Many, if not all of you have heard my “anti-aging” speech and I always preface it with “you only have to hear this once.” Sunblock, Retin-A and Dysport or Botox can stop, if not reverse the aging process in the face. How much, how often and the strength of the products all play a part in what works for you but they will work if used correctly. Let’s look at the different aspects of the aging face; loss of fat, thinning skin, dermal cracks/creases and how each can be arrested to minimize their affects.
Sunblock will stop the affects of UVA and UVB rays in decreasing collagen and elastin, the foundation of healthy young skin. Collagen matrix is what gives skin it’s firmness and elastin is what lets skin stretch and “bounce” back into place. Lose one or both and you have loose skin that no longer resists and protects.
Retin-A is the cornerstone of any anti-aging regimen; it stimulates collagen and elastin, stops melanocytes from making excess melanin (age spots) and smoothes fine to medium wrinkles. This power house is tricky since initially it irritates the skin, making it red and peel and is the reason many people stop using this product. If you work through this pain-staking process you will be rewarded with thicker, clearer, age resistant skin.
Dysport and Botox, mainstays in wrinkle management, work by decreasing the force of contraction of the muscles in the face. This decrease in movement stops the erosion of fat, reducing the trauma in the skin that causes dermal cracks and creases, also known as wrinkles. When dermal cracks and creases prevail we add dermal fillers into the mix. Most of these fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the body that replaces fat, filling in the crease and stimulating collagen and elastin to repair the trauma that has occurred, effectively reversing the aging process.
Once incorporating these three proven treatments into your personal regimen you will understand why they stand the test of time. They really work!
In good health,
Dr Scott & the PWC Team!
Top 10 Anti-Aging Tips
1. Sleep – 7 – 9 Hours Nightly
2. Exercise – 180 Minutes Per Week
3. Eat a Balanced Diet: 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein, 30% Fat (Good Fats); 1500-1800 Calories Daily for men, 1200-1500 Calories Daily for Women
4. Balance your hormones and replace as needed.
5. Sunblock – SPF 100+, if possible.
6. Retin-A everyday at bedtime.
7. Dysport or Botox every 3 months.
8. Supplements: identify deficiencies and replace as needed.
9. Decrease your exposure to environment toxins: BPA’s; First, Second and Third Hand Smoke, Excessive Alcohol Intake
10. Have purpose in your life!