Rugged men don’t care anything about skin care, do they?

Well, actually, they do – and the proof is in the market today, illustrated in the soaring sales of men’s skincare products. In 2021, Global Industry Analysts, Inc., predicted that the global men’s skincare products market could reach $16.3 billion by 2026 – that’s a billion with a “b”.

While men tend to gravitate toward simplicity in their daily routines, they also want to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. The high demand for men’s skincare products shows how strongly men have accepted the challenge of achieving an advanced level of skin care.

Do men need their own lines of skincare products?

Because men produce more collagen and sebum (oil) than women, men’s skin tends to be thicker and oilier than their female counterparts. The increase in collagen and sebum makes it difficult for some skincare ingredients in women’s products to be effective on a man’s skin.

Do men need their own lines of skincare products?

How can men select the best care routine for their skin?

To select appropriate skin care products, men should first identify their skin type, which can be one of the following:

  • Normal, clear, and relatively oil-free skin
  • Oily skin and acne-prone skin that is shiny and greasy
  • Dry skin that is flaky, itchy, and rough
  • Sensitive skin that may sting or burn after product use
  • Combination skin, which is dry in some areas and oily in others

What are the essential elements that men should consider for skin care?

Skincare regimens can be complex, but men should follow a baseline routine to maintain a healthier and more youthful complexion. For the simplest routine, the basic steps of skin care include:

  1. cleansing,
  2. moisturizing,
  3. and exfoliating.

Board-certified dermatologists can recommend products for targeting specific skin concerns that are appropriate for each skin type.

What should men look for in cleansers?

Cleansing is always step one, as removing dirt and achieving clean skin is a must. Men should cleanse their faces every morning and evening to remove the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin’s surface.

What should men look for in cleansers?

Cleansing helps the pores to open and also renews the outer skin to keep it youthful, smooth, and with a radiant appearance. A face wash enables other products to penetrate better into the skin. Cleansers should be both mild and hydrating.

Older men experience decreased cell turnover as they age. A twice-daily face wash can help gently remove this buildup of dead skin cells and reveal a more youthful-looking complexion.

It is important to avoid harsh soaps that can hurt the skin’s protective barrier, damage the skin, and aggravate skin conditions. For your face wash, also strive for fragrance-free products to avoid unwanted chemicals.

How do you choose an effective cleanser?

Pay close attention to product labels and ingredients, and choose cleansers that are appropriate for your skin type and are paraben-free. If you have acne-prone skin, look for oil-free cleansers that won’t clog your pores.

If you have sensitive skin and other skin concerns, use mild products that are fragrance-free, as added fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated and dry.

Some recommended cleansers are formulated with aloe vera, green tea extract, and Camilla leaf extract and are designed to remove debris and impurities while calming and protecting the skin.

What is not recommended as a cleanser?

What is not recommended as a cleanser?

Avoid bar soap, which can contain harsh ingredients that may dry out the skin. Facial cleansers are specifically formulated for the skin on your face, unlike bar soap and body wash products. You should also ensure that your skincare products are oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free.

What are the dangers of parabens?

Parabens are chemical preservatives that are widely used in cosmetic and skincare products. Products with parabens should be avoided because parabens are known to increase:

  • Estrogen levels in the body
  • Cellular damage related to UV exposure
  • Risks to certain cancers
  • Skin sensitivity, causing allergic reactions

Is it important to cleanse the face after working out?

Cleansing after a workout is definitely a must, as sweat can mix with dirt and bacteria, clog pores, and cause breakouts. After your workout, use your personal skin care products to cleanse your face. If you skip this step, you run the risk of breakouts and dull skin.

Avoid using the gym’s products since commercial products may not be alcohol-free and paraben-free, and could harm your skin and strip it of moisture.

How often should you apply moisturizers?

How often should you apply moisturizers?

In the morning, after the skin is cleansed, apply an oil-free and water-resistant moisturizer with SPF 30+ properties to guard your skin against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Even incidental sun exposure can add up and cause skin damage. At night, after your evening facial cleansing, you can use a moisturizer without sunscreen.

What benefits do moisturizers provide?

Men no longer have to use the same moisturizer products that women do. There are effective moisturizers designed just for men’s skin, and a skincare specialist can recommend the best moisturizer for your skin type.

Moisturizers deliver vitamins and nutrients to the skin, provide deep hydration, and create a barrier to protect the skin from damaging environmental factors such as pollution.

Applying a moisturizer in the morning replenishes moisture lost during sleep, and using a moisturizer at night adds nutrients that help skin cells regenerate as you sleep.

What are exfoliation recommendations for men?

Exfoliating helps to eliminate dead skin cells and to further cleanse your skin. This process also helps to unclog your pores and prevent ingrown hair. Exfoliation will make your skin healthier and help rid your skin of blackheads and/or acne.

What are exfoliation recommendations for men?

Salicylic acid can be used as a pre-shave exfoliant because it is also an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant that can combat redness and damage.

For various skin concerns, benzoyl peroxide can also be used to rid skin of bacteria that may cause bumps, but it is harsher than salicylic acid and could cause stinging or burning in sensitive skin.

How often should you exfoliate?

Exfoliating once or twice a week is typically recommended. Men’s most straightforward skincare routine is cleaning their facial skin twice daily (morning and evening) and exfoliating twice a week.

Maintaining this skincare routine will help men avoid acne, redness, wrinkles, dark spots, or other typical skincare concerns. Exfoliating before shaving can prevent the razor from clogging with dead skin cells.

What are common skincare concerns that men face?

Shaving often causes men to experience bumpy skin, increased oil (sebum) production, and irritated skin. Dermatologists frequently treat men for razor burns, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or pimples. An appropriate skincare routine in conjunction with shaving can improve skin and minimize these irritations.

A good shaving cream should contain ingredients that protect and hydrate your skin to minimize irritation and leave your face feeling light and smooth after shaving instead of tight and dry.

How can men lessen the irritating effects of shaving?

For a comfortable shave, rinse the face with warm water to open pores and soften the hairs on your face. Apply the shea butter or a calming shaving cream, and then shave. Rinse the face and wipe away any excess lotion. No matter what shaving cream you use, it should contain ingredients that will protect and hydrate your skin to minimize irritation.

How can men lessen the irritating effects of shaving?

Shave in the direction of hair growth, and after shaving, use an aftershave mist with antioxidant and antiseptic properties to help soothe and protect your skin.

Can shea butter be used as an effective shaving cream?

For men with sensitive skin, applying shea butter as a facial lotion before shaving allows the razor to glide smoothly over facial hair and still provide a close shave. Shea butter also has healing and soothing properties, and helps prevent razor burn and the outbreak of red bumps after shaving.

