appearance and frequency of nasolabial folds and forehead lines.
  • Signs of aging appeared at a later age for non-white participants.

Regardless of whether you are lucky enough to have genes that help your skin age slowly, this information is helpful in choosing appropriate anti-aging medicine for your unique skin type. Knowing more about your ethnic background can help your doctor understand what issues your skin is most likely to have and assist them in recommending the right products, treatments, and preventative measures.

Working with your skin type

Just because you have dark skin doesn’t mean you’ll want to skip out on anti-aging skin care; nor are those with lighter skin all doomed to live with more wrinkles. While you can’t change your genetic makeup, there are things we should all be doing to maintain beautiful, youthful skin. Wearing quality sunscreen and working with a skin care professional top the list!

The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery and our expert Medi-Spa team specialize in exceptional skin care products and treatments that are tailored to your skin type and your specific needs. We have decades of experience working with patients from diverse backgrounds and love being able to help patients with all skin types feel better about their skin.

We start with a personalized consultation and skin evaluation using the VISIA complexion analysis system (a great tool which reveals what is going on below the surface). After gauging the condition of your skin, we will design a treatment plan just for you. Contact us to learn more!

See a clip of the presentation here.

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