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Question: Skin regeneration and wrinkles after quitting smoking

 meowme_ow - Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:39 pm

I am 24 and have smoked for 5 years. I am beginning to notice some fine lines on my face, which I am not sure if they are due to smoking, or just normal 24 yr. old lines. I would like to know if they will disappear now that I am quit. I have asked this question before, but it always seems to lead to a second and third opinion, because the variation in responses. I understand that someone older than I, who has smoked for a longer time will not be able to reverse their wrinkles. But what about skin that is young and can still regenerate well? How long does the skin take to fully regenerate? When it does, will my wrinkles be gone? If not, why? Why don;t wrinkles disappear after new skin grows? Do wrinkles=scars? What are the first signs of smokers lines? I have noticed fine crows feet, lines between my eye and the bridge of my nose, and also small, almost unoticeable lines that run from pore to pore along my forehead and cheeks. I can't tell the difference between normal lines and smokers lines. Will these go away if I wait long enough? Or are they just normal lines of the face? Please explain to my fully, I am smart, I will understand an educated response.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:33 am

User avatar Hello,Our face contains a nicely interwoven elastic mesh which orchestrates with the muscles and gives us the expressions.This unique structure can be damaged and expresses as wrinkles.The most important factor other than a familial tendency and congenital disorders is UVRays.Prolonged sun exposure or sensitivity to sun damages this elastic tissue.This would manifest more on the face due to maximum sun exposure.Solar elastosis is the resultant after years of uv exposure.Fair skinned people are most affected.
Physical protection against sunrays,Sunscreens are the mainstay of treatment.Plenty of fluids,BCarotene containing fruits would go a long way.To stop smoking would be commendable and worthy for the cause.Best wishes.

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