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Research shows that a smile makes people look three years younger, and there is also evidence that smiling lowers stress levels and heart rates and increases immunity. It’s a shame, therefore, that many people avoid smiling because they fear it causes wrinkles. When you look beyond this old wives’ tale, the fact is that the muscle movement used to create a smile will not produce pronounced “nasolabial folds” (creases that run from the outer edges of the nostrils to the corresponding sides of the mouth) or “marionette lines” (creases that cradle either side of the mouth). Instead, wrinkle development is largely influenced by skin thickness, elasticity, fat distribution, and collagen content, all of which have genetic and environmental causes.  Don't forget to make your appointement to discuss your concerns by clicking on the appointment button at the top of the page. 

Dr. Michael Freeman

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