January 2018

The Secrets to Aging Gracefully

Author: Amanda Ellis

Between your 20s and 60s, you begin undergoing the three Ds of aging (whether you like it or not): deterioration, deflation and descent. Although the process of aging is something no one can avoid, it’s not all doom and gloom. If you follow a simple, yet effective antiaging process, you can avoid ever needing surgical intervention at all.

In your 20s
Skin care is more than skin deep. Taking care of yourself means getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and eating a healthy diet. Foods rich in omega-3s, vitamin C and zinc are essential to keeping our complexion clear and bright. Our bodies break down the food we eat for energy and rebuilding. If we’re missing out on vitamins and minerals, it shows first in our face. It’s also vital to avoid smoking, artificial tanning and dehydrating agents such as caffeine and alcohol.

Fortunately, during this time of your life your skincare regimen can be minimal. The most important factor to remember is to always wear sunscreen, no matter the weather. You’re not only avoiding sunburn, but you’re also trying not to accumulate damage to your skin—especially in our sunny and warm climate. Don’t skimp on sunscreen application even on rainy days! It’s wise to splurge and get a brand you love and trust. Two of my favorites are EltaMD® and Jane Iredale for their combination of protection and perfection.

In your 30s
During this time, you should begin adding to your skincare routine—starting laser treatments and light therapy. Beginning treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and Laser Genesis not only improve your brown and red discolorations, but they also add a degree of tightening and pore reduction that you don’t get with topical skin care alone. At this age, a routine monthly in-office treatment does wonders to help fight the aging process. I recommend the HydraFacial and the Obagi Blue Radiance Peel, which are perfect for immediately improving skin texture and overall brightness. These treatments require little to no downtime, so they are perfect for the busy mom or business woman.

In your 40s
In addition to the aforementioned lasers and skincare regimen, you may want to begin undergoing routine injections, such as Botox® and Xeomin® during this time. Depending on your individual need and desired appearance, women can begin having preventative injections in their mid- to late-thirties. I think of it like buying a car and putting it in a garage. If you come back in 20 years, the car will still be in mint condition. In the long run, treating your skin the same way will pay off.

Neurotoxins used in facial injectables have been on the market for over 20 years and are widely used not only in the United States, but around the world. Dermal filler brands to know are: Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Belotero® and Volbella®. These fillers are all naturally based gels; no allergic testing is needed before they are injected, and they can be adjusted by an enzyme. They’re quick fixes that are reversible, and can last up to 18 months.
After three or four treatments, these modern fillers become embedded with your skin’s collagen. So, at each of your next injections, your skin will begin to stimulate its own new collagen growth. This means your skin’s firmness, elasticity, suppleness and overall integrity are healthier than they were when you started.

In your 50s and beyond
Rather than undergoing a more radical and invasive facelift surgery, which we might have had to do 20 years ago, we now have a way to create lifting from your own skin’s volume with a long-lasting rejuvenation filler called Bellafill®. With Bellafill, volume can be placed deeper in the skin, allowing it to last longer than any of its counter parts, with case studies showing results even up to 10 years. The collagen in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift for results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the office.

Bellafill® also contains an enzyme called PMMA, or Polymethyl Methacrylate, which helps your collagen rebuild itself. Over time, the original collagen that was injected is reabsorbed into your skin, while the PMMA microspheres are left behind. These microspheres create a supportive base that allow more of your own collagen to develop.

If you’re late to the party, don’t worry. But time is of the essence. Don’t put off a routine skincare regimen that you can begin with the help of a medical esthetician who has all of the tools, treatments and valuable knowledge to share with you to start slowing the hands of time. The non-invasive antiaging options we have today are far better than they’ve ever been, making surgery less and less of a requirement to be able to look and feel your best. And remember, looking and feeling young starts as a mindset. So, get happy and you’ll be on your way.

Amanda Ellis is lead esthetician at Island Medical Spa. For more information, visit sungatemedicalgroup.com/services/island-medical-spa.

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