Is it recommended to apply a serum after shaving?

Applying a serum after shaving can make a big difference in achieving clearer, younger-looking skin. Serums are formulated with high levels of active ingredients (such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and peptides) that work to calm irritations and brighten skin.

What are the specific benefits of Vitamin C and Vitamin E for men?

Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient that improves skin tone and texture, hydrates the skin, and reduces signs of aging. Vitamin C serum can brighten your complexion and protect your skin against damage caused by sun exposure and harmful free radicals. 

What are common skincare concerns that men face?

In addition to vitamin C serum, vitamin E is another antioxidant known for its anti-aging properties. Vitamin E protects skin cells from free radicals, which helps slow down signs of aging, and is often used in sunscreens and daily moisturizers due to its photoprotective properties.

Why is hyaluronic acid an important component of men’s skincare?

Hyaluronic acid is an effective ingredient in many skin care products that can help men erase fine lines and reduce wrinkles. Not only does hyaluronic acid help skin to look younger, but it also replenishes moisture in the skin, repairs skin that has been damaged by UV rays, and rejuvenates the outer layers of the skin for a refreshed appearance. As an anti-aging tool, hyaluronic acid also has antioxidant properties to help protect skin from the elements.

Are there essential oils that are beneficial for facial skin?

Tea tree oil can help soothe dry skin by reducing itching and irritation. It has also been shown to be more effective than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate creams in treating eczema. 

Are there essential oils that are beneficial for facial skin?

The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil contribute to its ability to combat oily skin, and its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve the discomfort of dry, itchy skin. You can add this essential oil to your skincare regimen by mixing 1–3 drops of tea tree oil into your toner, moisturizer, mask, or sunscreen. 

What are other ways to protect your skin?

To avoid sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer, it is vital to apply sunscreen daily to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, and neck.

For best protection, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

A sunscreen product can protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging. Sunscreen products also help maintain an even skin tone and prevent skin cancer.

What should men know about acne?

Acne includes the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of pimples on the skin. The cause of acne can be traced to the sebaceous glands, which release generous quantities of sebum during adolescence and continue to do so throughout life.

Sweating can aggravate acne, which manifests in men mainly on the face and back. Breakouts on the back often happen in hot weather or after exercising. Shaving bumps on the face can appear to be acne, but ingrown hairs or shaving mistakes are often the real cause.

How can facial acne be treated in men?

Using a gentle washcloth on your skin, wash your face twice a day with cleansers recommended by a board-certified dermatologist. When shaving, use a prescription antibiotic foam that you can mix with your shaving cream to help prevent breakouts.

After shaving, apply a soothing serum, gel, or cream containing benzoyl peroxide, retinol, or salicylic acid to your facial skin. To avoid experiencing shaving bumps, use an electric razor, and don’t shave too closely.

What are the skincare benefits of face masks?

Applying face masks once or twice a week can help remove dead skin cells and excess oil, unclog pores, reduce large pores, fade dark spots, and improve skin texture and tone. 

What are the skincare benefits of face masks?

Masks (such as clay masks, for example) contain active ingredients – such as hydroxy acids, lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid – that can draw out impurities that tend to clog larger pores or irritate the skin. 

Do clay masks work well for all men’s skin types?

Clay masks work well for all men’s skin types – even for men with dry skin because the specially formulated clay allows for the penetration of moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera. 

These masks can help shed dead cells, improve acne, reduce signs of premature aging, and improve circulation, resulting in more youthful, vibrant skin with a radiant appearance.

For men, what causes dark circles under the eyes?

Dark circles under the eyes can occur for various reasons, including lack of sleep, smoking, drinking, genetics, and allergies. 

Sleep seems to be the main culprit, as bags and dark circles tend to appear under the eyes when you don’t get enough sleep.

How can these dark circles be treated?

How can these dark circles be treated?

Dark circles under the eyes are a common problem, and their causes and intensity can vary from person to person. While some eye creams have proven to be effective in treating these dark circles, there is no one-size-fits-all eye cream for this purpose. A dermatologist can prescribe an effective eye cream according to the root cause behind your dark circles.

How can Sofwave™ technology further improve men’s facial skin?

Starting in our mid-20s, we all begin to lose collagen and elastin in our skin, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. Innovative Sofwave™ Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB™) technology uses ultrasound energy that passes through the skin’s surface, heating the mid-dermal tissue at just the precise depth and temperature to rejuvenate collagen fibers—increasing collagen results in an improved overall appearance of the skin. 

How safe is Sofwave™ technology?

Physicians and patients worldwide appreciate the safety features of this advanced Sofwave™ technology, which requires no needles, incisions, or anesthesia to safely restore your skin to a more youthful appearance.

How is this safety achieved?

Sofwave™ ultrasound energy cannot penetrate deeper than 2 mm, thus preventing skin injuries. Additionally, the system’s Sofcool™ cooling mechanism provides safety through real-time skin temperature monitoring, protecting the uppermost skin layer from burning. 

Patients feel only minimal discomfort during the 45-minute procedure. After this procedure, patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately.

How can Sofwave™ technology further improve men's facial skin?

Has the U.S. FDA cleared these Sofwave™ treatments?

Sofwave™ SUPERB™ technology is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment to improve facial lines and wrinkles, and for lifting eyebrows and lax neck and submental tissue.

Interested in a Sofwave™ procedure?

If you are interested in improving your skin through a Sofwave™ procedure, and would like to find a Sofwave™ practice near you, please contact us!

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    Facial Aesthetics are Key for Reclaiming Your Beautiful Self

    What is a facial aesthetics treatment?

    Facial aesthetic procedures are advanced treatments with rejuvenating properties for enhancing your appearance and improving your self-image and pride. Today’s innovative facial aesthetic treatments and skincare combine both art and modern science, so that even small changes can provide dramatic facial improvements. These treatments can soften wrinkles, fill acne pockmarks, contour the face, and define certain facial features.

    What are your facial aesthetic issues?

    Do you have blemishes? Wrinkles? Sagging skin? A crooked nose? An unattractive scar? If you are unhappy with a specific facial feature, this negative feeling can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem.

    When considering options for facial aesthetics, you should contact a medical professional for a consultation, as there are effective non-surgical and surgical procedures that can improve facial appearances.

    What are your facial aesthetic issues?

    What are the most popular procedures for surgical facial aesthetics?

