Reference : Asymmetric facial skin viscoelasticity during climacteric aging.
Scientific journals : Article
Human health sciences : Dermatology
Asymmetric facial skin viscoelasticity during climacteric aging.
Pierard, Gérald mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Département des sciences cliniques >]
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh mailto [> >]
Gaspard, Ulysse mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Relations académiques et scientifiques (Médecine) >]
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques >]
Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology
Yes (verified by ORBi)
New Zealand
[en] biological elasticity ; biomechanics ; climacteric aging ; photoaging ; skin tensile properties ; skin unfolding
[en] BACKGROUND: Climacteric skin aging affects certain biophysical characteristics of facial skin. The purpose of the present study was to assess the symmetric involvement of the cheeks in this stage of the aging process. METHODS: Skin viscoelasticity was compared on both cheeks in premenopausal and post-menopausal women with indoor occupational activities somewhat limiting the influence of chronic sun exposure. Eighty-four healthy women comprising 36 premenopausal women and 48 early post-menopausal women off hormone replacement therapy were enrolled in two groups. The tensile characteristics of both cheeks were tested and compared in each group. A computerized suction device equipped with a 2 mm diameter hollow probe was used to derive viscoelasticity parameters during a five-cycle procedure of 2 seconds each. Skin unfolding, intrinsic distensibility, biological elasticity, and creep extension were measured. RESULTS: Both biological elasticity and creep extension were asymmetric on the cheeks of the post-menopausal women. In contrast, these differences were more discrete in the premenopausal women. CONCLUSION: Facial skin viscoelasticity appeared to be asymmetric following menopause. The possibility of asymmetry should be taken into account in future studies of the effects of hormone replacement therapy and any antiaging procedure on the face in menopausal women.

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