Study reveals osteoporosis may cause wrinkles and sagging facial skin

A new study led by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that wrinkles and sagging skin may be a result of aging facial bones, and even osteoporosis. reports that lead study author Dr. Robert Shaw Jr. scanned the facial bones of patients who were 20 to 40 years old, 40 to 64 years old, and 65 and up.

His results, which are published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, showed that several areas of facial bone structure change over time. The most significant difference is eye socket size, which became wider and longer with age and affected both sexes. However, the length of the eyebrow, nose and upper jawbones all reduced, which was experienced first by young and middle-aged women, and then by older men.

Enlarged eye sockets and decreased eyebrow angles can result in forehead lines, outer eye corner crow's feet and lower eyelid drooping, according to the media outlet.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Phil Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said, "I think a wonderful adjunct to this study would be to see if calcium and bone-retaining medications used to fight osteoporosis could also prevent facial bone aging," the news source reports. "You could study women who have taken osteoporosis drugs for years, versus women who have never taken any. Is there any difference in how fast their facial bones age?"

Despite factors that may encourage facial bone loss, such as smoking and improper dental care, genetics may be the biggest factor in how fast bones age, according to the news provider.

Osteoporosis effects as many as 44 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.