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Old 04-17-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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There is a woman in my neighborhood around 50 years of age who is very thin and almost always wears long pants and long sleeved shirts to cover her skin. Over the last few months, she has lost a lot of weight and her face is now severely wrinkled, like you might see on a 100 year old woman and is kind of scary and sad at the same time to look at. What could cause a 50 year old woman to have considerable and rapid weight loss combined with a a severely wrinkled face? I feel sorry for this person, and since it's too direct to ask her what's going on, I thought I would come to here to get some ideas or thoughts on what could make a 50 year old woman's face look so emaciated.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Australia
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In a word - cancer.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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In a word - cancer.

wrinkles= cancer?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Australia
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wrinkles= cancer?

No. Excessive, rapid weight loss = cancer.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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After a certain age, some skin simply won't contract after weight loss...so, you lose mass, you skin sags! Especially, if you have sun damage....skin is really less resilient when damaged by the sun. The only thing she can do is have plastic surgery to remove the excess skin and to tighten her face. Nothing will get rid of sags and bags...although moisturizing can help the face LOOK better, but it won't make the expanse of skin any smaller.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I know a woman who is in her mid forties. She has abused tanning beds and the sun all her life and has always gone for that extremely dark tan, though she is blonde and blue eyed.

She was lovely in her twenties and thirties but now that she is pushing fifty she looks - frankly - absolutely horrible, almost freakish if you want to know the truth. Her skin is sagging but at the same time seems sort of thickened. Her nails are a hot mess. Though she is very thin (she has a terrible diet consisting of diet sodas and chips), her skin sags, even on her arms around her elbows. She also smokes.

Deadly combination.

The thing is, she's a very nice person, with a good job in upper management, and otherwise a great life. She's intelligent and funny and very kind hearted. For the life of me, I can't imagine why she voluntarily chose to ruin her looks.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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I know a woman who is in her mid forties. She has abused tanning beds and the sun all her life and has always gone for that extremely dark tan, though she is blonde and blue eyed.

She was lovely in her twenties and thirties but now that she is pushing fifty she looks - frankly - absolutely horrible, almost freakish if you want to know the truth. Her skin is sagging but at the same time seems sort of thickened. Her nails are a hot mess. Though she is very thin (she has a terrible diet consisting of diet sodas and chips), her skin sags, even on her arms around her elbows. She also smokes.

Deadly combination.

The thing is, she's a very nice person, with a good job in upper management, and otherwise a great life. She's intelligent and funny and very kind hearted. For the life of me, I can't imagine why she voluntarily chose to ruin her looks.
I feel two ways about this. Her risk for cancer and other health problems is really high but she is a happy person. For some living the way they want too is more important to them then growing old. I really believe that if she is happy and leading a good life then maybe that's more important to her than longevity or trying to hold onto good looks. There is no such thing as a hot 80 year old. Live long enough and the looks go.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I feel two ways about this. Her risk for cancer and other health problems is really high but she is a happy person. For some living the way they want too is more important to them then growing old. I really believe that if she is happy and leading a good life then maybe that's more important to her than longevity or trying to hold onto good looks. There is no such thing as a hot 80 year old. Live long enough and the looks go.
Right - but she is only in her MID FORTIES. Living as she lives, she probably won't make it to anywhere near 80.

You're right - it's her choice, but she regrets those choices now. She HATES her skin and is very self conscious about it. She dresses like a million dollars, has a great figure, and spends a fortune on her hair - so looks are very important to her (many women in their forties and fifties can still look and be HOT by the way). However, no matter what she spends now - she looks awful. She knows it. She's devastated by it.

It makes me sad for her because she IS such a nice person. Has she been living under a rock all these years? Didn't she KNOW she was ruining her skin????
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I have a friend my age who did the same thing - tanned too much when she was younger, and she also smokes. She looks much older than me now. Her mother tried to tell her that the best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from sun damage, but the words fell on deaf ears.

This is also why so many Americans are going to be diagnosed with skin cancers, because how many of us did truly awful things when we were younger, like try to tan with nothing but baby oil?! I haven't had a decent tan since 1983. I have light skin and green eyes, so my skin has always sunburned easily. I also haven't gone to the beach in years, because wherever I miss putting sunscreen inevitably burns.

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Old 09-02-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Right - but she is only in her MID FORTIES. Living as she lives, she probably won't make it to anywhere near 80.

You're right - it's her choice, but she regrets those choices now. She HATES her skin and is very self conscious about it. She dresses like a million dollars, has a great figure, and spends a fortune on her hair - so looks are very important to her (many women in their forties and fifties can still look and be HOT by the way). However, no matter what she spends now - she looks awful. She knows it. She's devastated by it.

It makes me sad for her because she IS such a nice person. Has she been living under a rock all these years? Didn't she KNOW she was ruining her skin????
Well since she has regrets then it does suck for her.
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