Welcome to the first in our 3 part blog discussing age related skin care concerns for your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and what you can proactively do to fight back and reverse the signs of aging.
In your 30’s:
Wrinkles and sun damage may begin to appear. Your skin may seem less radiant and may show signs of discoloration.
What you can do to fight back:
Skin pigmentation problems such as sun damage and blotchiness can start to appear in our thirties. Whereas daily sunscreen use will help prevent further damage, Intense Pulse Light or IPL treatments will help pick up sun damage under the skin surface and allow your skin to repair itself from the inside out, resulting in a smoother, fresher complexion.
Wrinkles start to appear in our thirties predominately in the brow, then out to the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. Botox Cosmetic, dramatically reduces facial wrinkles by simply reducing their cause, the muscles underneath your skin that contract to crumple your skin, resulting in wrinkles and folds on the surface.
Milder skin resurfacing treatments using Radio Frequency (RF energy) such as eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation can also help reduce the appearance of old Acne Scars along with Sun Damage, Discoloration and Wrinkles and Fine Lines. While it heats the deep dermal layer of the skin it significantly stimulates collagen and even more importantly, elastin production which gives skin that “snap back” firmness.
We’ve all been told (probably by our mothers) that it’s important to get your beauty rest. But, is there really any truth to this or was that Mom tactics for trying to get us to go to bed!!
Well, it turns out that some Swedish scientists have found that Mom was right and there is truth to this myth and they have the evidence to prove it.
The study was set out to find out specifically how others judge our attractiveness and health after a healthy night sleep versus sleep deprivation. There were 23 participants in the study, all between the ages of 18 and 31, and they were photographed after getting a full 8 hours of sleep and again when limited to 5 hours of sleep followed by 31 hours of sleep deprivation. The scientists then asked a group of untrained observers to rate the photographs based on the appearance of healthiness, attractiveness and overall tiredness. The observers were not told any information about the pictures but simply asked to rate them based on their opinion of the 3 areas of study.
“Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested,” wrote the researchers. “This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”
We do know that long term sleep deprivation takes a heavy toll on our body’s, minds and looks but this is the first study to research the short term effects of sleep deprivation.
So, get some sleep and go from rough to ravishing!
Click here for a video on The Science of Sleep.
With all the sun damage that we intentionally and unintentionally inflict on our skin living in a sunny climate it’s wise to learn about steps to prevent and help reduce signs of sun damage caused from years of sun worshipping. An IPL treatment is ideal for those wishing to improve the skin tone of their face, neck, chest or hands.
Photofacial or IPL is a laser generated light that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to target various chromophores in the skin. It is an effective treatment for concerns such as Sun Damage, Age or Sun Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Freckles, Broken Capillaries, Redness or Flushing and Vascular Birthmarks (telangiectasias.) Patients suffering from Rosacea can also benefit from IPL treatments.
Best results typically require up to 4 treatments.
“Photofacials are the perfect treatment choice for those who suffer from Rosacea, Melasma, or pigmentation from sun exposure without any clinical downtime. It leaves the skin looking luminous a week after treatment!” says Robin McClain, A.R.N.P., M.S.N., FNP.
Sun care for your skin includes wearing a minimum SPF factor of 30 for the face during the daytime (most foundations now typically include SPF protection) even when you do not plan on staying outdoors for any length of time. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and high protection Sunscreen (30SPF or higher) for any prolonged outdoor activities and reapplying often are all ways for protecting your skin from the sun.
The true science of lip augmentation requires an understanding of the upper and lower lip relationship, lip style, and lip contour. Historically practitioners are treating lips with little understanding of lip forms. They simply fill them like tires causing sausage lips or the famous trout mouth or duck bill appearance seen all to often in Hollywood tabloids.
The first principle is the relationship between the upper and lower lip, the most basic aesthetic point. The next principle is lip style or shape like the Cupid’s style. The final principle is lip contour, the height of the vermillion lip border viewed from the side silhouette.
The goal with lip augmentation is to avoid making both upper and lower lips the same size. It is more aesthetically pleasing depending on the patients face and natural lip shape to have the upper lip slightly larger than lower lip, or most common the lower lip slightly more pouted the the upper lip. Either one of these styles is natural and attractive in appearance, especially if it hits the ‘golden mean’ or ‘golden proportion’ of 1 to 1.618 the magic number that seems to elicit a pleasing aesthetic to the human eye.