    In the U.S., board-certified doctors often perform these surgical facial plastic procedures:

    • Rhinoplasty:

      Reshaping the nose

    • Blepharoplasty:

      Reducing excess skin on upper and/or lower eyelids

    • Browlift:

      Improving forehead wrinkles and droopy eyebrows

    • Rhytidectomy:

      Tightening the skin on the face and neck

    • Liposuction:

      Removing excess fat under the chin or in the neck

    • Facial implants:

      Making certain facial features more defined

    • Otoplasty:

      Reshaping the ears

    • Facial reconstruction:

      Repairing defects with reconstructive surgery

    What are traditional non-surgical types of facial aesthetics?

    Non-surgical facial aesthetics can include everything from skincare to non-invasive procedures performed by qualified medical professionals.

    What are some of the traditional non-surgical treatments?

    What are some of the traditional non-surgical treatments?

    Traditional non-surgical facial aesthetics treatments include:

    • Botulinum toxin

      (Botox) injections and collagen injections

    • Topical treatments

      Skin care and other products such as hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and retinoid products

    • Dermal fillers and fat transfer procedures

    • Exfoliation processes

      Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and microdermabrasion

    • Photodynamic rejuvenation 

      Photodynamic rejuvenation and laser/light resurfacing treatments

    • Laser resurfacing

      Laser resurfacing and laser skin rejuvenation

    • Ultrasound

      Devices such as Sofwave to cause collagen remodelling

    Of these traditional methods, what is the most popular treatment?

    Botox injections are among the most popular cosmetic medical procedures. Botulinum toxin blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle, which simply means Botox is a type of muscle relaxer.

    Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract – and when that muscle stops contracting, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles also stops. Consequently, the skin smooths out.

    How has Sofwave™ revolutionized non-surgical facial aesthetics?

    How has Sofwave™ revolutionized non-surgical facial aesthetics?

    In 2020, Sofwave™ unveiled its next-generation ultrasound technology for treating wrinkles and lax skin. Sofwave™ Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB™) technology is now a preferred treatment for many doctors and their clients. The ultrasound energy precisely passes through the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers, improving facial and neck appearances.

    How safe is Sofwave™ technology?

    Physicians and patients worldwide appreciate the safety features of this Sofwave™ SUPERB™ advanced technology.

    With these treatments, doctors require no needles, no incisions, and no anesthesia to safely restore your skin to a more youthful appearance.

    How is this safety achieved?

    Sofwave™ ultrasound energy cannot penetrate deeper than 2 mm, thus preventing skin injuries.

    The system’s Sofcool™ cooling mechanism provides safety through real-time skin temperature monitoring, protecting the uppermost skin layer from burning. Treated patients feel only minimal discomfort during the 45-minute procedure.

    Can Sofwave™ treatments replace surgical procedures?

    Has the U.S. FDA cleared these Sofwave™ treatments?

    Sofwave™ SUPERB™ technology has is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment to improve facial lines and wrinkles and for lifting eyebrows and lax neck and submental tissue.

    Can Sofwave™ treatments replace surgical procedures?

    Depending on the goal, Sofwave™ can be an effective solution vs. plastic surgery. To obtain more information and locate a Sofwave™ provider near you, please contact us.

    What industry recognition has Sofwave™ received?

    In 2021, ELLE Magazine’s “2021 Future of Beauty Awards” named Sofwave™ as one of the best in the In-Office Skin Treatment Category. In April, Sofwave™ was named this year’s NewBeauty Award winner for “Best Latest in Ultrasound.”

    How can you decide which facial aesthetics procedure is the right one?

    Board-certified plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists  and their teams will advise clients and ensure that results will be in balance with the patient’s other facial features.

    Where are facial aesthetic treatments available?

    Where are facial aesthetic treatments available?

    In almost every country, medical aesthetic services are now widely provided in medical spas and in offices of physicians who are board-certified with a vast knowledge of facial aesthetics and services.

    An Internet search can provide you with more details on facial aesthetics and on medical spas that you can visit for more information.

    Why don’t you schedule a Sofwave™ appointment today?

    If you are interested in a non-invasive alternative to surgery, ask a Sofwave™ team member how you can achieve facial and neck improvements with 45-minute treatments performed in the office of a board-certified physician.

    Visit a Sofwave™ provider’s office today! For more information and to find a Sofwave™ practice near you, please contact us.

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    • “What is Aesthetic Medicine: Definition and Overview,” DocDoc.com, https://www.docdoc.com/medical-information/specialties/aesthetics-doctors

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      Eyebrows Lifting – a Non-Surgical

      What causes the sagging eyebrows that make us look tired and tense?

      Aging and sun damage can cause our foreheads to wrinkle and our eyebrows to sag, making us seem tired and tense. As we get older, our skin naturally loses collagen, a crucial protein that keeps our skin looking firm and youthful. During the aging process, our skin also gets thinner, with downward gravity causing sagging, especially around the eyes. Sagging eyebrows, or heavy brows, make our eyes look droopy, and increase our deep furrows and facial frown lines – resulting in a “down” appearance that can affect our self-confidence. Eyebrows are a defining feature of any face, so it is important to pay attention to their appearance.

      What can be done to correct sagging eyebrows?

      Botulinum toxin injections can give some eyebrow raise but for more significant ptosis a brow lift can help you brighten your outward appearance so that it matches the bright way you feel inside. Your face should reflect your youthful spirit. Eyebrows frame the eyes and are an important element of your facial appearance and expression. A brow lift can change your appearance and shed years off your visible age.

      How can your eyebrows be restored to a more youthful appearance?

      To lift your sagging eyebrows and heavy upper eyelids, and to refresh your entire facial and neck appearance, Sofwave™ Medical Ltd. (Sofwave™) has developed Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB™)technology, which can dramatically lift your eyebrows and reduce the wrinkles in your furrowed forehead – all without having to schedule surgery with a cosmetic surgeon and allowing you to avoid enduring a long healing process.

      How can your eyebrows be restored

      How does Sofwave™ SUPERB™ technology lift sagging eyebrows?

      Sofwave™ SUPERB™ technology revitalizes skin through ultrasound treatments that stimulate the new production of collagen – the protein responsible for the firmness and elasticity of healthy skin. This ultrasound energy precisely passes through the skin’s surface (the epidermis), heating the mid-dermal tissue at just the right depth and temperature to stimulate collagen fiber production and improve the overall appearance of the skin. This ultrasound energy causes tissue to heat up rapidly. Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain higher temperature, they are stimulated to produce more collagen and elastin – which consequently lifts your sagging brow and revives skin to a younger, more wrinkle-free appearance. The impacted treatment zones stimulate a healing response, called neocollagenesis and neoelastogenesis, which increases and regenerates the collagen and elastin in the skin – thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles, lifting the eyebrows, and lifting the lax skin of the submental (beneath-the-chin) and neck tissues.

