Cosmetic surgeons are warning that compulsive gum chewing – a very common habit – can cause wrinkles around the mouth and fine lines on the lip. The warning was issued by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon from Omaha, Nebraska., who reported that many of his patients who chew gum regularly have developed these wrinkles.
Dr. Schlessinger said: “Many of my patients who are gum chewers have a certain pattern of wrinkles around their mouth. And I think the gum is responsible to some degree for it.”
Though there are no certified clinical studies to establish the association, some experts now believe chewing gum promotes muscle overuse that potentially breaks down support tissue within the skin, thus contributing to the loss of skin elasticity and causing lines and folds to emerge around the mouth. Additionally, the habit makes the anti-wrinkling facial fillers injected into the face to plump up wrinkles, less effective by dislodging them. Dr Schlessinger said: “The act of chewing gum can dislodge the fillers earlier. It actually pushes them out of the area. They dissipate a lot quicker in gum chewers in my opinion.”
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