Historically, bruising resulted from dermal filler injections using traditional sharp needles. This caused frustration for both the physician and patient. This has now been reduced using the blunt cannula which passes under the skin and doesn’t cut the skin or blood vessels, minimizing bruising and pain.
Blunt tip Microcannulas are advancing the cosmetic filler procedure. These blunt tipped flexible microcannulas allow for fewer entry points, can cover a larger area, and reduce patient pain and bruising.
Using a micro-cannula, practitioners literally slide the blunt tip cannula under the skin after making a small needle injection site. The dermal filler can be applied with no pain or bruising. Also no local anesthesia is needed due to less painful injections.
In the US, soft tissue fillers are currently administered using sharp, hypodermic needles. The choice in length and gauge of needle is determined by the injector’s preferences, as well as the physical properties of the filler itself. While some adverse events are injector-dependent, others may be due to risks inherent to using sharp needles. The use of new, flexible cannulas with blunt tips may potentially both lower these risks and change the techniques by which fillers are administered in the future.
After offering the CoolSculpting procedure to patients for the past year, I finally decided to try it for myself in order to better understand the experience. I was very excited to try the procedure, and even more excited to be able to better communicate the experience of CoolSculpting with my patients. While I knew what to expect from watching and assisting patients do the procedure over and over again, I found myself a little anxious sitting in the chair waiting for the procedure to begin. I was most nervous about what it would feel like. Would I be in pain? The experience of being the patient, not the practitioner, made me feel slightly uneasy.
I will briefly describe my experience below. I did the medium size CoolSculpting applicator to my lower abdomen. While I am not overweight, I do have a tiny fat pad to my lower abdomen regardless of how much I work out. The large size applicator was definitely too big to fit my petite frame. I felt a cold, intense pressure to my lower abdomen as the applicator was applied. At first, it took my breath away a little and made me feel like I was unable to take deep breaths. I quickly adjusted to the sensation, and my breathing adapted to the pressure on my lower abdomen. The cold sensation turned to a warm, burning sensation and about 5 minutes into the procedure I felt almost nothing. The area seemed to turn numb, and I felt mild to moderate pressure for the remainder of the procedure. I have to say that I was relatively comfortable throughout the procedure.
After the procedure, the applicator was removed and I felt sore to my lower abdomen, like I had done a heavy work out. It has been about four days since my treatment, and the soreness to my lower abdomen is slowly fading. I had small pinpoint bruising to my lower abdomen following the procedure, which is also starting to fade. The soreness has not interfered with daily activities or my ability to exercise. A great advantage of the CoolSculpting procedure is that there is absolutely no downtime, and I was able to return to my normal routine immediately after my treatment. My lower abdomen feels slightly numb to touch, which I was expecting, and this will likely last about 3-6 weeks.
I am extremely glad that I decided to do the CoolSculpting procedure, and I hope that this helps patients to understand what the experience is like. CoolSculpting is a safe, clinically proven procedure that is FDA-cleared for cryolipolysis, the destruction of fat permanently. There are no needles, no special diets, no supplements, and no surgery associated with treatment. Now, I will be anxiously awaiting my results over the next 4-8 weeks.
While exercise is important to maintaining a healthy body weight, many of my patients often complain about stubborn abdominal fat that never seems to go away. Countless hours at the gym and sit-ups may not always reduce unwanted abdominal bulges. A solution to this problem is a revolutionary procedure called CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is a clinically proven and non-invasive procedure that destroys unwanted fat cells by a controlled cooling method known as Cryolipolysis. Over a period of two to four months following the procedure, the crystallized fat cells break down and are naturally flushed from the body. On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment, patients can attain further fat reductions with additional procedures.
CoolSculpting is ideal for patients who are physically fit and who are at or close to their ideal body weight. Patients may start to see results following one CoolSculpting procedure as quickly as three weeks after treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Since fat cells are permanently removed after the CoolSculpting procedure, long-term results should remain stable as long as you maintain your weight with normal diet and exercise.
Patients can expect minimal discomfort during the treatment, and may return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. Some patients may experience redness, minimal tenderness, minor bruising, tingling, or numbness in the treated area, but this is temporary.
Dr. Jeffrey Hunt and the team at the Vein and Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay were the first in the area to offer this innovative procedure for reduction of unwanted abdominal fat. Come see us for a free CoolSculpting consultation. We will assist you with designing a plan that suits you best and addresses your fat reduction goals.
Now is the perfect time to schedule your CoolSculpting treatment! We are featuring half-off CoolSculpting for the month of January!