      How does Sofwave™ technology protect the skin during these cosmetic procedures?

      The Sofwave™ ultrasound treatment creates a controlled, elongated, and directional thermal coagulation at a depth of 1.5 mm in the mid-dermis – achieving beneficial effects with minimal penetration, while ensuring no damage to the epidermis or to underlying nerves, bones, blood vessels, or face and neck tissue. The ultrasound energy is absorbed and cannot penetrate deeper than 2 mm, thus preventing injuries. During the Sofwave™ ultrasound treatment, the SUPERB™ system’s Sofcool™ cooling mechanism provides real-time skin temperature monitoring and protects the uppermost skin layer from burning – ensuring the safety of this cosmetic procedure.

      Are Sofwave™ ultrasound treatments appropriate for all skin types?

      The Sofwave™ SUPERB™ ultrasound treatment is ideal for all skin types, as ultrasound absorption is determined by the microscopic and bulk mechanical properties of tissue and is independent of skin color or pigmentation. Cosmetic surgeons recommend this procedure for patients who are not ready for surgical options. This procedure is also ideal for patients who desire to undergo a simple procedure with minimal discomfort, and who want to see visible results within two weeks.

      How does Sofwave™ technology protect the skin during procedure

      What do patients typically experience during these treatments?

      As the Sofwave™ ultrasound energy is delivered, patients may feel a warmness of the skin, which can be resolved by applying a topical anesthetic cream just before the treatment. Following the treatment, patients usually experience no sensations, and there is no need to apply any special care to the skin. Discomfort levels are usually very mild, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately, and no post-treatment care or surgeon follow-up is required.

      Has this technology been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

      Sofwave™ SUPERB™ technology has been FDA cleared for reducing facial lines and wrinkles, lifting the eyebrow, and lifting lax skin of the submental (beneath-the-chin) and neck tissues.

      Is eyebrow lifting with Sofwave™ treatments safe to do?

      The non-invasive Sofwave™ procedure has been proven to be very safe and effective. In clinical testing, patients did not experience any skin penetration, pain or tenderness, bruising, ulcerations, or skin pigmentation. Additionally, the treatments, which take approximately 30–45 minutes to cover the full face and neck region, are performed by qualified healthcare providers who have received specific training. These ultrasound treatments are designed to minimize patients’ downtime and to enable them to return to their normal activities right away.

      How many Sofwave™ treatments are necessary for a successful eyebrow lift?

      Typically, the Sofwave™ treatment protocol, which is administered by a trained healthcare provider, calls for just one or two treatments, depending on the patient’s skin condition and a board-certified physician’s recommendations.

      How long does it take to see improvement in facial skin and upper eyelids?

      Immediate results can be seen as soon as one week following the Sofwave™ treatment. The collagen regeneration process can sometimes take up to 12 weeks, so patients can expect to see ongoing improvements within the first few weeks or three months after their treatment.

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      Who is a good candidate for Sofwave™ eyebrow lift?

      Good candidates for this in-office procedure are in their 20s or older, and have drooping eyebrows, mild to moderate skin aging, and fine lines and wrinkles. Also, ideal candidates should not have smoking in their medical history.

      In addition to Sofwave™ ultrasound treatments, are there reconstructive surgery methods or other procedure options for a brow lift?

      There are a variety of treatment options for a brow lift. In addition to eyelid surgery, which lifts the excess skin and excess fat off your eyelids, the leading brow lift surgery options are the following reconstructive surgery procedures:

      Coronal brow lift (or classic brow lift)

      This is performed under general anesthesia by a board-certified surgeon. This facial cosmetic surgery involves an incision that starts just above the ear level and follows the hairline up the forehead to the next ear. With this reconstructive surgery procedure, a facial plastic surgeon performs a forehead lift to adjust fat, tissues, and facial muscles, and to trim excess skin. The coronal brow lift is also known as an “open brow lift” reconstructive surgery.

      Endoscopic brow lift

      An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure for brow lift surgery performed by a facial plastic surgeon under general anesthesia. For this endoscopic method, the surgeon makes small incisions that are hidden in the hair and uses specialized equipment to gently release and elevate the brow tissue. Generally, the endoscopic brow lift procedure involves faster healing time and less bruising than the classic approach.

      Temporal brow lift (also called a limited-incision brow lift or a lateral lift)

      A temporal brow lift involves the facial cosmetic surgeon making one small incision in the forehead that is carefully hidden within the hairline. This cosmetic procedure provides a forehead lift that, in turn, lifts the eyebrow by focusing on the outer third of the brow.

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      What are the post-treatment instructions for brow lift surgery procedures?

      In the first few days after a surgical brow lift, patients of brow lift surgery are typically instructed to rest with their head elevated and to take pain medication as recommended by their physician. Facial plastic surgery patients usually receive specific instructions to apply cold compresses to their incision areas in order to relieve swelling and to also avoid exposing their incisions to excessive pressure or motion for a certain number of days.

      What are the risks of a surgical brow lift?

      • Risks associated with surgical brow lift procedures include:
      • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
      • Asymmetry in the position of the brows, or brows that are too high
      • Eye irritation or dryness
      • Elevated hairline or hair loss at the incision site in the forehead skin
      • Bleeding, infection, and/or scarring in the forehead tissues
      • Swelling and bruising, along with a rare risk of blood clots
      • Possible damage to underlying muscles

      What are neuromodulators, which are used for a non-surgical brow lift?

      Neuromodulation is defined by the International Neuromodulation Society as “the alteration of nerve activity through targeted delivery of a stimulus, such as electrical stimulation or chemical agents, to specific neurological sites in the body.” In addition to reconstructive surgery options for the upper face, neuromodulators (which include botulinum toxin therapies) are non-surgical methods for lifting the eyebrows and also the sagging skin causing forehead wrinkles through the use of injections that temporarily weaken the muscles that are pulling the eyebrows down. As a result, the eyebrows are lifted, and the eyes appear bigger and more open. These treatments are generally accomplished with only slight discomfort, and the effects of these procedures usually last approximately three months.

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      What are some of the risks with botulinum toxin therapies?

      Botulinum toxin injections must be administered in the correct facial locations for the best and most natural-looking results – otherwise, the eyebrows could be asymmetrical following the treatment. Other risks associated with botulinum toxin therapies include:

      • Minor pain and irritation at injections sites
      • Swelling, redness, or bruising
      • Mild headaches
      • Numbness
      • Drooping eyelids
      • Facial muscle weakness

      What are other methods for brow lifts?

