American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
First Quarter 2009, Volume 23, Number 1

IN THIS ISSUE

How to fight the aging process and succeed

Beauty through the ages: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Getting to know your skin; which ones can be treated

How to fight the aging process and succeed

There are many ways you can fight the aging process, whether it is slowing the clock down or resetting it with surgery. Start with simple steps you can do today: eat properly, practice good skin care, and exercise. You may want to consider a treatment plan to reduce the signs of aging, which may include a minimally invasive technique or even surgery.

Slow down the visible changes of aging by starting with your diet. Did you know that omega-3 oils are proven skin smoothers Nuts and fish help hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Foods high in vitamin C-kiwis, parsley, broccoli, blueberries-can help protect against ultraviolet damage from the sun and reduce wrinkling. Try drinking green tea, which is known to fight against free radical damage and reduce inflammation. While improving your diet will not eliminate wrinkles or sagging, research has shown that it will improve the texture and tone of your skin. Eat lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; you’ll feel and look better.

Once you are nourishing your skin from the inside properly, take care of it on the outside by implementing a skin care regimen. Step one is to clean your face in the morning and at night to remove the dirt and oil that builds up on your skin. Step two is to apply a moisturizer. Look for a product that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. If you plan to be outdoors for an extended time, make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your skin every two to three hours. Clean, moisturize, and protect; this will help with a longer youthful look.

Exercise is another way to help retain your youthful appearance. It benefits your overall health, including increasing blood circulation-which is vital in delivering nutrients and oxygen to your cells so they may function properly. Your skin is a living organ and depends on good circulation to stay healthy. Get moving!

Think about trying a rejuvenation procedure such as a chemical peel. It is one of the oldest forms of rejuvenation; it is less invasive than surgery and offers different levels of strength. The peel will improve skin tone, enhance texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You may want to consider a facelift-there are varying “facelifts” from the liquid lift to the traditional facelift.

A non-invasive, liquid facelift provides youthful fullness without any downtime. Soft injectable fillers are used to reduce the appearance of lines and plump areas affected by volume loss. There is no downtime; however, the results may last between six months to a year. The tradi-tional facelift entails removing excess sagging skin and lifting and repositioning the skin, underlying tissue, and muscles. The results are permanent; however, you have not stopped the clock.

It is never too early to fight the aging process-start with a good diet, skin care, and exercise. You may also want to explore a more proactive treatment plan to set back the clock. Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon. Contact one now to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options. !