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ASAPS called out for 'fluff' smartphone wrinkle scare by top cosmetic surgeon

By April Neale Jun 18, 2013, 1:56 GMT

ASAPS called out for 'fluff' smartphone wrinkle scare by top cosmetic surgeon

This smartphone wrinkle story is a dog, says Dr. Rivkin. Baloney says top cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who says the esteemed ASAPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) is promoting a notion that has no science or research behind it.

Hey, have you heard the one about your smartphone causing your face to wrinkle and droop?

Baloney says top cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who says the esteemed ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) is promoting a notion that has no science or research behind it.

Smartphones, despite the health and safety risks with regards to cancer, are now being blamed for premature aging. They certainly do cause accidental deaths on the open road thanks to people texting while driving. Death and cancer are legitimate concerns, says Dr. Rivkin.

According to the article published on American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website, smartphones can make you look prematurely old.

ASAPS posted news item claims that “Lines and creases may develop if you spend an excessive amount of time texting and checking your email on your smartphone. The constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally. Even if your face maintains its youthful volume, signs of aging on the neck can give you away.”

Dr. Rivkin spoke to Monsters and Critics today and refutes ASAPS posted news item claims.  "I am going to come out on the skeptical side of this. There's alot of plastic surgeons out there, and everyone wants to differentiate themselves from the herd.
Inventing a heretofore unheard of condition out of thin air with no scientific evidence is relatively common and there's alot of real dangers inherent with cell phones to be worried about."

"I would caution patients from changing their behavior or getting worried about something for which there is zero evidence of it existing. There is certainly no scientific evidence for it, and in order to do an actual study you would have to take a bunch of people from the same population that uses tablets and smartphones and deny them smartphones and tablets for several years. Which is not going to happen.
This claim is pure fluff," says Dr. Rivkin.

UPDATE

ASAPS called M&C and this is their published stance on news articles posted for educational purposes on their site: "The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public."



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