      Dermal injections, which use skin-plumping solutions to fill in wrinkles, are also used for a brow lift. Since brows tend to droop because of deflation of soft tissue fullness under the lateral brow, and because of skin laxity, the injection of fillers or fat below the eyebrow restores fullness and thus causes a noticeable elevation of the brow.

      What are the disadvantages of dermal injections?

      While dermal injections can be completed in minutes, and no downtime is required, additional injections are typically required to maintain the initial results. Also, patients may experience possible pain, swelling, redness, and discomfort at the injection sites.

      What are the advantages of Sofwave™ SUPERB™ ultrasound treatments over these other methods?

      SUPERB™ ultrasound technology requires no needles, no incisions, and no anesthesia to restore your eyebrows and forehead to a more youthful appearance. Your hairline and forehead are left unchanged – with no scars from surgical incisions. Sofwave™ SUPERB™ ultrasound treatments are designed to achieve an ideal outcome though usually just one single procedure that lasts 30–45 minutes. Facial plastic surgeons are now recommending these safe and innovative Sofwave™ treatments for patients who prefer a non-surgical procedure for eyebrows lifting.

      advantages of Sofwave™ SUPERB™ ultrasound treatments

      How long have Sofwave™ ultrasound treatments been available?

      Sofwave™ unveiled its next-generation ultrasound technology in 2020 for treating wrinkles and lax skin. These state-of-the-art treatments quickly proved popular across the globe for patients to achieve effective brow lift without surgery or invasive procedures. Sofwave™ technology has become a preferred treatment for many physicians, as this ultrasound energy precisely passes through the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers, and to ultimately improve facial and neck appearances so that patients consistently achieve their desired results.

      What recognition has Sofwave™ received for this revolutionary technology?

      Sofwave™ was recently a recipient of Elle magazine’s 2021 Future of Beauty Awards, which honored the company’s technology in the “In-Office Skin Treatment” category as one of the best in the world in providing patients a younger appearance.

      Why don’t you schedule a Sofwave™ appointment today?

      In a simple outpatient procedure, Sofwave™ ultrasound technology addresses collagen remodeling so effectively that patients are spreading the word about this powerful, yet simple, procedure that has made them feel beautiful again – without having to go through painful recoveries. What other procedure can successfully improve your appearance in just one session and with minimal downtime? To find out how you can receive a non-surgical eyebrow lift, contact your Sofwave™ provider today! For more information, please go to Sofwave.com.

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        Collagen for Skin

        One of the newest health trends is collagen. It’s hard to walk out of a grocery store without seeing jars of powdered collagen supplements or other products derived from collagen, that claim they can improve the health of your skin and joints. Despite the recent gain in popularity as a nutritional supplement, collagen is still relatively new and many of us have questions about the recent surge in the popularity of collagen products.

        In this article, we will review some of the medical studies and claims on the topic of collagen. We will review the nutritional importance and the various sources and forms of collagen. We will also examine the basics of how our body produces natural collagen and what foods to eat to keep our skin healthy. We also highlight ways to stimulate the production of collagen. One of these is a new non-surgical cosmetic procedure that many dermatologists are seeing good results from.

        By the end of this article, you should have a better understanding of this new health trend as well as, answer the questions, do I need collagen supplements and do they work?

        What is Collagen?

        The word collagen derives from the Greek word kola, which means glue. This is true to its meaning since collagen really is like an adhesive that holds many of our body’s tissues together. For example, collagens are the main structural component of connective tissue that are bound together to form a triple helix known as the collagen helix. It is mostly found in connective tissue such as skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage.

        Collagen is known as the protein that gives skin its suppleness and keeps joints healthy. In fact, collagen is found in your bones, muscles, and blood and makes up three-quarters of your skin and a third of your body’s protein.

        Molecular structure of collagen

        As we age, collagen breaks down, making it more difficult for the body to produce new collagen. As a result, we begin to lose collagen, and our skin loses its suppleness and strength. This degradation of collagen causes wrinkles and an aged appearance.

        To try and offset this change in our bodies, many people will begin using collagen supplements as part of their skin anti-aging regime. These collagen supplements come in various forms, including powder, tablets, creams, and liquid collagen.

        Our bodies make up 16 distinct types of collagens. Most common in the human body are Type l, ll, and lll.

        • Type l collagen is the most common and is in our bones, ligaments, and tendons. Type I is also found in the skin, where it helps maintain the skin’s suppleness and strength.
        • Collagen Type II is in cartilage.
        • Type III is in the skin, blood vessels, and internal organs and is always present with Type I.

         

        Here’s a closer breakdown of the three primary forms of collagen and their functions in your body:

        • Type l – Is found throughout the body except in cartilaginous tissues. It is in the skin, tendon, vascular organs and is the main component of bone. Over 90% of the collagen in your body is type l.
        • Type II -collagen is the main component of cartilage, which cushions your joints.
        • Type III -collagen found in the walls of arteries, muscles, organs are all supported by this sort of tissue.

         

        We also examined how our body makes collagen. What we learned is that all proteins are made up of tiny molecules called amino acids.

        When we eat protein, our body breaks it down into its individual amino acids. It then uses those amino acids to make new proteins. Amino acids have been described as the building blocks, and our body puts them together to form collagen. The most prevalent are the three amino acids are glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. We describe these in more detail later in this article.

        What does collagen do to your face?

        According to studies, collagen is an essential protein found in our skin that can help with suppleness and hydration and strengthen the skin. As we get older, collagen production decreases. You begin to lose some fat under your skin, and your skin’s elasticity drops. That combined with dryness causes fine lines and wrinkles. There are ways to improve the production of collagen when these changes to your skin begin to occur. These can include our body’s natural production of collagen to eating or drinking collagen peptides found in supplements. As well as, today’s new advanced energy-based cosmetic treatments.

        Collagen Elastin - Scaled

        Dermatologists that have studied collagen powder explain that collagen powder is made from animal tissue, specifically skin and bones. The protein is processed into a gelatinous form, which is then hydrolyzed into peptides to make the protein more easily absorbed by your body. There is some evidence that collagen peptides can improve the skin by increasing moisture and suppleness while decreasing lines and wrinkle depth.

        Overall, collagen plays a vital role in the face.

        Does collagen do anything for your skin?

        Our natural collagen maintains our skin. Collagen activates fibroblasts’ skin cells, which cause collagen and elastin, a protein that gives our skin elasticity.

        For ages, Chinese ladies have consumed such things as pig’s feet, shark fins in the hopes of smoothing wrinkled skin and maintaining aging joints. It wasn’t till the 1980s that collagen became well-known in the United States as a costly injectable filler for plumping lips and softening wrinkles.

