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Treating/eradicating 5 Major Signs Of Aging
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Treating/eradicating 5 Major Signs Of Aging

There are a few things you can do to stop, or even reverse, aging; live a healthy lifestyle, stay out of the sun or at least protect yourself from UV rays and DON’T SMOKE. But everyone ages, albeit at different rates, and there are a few major signs of aging that are dead giveaways.

1. Hands: As you get older your hands become less elastic when collagen and elastin fiber is lost. Surface changes such as brown spots from the sun and your heredity all play a part in how early these changes take place. Since wearing gloves 24/7 isn’t a realistic answer, plastic surgeons have devised techniques to help turn the clock back.

IPL (Intense Pulse Laser) treatment: IPL removes sun-damaged pigmentation and broken capillaries, making skin tone and texture look and feel smooth and even.

‘hand lift’: Fat is removed from one part of the body and injected into the back of the hands to fill in ridges.

Cosmetic fillers (Scuptra or Perliane): Similar to those used on faces, are injected to, again, fill in the ridges in hands.

Removing dark brown spots: This can be accomplished by chemical peels. Not as invasive and is accomplished by bleaching, using alpha-hydroxy creams or topical lotions on the skin on the back of your hands. See your plastic surgeon for information and/or prescriptions.

2. Bags Under Eyes: Bags under your eyes are caused by heredity, fluid retention or allergies where the area under your eyes is filled with fluid and fat. The under eye area becomes more pronounced as you age as the skin under the eyes loses elasticity and thins.

There are many healthy, natural recourses you can use to shrink the bags. Cutting salt from your diet, using cold compresses (cucumbers WORK), and moisturizing creams and serums currently on the market.

If that doesn’t do the job, there are more intensive, surgical remedies. Blepharoplasty removes the fat and excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Restylane or Juvederm is injected to fill out the area around eye.

3. Wrinkles Around The Mouth: This area is much shallower than and lacks the elasticity of the hand and is one of the first areas on the body to wrinkle. Sun exposure and smoking can contribute to wrinkling around the mouth as well.

Botox injections relaxes the muscles around the mouth so the lines disappear and an injection lasts between 3-6 months. Bovine Collagen injections are also used but skin tests are necessary since about 10% of the population is allergic to it. The longest lasting method is Autologous fat transfer. Fat is removed from one part of the body (buttocks, stomach or thighs) and used to fill in wrinkles around the mouth.

4. The Neck: Excess skin on the neck is commonly referred to as “wattle” and is caused by weak or loose neck muscles.

Botox injections work by relaxing the neck muscles, releasing wrinkling in the neck area. If that isn’t enough, there is platysmaplasty surgery. This surgery will tighten loose, sagging skin in the neck area and below the jaw line. This procedure is usually performed with a facelift and lasts about an hour.

5. Varicose Veins: Varicose veins usually occur on legs and feet because standing and walking puts pressure on the veins. As you age, the veins lose elasticity and stretch and weaken so blood may flow backward instead of towards the heart. Blood pools in the veins and they become varicose.

Exercise, lose weight, avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time and/or elevating your legs when resting all help avoid and/or lessen varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy is done when non-surgery methods fail. A solution is injected in the varicose veins that burns and closes them. Under normal circumstances, the varicose veins fade in a matter of weeks.

Laser therapy is also available. The veins are treated with bursts of light. Slowly fading the veins.

The most invasive therapy is the Phlebectomy which strips veins. This is performed by removing a long vein through small incisions.


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I came to a crossroads with this. I am going to age with graces, and treat every day as a gift. thanks for the great article!

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  about 8 years ago

Love your attitude. I can't say I'm that I''m mature, just older. There are tons more info on my website. When I started researching how to take care of my body, complexion, etc., I wanted to pass the info I found on and that's the way I found to do it rather bugging my friends until they started to avoid me ;)))

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  about 8 years ago
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