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Can your smile/laugh really causes wrinkle on your face?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8212 points ) April 20th, 2010

I read that some Dermatologist say that smiling/laughing can make wrinkle on your face because when we do that we move/stretching the original pattern of our face without we even realize about this side effect. As it’s the part of science of course we think it’s true,there are advantages and disadvantages behind smiling/laughing.
As we always know too,a smile/laugh can make you feel better,lower your stress level,makes you younger?(I don’t think so),etc. After I heard about this fact I’ve tried to not smiling/laughing as best as I could do as I’m more aware about the disadvantage of this action.
So do you realize that your smile/laugh can really cause wrinkle on your face? Do you care? How can you handle it?

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chyna's avatar

Have you seen Clint Eastwood’s face? I don’t think he smiles much and he is and has been totally wrinkled.

Facade's avatar

I think facial lines make people look distinguished. I’m sure if your skin is thin and dry, then yes, smiling, frowning, laughing, etc. will cause lines but who cares

partyparty's avatar

Think I would rather be happy and smile for most of my life, and have wrinkles, than be sad and have no wrinkles.
But if you are sad and frown then you get ‘frown lines’. No winners.

Steve_A's avatar

Well if smiling and making sad faces is causing wrinkles and lines, then imagine all of the talking is doing to your face too.

Whats the point trying to stop? I do find it interesting but something like this is just the process of aging and usage of the body in my opinion.

Taciturnu's avatar

@chyna lol!! Good point!!

You can get botox, and never worrry about wrinkles, or you live life full of emotion and perhaps have to deal with a couple. I prefer the latter.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@chyna There could be another explaination. He might get the ‘wrong’ DNA,unhealthy lifestyle,or everything that might cause his wrinkle.

@Facade I see. You have that spirit.

@partyparty When I’m happy I can also hold my smile/laugh(I know it’s so hard but I’ve tried my best),so not only I can get the advantage of smiling/laughing but I also avoid the disadvantage of it.

@Steve_A I understand that. But talking will cause less pressure to your face and therefore won’t cause major effect toward your skin. The aging process is keep going on but we can also make the process slower if we want. I appreciate your answer anyway.

@Taciturnu Botox is not natural. And there would be many side effect..

Taciturnu's avatar

@Doctor_D No, injecting botulism into your face (or other body parts) could never be considered “natural” in my book either; I never stated it was. Just saying that you can either live in a world of vanity or choose a life that you are free to be emotional without boundaries. Next time I smile, I’m not going to think “Aw, gee wiz… I think I just got a wrinkle!”

Steve_A's avatar

Ironic too that maybe by thinking so much about not smiling or laughing you may cause wrinkles in your forehead. ~ (joke)

john65pennington's avatar

All of us came into the world marked with our own specific DNA. traits from our parents and ancestors. i laugh a lot, my wife laughs a lot. i am wondering if we had never laughed a day in our life in our marriage, would we still have the laughing wrinkles? maybe, maybe not. or, are the lines there because of our DNA? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

gailcalled's avatar

If you are suck with oily skin during adolescence and early twenties, you tend to have laugh lines later in life. It’s a trade-off.

But I cannot imagine thinking consciously about my facial expression. There is no disadvantage to smiling or laughing.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@Steve_A So thinking will also cause wrinkle then?

@john65pennington I believe you own good DNA.

@gailcalled I agree. There is no disadvantage except the wrinkles.

Steve_A's avatar

@Doctor_D Well I had meant it as a joke I thought that was what the little ~ stands for I think..?

partyparty's avatar

@gailcalled There is no disadvantage to smiling or laughing

How very true that is. I love to laugh, how about you?

gailcalled's avatar

Wrinkles are part of life. I let my face do whatever it feels like.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@Steve_A I really want to laugh now…(ha ha!)but my common sense keep reminds me not to.

gailcalled's avatar

edit; If you are stuck, and not suck.

bobbinhood's avatar

I noticed a long time ago that you can tell the kind of attitude an elderly person has had about life by looking at his/her face. It is a fact of life that everyone will eventually wrinkle (if they don’t die first), but the way you use your face definitely seems to determine the pattern of those wrinkles. I have known elderly people that had distinctive smile lines because their faces were so accustomed to being in that position, and I have known others who had distinctive frown lines for the same reason. I can safely assume that their wrinkles are characteristic of their lives, because almost inevitably they have the same attitude at the time that their wrinkles depict. Also, when I knew their families, their families would confirm that they had been the same way their whole lives.

When I realized this, I determined that I will one day be the elderly person with deep, deep smile lines. It sometimes frustrates me that I tend to frown when I concentrate, because I want my elderly face to show that I always managed to find joy in life. Rather than trying to avoid wrinkles (which isn’t even possible), I want to wear them as a badge of honor. I want people to see me and know that I lived my life with joy, and that I strove to share that joy with those around me.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@bobbinhood Excellent point! I appreciate your experience. You must be a happy person.

BoBo1946's avatar

if so, give me LOTS of wrinkles!

Your_Majesty's avatar

@BoBo1946 Ha ha! you must be laughing right now. Don’t worry I’ll send you tons of wrinkles. He he.

partyparty's avatar

@BoBo1946 Think I may have got some of my wrinkles from all your funny stories LOLL

BoBo1946's avatar

@partyparty and @Doctor_D loll….hey, worrying about wrinkles would be on the bottom of the agenda today!

kenmc's avatar

Laughing/smiling is a positive experience and one of the truly great things in life. So it’s totally worth it.

mowens's avatar

My friend is a dermatologist. He never smiles, and he never raises his eyebrows, and he looks kind of like a big tall robot.

The question you have to ask yourself is this:
People age one way or the other. Do you really want to be remembered as the person who never smiles?

netgrrl's avatar

If all my wrinkles come from laughing and smiling, I’ve had a good life. Let the good times roll. :)

WolfFang's avatar

Yeah it does have to do with DNA alot. Your genes determine your wrinkles along with your facial structure. I don’t really care if laughing causes me wrinkles or not. I do however have the same issue with raising my eyebrows. I became wary of that when I was like 10 years old, I’d hate to have those deep lines in my forehead when I get older.
@Taciturnu what? inject botulism in your face!?!?

jeanmay's avatar

I have visible frown lines, deep smile lines and smarty-pants lines across my forehead from raising my eyebrows all the time, and I’m only twenty-eight. I couldn’t give a monkey’s uncle about my wrinkles, or what they say about me. More important is what’s happening on the inside: if the mind and spirit are healthy a person seems to glow, and laughter contributes to spiritual well-being.

As for botox, no offence to those who chose to indulge, but I think it looks frightful and ridiculous. In particular I find it distracting on an actress. How can you act without expressing emotion in your face? Those botoxed actresses remind me of my grandfather after his stroke. Not pretty.

WolfFang's avatar

thats good for you @jeanmay , who cares about image right? GA

snowberry's avatar

After all I’ve been through my hair should be pure white too. My wrinkles have showed up in droves…all in a few years. It’s due to hormone issues. I figure they give me character.

thriftymaid's avatar

Yes, it’s usually lines from the sides of the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth. It’s a naturally ocurring thing.

Ab124's avatar

Laughing too much may make you forget to be serious. You may see some individuals that just don’t stop laughing even for something serious. Many do not realize it until someone goes way overboard.
Good manners are way more important than bursting out in laughter every time you get that ticklish feeling. However, smiling is charity.

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