        Does collagen do anything to your skin

        Recently edible collagen has gained popularity in the United States, as companies have come up with more attractive methods to consume it. Collagen is known to be the body’s scaffolding, the substance that holds the body together. Collagen accounts for around 75% of the dry weight of your skin, giving volume that keeps your skin appearing plump and wrinkle-free. Our bodies break it down quicker than we can restore it. As we get older, data shows that we start losing around 1% of our collagen every year in our mid-20s and lose up to 30% during the first five years after menopause.

        When choosing what collagen is best for your skin, there are several things to consider. First, consider finding one with a diverse amino acid profile, the more amino acids, the better. Second, though collagen can come in many diverse sources, bovine is the strongest and most effective. We also learned that, when collagen is hydrolyzed, it means the amino acids within it have been broken down, so they’re easier for your body to absorb. The third and final recommendation is to think about finding a supplement that contains types l & lll since they are considered most potent and best for the skin.

        Are collagen supplements safe?

        Collagen supplements are found in the skin, tendons or other connectives tissues of cows, pigs, chickens, or fish. Collagen that claims to be vegan is genetically modified yeast bacteria, however, there is not enough evidence currently to determine if it has the same benefits as animal-derived collagen.

        As with all dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not verify that collagen supplements contain what they say they do or determine whether they could even possibly be contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria, or other pesticides before they are sold.

        That said, the short-term studies that we reviewed have not found any serious or harmful effects from taking collagen supplements.

        Are collagen supplements safe

        What are the myths about collagen supplements?

        One of the most common myths is about collagen-containing body creams, lotions, medicinal ointments, and moisturizers that claim to increase collagen levels. However, simply applying a collagen cream to boost your skin’s elasticity is more complicated than that. In fact, currently, there is no actual scientific evidence supporting that just using topical collagen can increase collagen production.

        Myth: Collagen supplements burn fat

        There are dietary supplements out there claiming that collagen has the power to burn fat. That said, today there is no proven scientific research to indicate that this is true.

        Myth: collagen supplements can help you sleep better

        Some sleep supplements on the market claim that collagen can help you get a better night’s sleep. That is because of collagen’s glycine content which can be an excellent sleep stimulator. Again in this case also there is no scientifically backed evidence for this claim that indicates collagen contains enough glycine to impact sleep.

        In summary, collagen supplements have been shown to provide some legitimate benefits that include promoting skin, hair, muscle, and joint health. Although buyer beware, not all claims made about collagen are supported by research, so choose wisely before you decide to purchase.

        What time should I take collagen?

        Whether you take collagen supplements in the morning or at night will depend entirely on an individual. The best time to take collagen supplements is determined by why you’re taking them in the first place. If you’ve had problems with vitamins in the past, there is some evidence that says it’s best to take your collagen first thing in the morning.

        We also learned that mixing them into a smoothie or a cup of coffee sugar is a significant contributor to the breakdown of collagen. To conclude more evidence-based studies are needed on whether collagen can help with sleep.

        Ways to stimulate collagen production

        One example that will stimulate collagen production is retinoic acid. Retinol is said to increase collagen synthesis in the skin, according to a March 2016 medically reviewed study published in the “Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology”. This medically reviewed study states that alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, and peptides, can stimulate collagen production.

        Similarly, the use of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an important compound for collagen in the skin specifically for the face.

        Ways to stimulate collagen production

        Others are vitamin C, Aloe vera gel, ginseng, and other antioxidants, which are a few that have claims that say they improve skin health.

        Evidence shows that equally important is maintaining a healthy diet. Protein-rich diets will provide your body with the amino acids required to make collagen. Eating a diversified diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, seafood, and nuts is thought to increase collagen production.

        Sleep is also thought to boost collagen, although further human research is needed. A study on mice published in “Nature Cell Biology” in January 2020 reveals that maintaining a regular sleep schedule may aid collagen renewal. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should receive 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

        There are also many Dermatologists who are proponents of new cosmetic procedures that stimulate collagen production. One such procedure is SofwaveTM a clinically proven, breakthrough procedure that can increase collagen formation and improve skin appearance.

        Here’s what you should know about SofwaveTM

        This is a non-invasive treatment that uses innovative technology to stimulate collagen production.

        SofwaveTM can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also revitalizing your skin. Its advanced “synchronous ultrasound parallel beam technology,” SUPERBTM which tackles collagen remodeling, is the key. The procedure has the ability to reach and treat the mid-dermis, and can safely and effectively stimulate collagen development by targeting the proper depth underneath the skin. This can be achieved in a 30–45-minute treatment, without surgery or recovery time.

        Overall, there is much written about how to stimulate collagen production, further research is needed to prove the science behind some claims. Sofwave however, is a clinically proven, science-based procedure that is gaining in popularity with dermatologists and their patients as an effective and safe way to stimulate collagen production to improve fine lines and wrinkles.

        Here’s what you should know about Sofwave

        What roles do peptides play in the skin?

        Collagen peptides, also known as collagen hydrolysates, have a range of functions. At their most fundamental level, they are the building blocks for collagen and other proteins in the body. Additionally, the peptides bind to receptors on collagen-producing fibroblasts, causing them to produce more collagen. Even more, the peptides function as antioxidants, shielding the body’s existing collagen from oxidative stress, which would otherwise cause it to break down.

        Peptides, also called polypeptides, naturally occur in the skin and are ingredients in many skincare products. Peptides are amino acids that make up proteins needed by the skin. They are often described as short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks. These building blocks are made of three polypeptide chains, so as a result, adding peptides can help stimulate your skin to produce more collagen.

        According to studies we reviewed, peptides can help minimize wrinkles and dryness in the skin and slow aging. One example claims that when peptides are administered to the skin as a serum or moisturizer, they work as a messenger. Peptides are thought to help stabilize and transport compounds that are necessary for collagen synthesis. As a result, peptides can aid in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Additional evidence shows that peptides are broken down collagen molecules that are easier to digest and absorb. These peptides dissolve well in liquids so that you can drink them.

        There is research that has examine if collagen hydrolysate (CH), which makes up specific collagen peptides, may aid in the biophysical features of skin aging. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 69 women aged 35 to 55 were randomly assigned to receive 2.5 g or 5.0 g of CH or a placebo once a day for eight weeks.

        The research determined that the skin’s elasticity, hydration, and roughness were measured objectively. The study showed after four weeks of regular intake (t1), the skin elasticity significantly improved in collagen hydrolysate (CH) dosage groups compared to placebo. Peptides can be unpredictable because of their makeup of 50 amino acids. By adding, deleting, or replacing one of those amino acids, you can have a new peptide with a different function, such as improving skin quality and reducing inflammation or locking in moisture.

        What roles do peptides play in the skin

        Although there are hundreds of peptides, there are two that impact your skin. These are tetrapeptides and hexapeptides that have physical properties that influence their actions. One example of this explains that hexapeptides brighten while tetrapeptides boost elasticity.

        Additionally, we learned that signal peptides send signals to the skin, telling it to up collagen and elastin production. Matrixyl-3000 and copper peptides are two examples of signal peptides.

        In summary, medical studies that have been conducted indicate peptides provide a significant role in slowing the skin aging process.

        Limitation & drawbacks of peptides

        While peptides can be good for the skin, they are a few drawbacks.

        According to studies, we learned that when choosing a peptide, to be mindful of what peptides work well with other ingredients. For example, using a peptide with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) will make the peptides work less efficiently.

        Another drawback is peptides can be very expensive. Considering this, it is important to be informed that several distinct types of peptides exist and that some don’t have any effect on the skin. There are more research studies needed to back all these claims.

        Lastly, because research is still developing for peptides. You might want to consider other ingredients AHA’s and retinol that are currently more scientifically backed anti-aging ingredients.

        How do peptides work?

        Peptides can penetrate the outer layer of the skin, so instead of sitting on top of the skin, they sink in more deeply. They are often called messengers for cells that send signals telling the cells to produce collagen and elastin.

        A medically reviewed study indicated that women who consumed a beverage containing a collagen peptide supplement regularly for 12 weeks had improved skin hydration and a substantial reduction in the depth of their wrinkles compared to a control group.

        There are also claims that collagen supplements have wrinkle-reducing properties since they increase your body’s natural collagen production. As well as, that collagen supplements aid in preventing acne and other skin diseases. Continued research is needed to support these claims.

        What does collagen do to your joints?

        When it comes to joint support, collagen, the most abundant protein found in your body, plays a vital role. Research shows that collagen stimulates cartilage growth. Over time, the cartilage can wear off due to aging and the repeated movement of joints and cause joint pain. As a result, tendons stretch, and bones rub against each other causing this pain. Collagen can provide support for the growth and repair of cartilage tissue and relieve joint inflammation and pain.

        Type ll collagen found in joints is the body’s areas more prone to wear and tear. When choosing a joint supplement, medical experts recommend looking for one that contains collagen as an active ingredient to support joints.

        Overall, collagen is a broad word for the primary structural proteins present in humans’ and animals’ skin and connective tissues, accounting for around 30% of total protein in the body. Collagen can also be found in plants. There are amino acids in collagen (glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, lysine, and arginine). There are at least 16 different kinds of collagen. Humans primarily have Types I-III. Skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, and bone are the most common where type I can be found. Type II is found in cartilage, while Type III can be found in reticular fibers (thin branching fibers in connective tissue).

        What does collagen do to your joints

        To sum up, this plentiful protein found in our body not only plays a key role in our skin but is also a vital role in our joints.

        What can damage collagen production?

        Collagen damage can occur by overeating sugar and refined carbs. Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. So, minimizing your intake of added sugar and refined carbs is important to reduce or eliminate from your diet.

        Two other factors that can lead to collagen breakdown is getting too much sun. Ultraviolet radiation can accelerate the natural decline of collagen. Lastly, smoking also can lead to the breakdown of collagen which in the end results in less collagen being produced.

        Foods that are high in collagen

        According to some sources, the collagen diet is a way of eating that involves avoiding sugar and refined carbs while consuming foods high in collagen.

        Healthy food sources of collagen are protein-rich foods. Such as garlic, citrus fruits, berries, white tea, red and yellow vegetables, leafy greens, cashews, soy, avocados, meat, eggs, fish and seafood, legumes, and dairy. These sources provide your body with a variety of amino acids necessary for collagen production. Other collagen-rich meals include bone broth and gelatin.

        Foods that contain collagen peptides are collagen molecules that have been broken down to make them easier to digest and absorb. If you want to drink your collagen, the peptides dissolve well in liquids.

        Recent studies have revealed there are some benefits of collagen consumption. Those who recommend this diet consider these foods promoting skin elasticity, anti-aging, as well as, relieving joint pain. It is uncertain from these studies if these benefits would have happened with any form of protein and a balanced diet. We also learned that because collagen cannot be absorbed and is broken down into amino acids when digested, its ingestion cannot guarantee the production of new collagen.

        Overall, there are many individuals who follow a collagen diet or use collagen supplements that there are health benefits. These can include improved skin tone, reduced hair loss, improved sleep, build stronger muscles, promote bone health, strengthen the immune system, healthy for your heart overall. It is believed by these individuals, that foods that are high in collagen can increase your lifespan.

        Foods that are high in collagen

        Collagen filler ingredients to avoid

        Avoid artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Medical advice recommends a high-quality food with at least 90% protein—for the best effects, take your collagen powder once or twice a day for at least three months. Collagen powder dissolves in water and food, so you can mix it in with anything you’re drinking or eating. It’s always a good idea is to ask your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen.

        A final word on what can speed up collagen breakdown. Environmental variables like sun exposure, smoking, and pollution, as well as the natural process of aging.

        Does collagen do anything for your muscle growth or weight control?

        The idea behind claims that collagen can help with weight loss is that protein, in general, will make a person feel full. On the other hand, Collagen research is scarce, and all the studies that have been done so far have only involved small populations.

        For example, one study revealed that eating gelatin caused an increase in gut hormones linked to fullness, but it only included 22 people. In another study, researchers fed 24 people meals containing several types of protein, such as casein, soy, whey, alpha-lactalbumin, or gelatin. Finally, a single-protein diet containing alpha-lactalbumin or gelatin produced 40 percent greater satiety than a diet containing other proteins, as well as 20 percent fewer calories at lunch. A study of single-protein diets found that a gelatin diet produced greater appetite suppression.  Again, this study, too, only included 23 participants.

        The most widely cited study that we found was an article in “Today’s Dietician” which showed how collagen benefits muscle growth in a small, randomized trial of 53 older men with sarcopenia. The supporting evidence came from studies of older persons, who often have poor dietary protein consumption in general. It discovered that using collagen peptide supplements and resistance training boosted muscle strength and mass more than resistance training alone. However, it is not known whether these findings may not apply to younger people or athletes.

        What are the benefits of collagen drinks?

        Collagen peptides in these drinks are said to be digested into smaller molecules before being absorbed in our intestines. They’ve been proven to appear in the bloodstream one hour after ingestion, and studies have shown that these absorbed peptides can reach the skin and stay there for up to two weeks.

        • Nutrients are absorbed faster into your circulation than any topical treatment.
        • These collagen peptides enter your body and stimulate fibroblasts in your skin, causing your collagen to become more active.
        • According to medical experts, what happens is there is a significant quantity of hydrolyzed collagen that enters your system when you eat, and this allows 90-95 percent of the collagen peptides to reach the target areas in your body.
        • These collagen peptides can also aid with digestion. Collagen boosts stomach acid production due to its high glycine concentration, which helps with food digestion.

         

        In summary, collagen drinks according to some studies illustrate they can be a useful source of collagen for our bodies.

        How to choose collagen supplements

        If we could get enough collagen from our food, that would be ideal. However, the truth is that a fast-paced lifestyle often prevents us from paying closer attention to the aspects of our diet that contribute to the focus on collagen consumption. As a result, nutritional supplements are a convenient and economical option and they frequently include other beneficial ingredients.

        Here are some helpful hints for selecting the best collagen supplement. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant, promoting the development of fibroblasts and controlling collagen synthesis. It is necessary for the creation of collagen and elastin, which give the skin a youthful appearance.

        After the production of procollagen, the critical moment in collagen creation occurs. It must go through a hydroxylation process before moving on to the next phase, glycosylation, which gives collagen a functional structure.

        There will be no hydroxylation and consequently no collagen formation if vitamin C is not present. As a result, when selecting a collagen supplement, be sure it also contains vitamin C.

        The best source for collagen in supplements is animal sources, such as marine animals or cattle. These are used to make collagen-containing dietary supplements. We learned that organic farming offers the best source for dietary collagen supplements because they do not contain heavy metals or pesticides. Collagen originated from calves that have been fed grass and have had adequate life conditions are considered superior. We also examined would it be better to get collagen from cow or marine animals?  We learned they both contain diverse types of collagen. For example, bovine collagen has type I and III collagen. Type III is in the intestines and is responsible for lining repair. Given the range of sources, it was concluded that the best source, will be determined on your own personal circumstances, but organic should always be part of the equation.

        Lastly, when choosing a supplement make sure the ingredients read hydrolyzed collagen. The whole amino acid sequence is present in hydrolyzed collagen. As a result, it makes sense to choose a collagen source that has all the necessary components.

        How to choose coillagen supplements

        Are there any drawbacks to taking collagen supplements?

        A glutathione-based dietary supplement is one of the newest ingredients that has recently made claims to fight skin aging while also brightening the complexion. The product is targeting primarily Asian women who are looking for remedies to lighten their skin.

        So, can collagen whiten the skin? Our findings show that vitamin C can play a role, but there is still more evidence needed on glutathione. It will be interesting to follow the new collagen product glutathione to see what further medical studies will find.

        Take away

        Our exploration of collagen examined its various critical roles and its recent gain in popularity as a nutritional supplement. We learned that collagen supplementation could be especially beneficial as we age because our bodies begin to produce less collagen. We learned that there isn’t robust evidence to support that ingesting collagen supplements is an effective way to improve your health or increase collagen production. That is not to say they are completely ineffective as some research is showing positive results.

        Yet until there’s more conclusive evidence in science backed studies in favor of supplements or collagen-enhanced foods and drinks, the best solution we concluded may be to focus on eating a healthy diet that supplies enough protein and limits our sugar and sun exposure.

        Bottom line, we found that the business component of collagen is further along than the science component. Continued research will discover innovative ways to use collagen to improve our health in the future.

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          Wrinkled Skin – When Is It The Right Age To Start Treatment

          You are not alone if you have ever wondered when the aging process begins and at what point you should jump in and try to slow it down.

          In this article, we’ll look at the aging process and explore anti-aging treatments at younger ages, to more mature ages, men versus women, as well as recognize the role of ethnicity in how our skin ages. We’ll give you examples of non-surgical treatments for wrinkled skin to get you started on preventative and anti-aging procedures to make you look younger. Finally, we’ll share our view on “the best time” to begin cosmetic procedures.

          The aging process

          No single process can explain all the changes of aging or completely reverse wrinkles. Aging is a complex process that varies as to how it affects different people. Most gerontologists (people who study aging) feel that aging is due to the interaction of many lifelong influences. These influences include heredity, environment, culture, not eating a balanced diet, exercise, excess fat, and many other factors.

          Dead skin cells can make your skin look older than it should since as you get older, your skin becomes less efficient at removing dead skin cells naturally, without an assistance

          Some of those other aging factors include:

          • Genetics
          • Sleep deprivation
          • Diet and exercise
          • Stress
          • Sun exposure
          • Smoke and other pollutants
          • Skin changes caused by diseases (like psoriasis, skin cancer, etc)
          The aging process

          The aging process may begin earlier for some men and women, and by the time they reach their 30th birthday, they will begin to see noticeable signs.

          Other individuals may not see any signs until their 40s or later.

          What to expect – signs that you’re aging

          • Skin wrinkles and fine lines are the more visible.
          • Uneven skin tone
          • Dry skin
          • Blotchiness and age spots
          • Rough skin texture
          • Visible pores

           

          By knowing what to expect you can take steps to reduce or delay the impact of facial aging.

          Ethnicity in aging skin

          Ethnicity in aging skin

          According to the AAD Conference Report, “Aging Gracefully” a group of speakers had this to say.

          Dr. Andrew Alexis, a dermatology associate professor at Mount Sinai, emphasized the role of ethnic differences in aging skin.

          Different skin tone types have various levels of dyschromia, texture defects, fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles.

          Dr. Andrew Alexis

          “Black skin has increased melanin, which provides natural protection from Ultraviolet radiation. The cells that create melanin pigment, however, seem to be more reactive to inflammation, which can manifest itself as irregular discoloration on the skin, appearing as dark spots and lighter patches,” he explained.

          “We also learned that patients with dark skin who are susceptible to hyperpigmentation should be mindful that it can occur as a side effect of cosmetic procedures.” Their cosmetic treatment options will be impacted as a result. Traditional laser skin resurfacing and CO2 devices should be avoided by people with darker skin tones because they concentrate on the upper layers of the skin. These procedures can cause excessive skin cells trauma, which can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation, also known as hyperpigmentation, in darker skin tones.

          In cosmetic dermatology ultrasound treatments for tightening and lifting the skin on the face and neck of darker skin types are safe, according to a study published in Jama Facial Plastic Surgery. The study found that ultrasound cosmetic treatments improve skin laxity in adults with darker skin types, specifically Fitzpatrick skin types ll to Vl. The Fitzpatrick Skin Type is a numerical classification scale from I – VI, with I being the lightest skin type up to VI being a very dark brown skin type. This scale was developed by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School in 1975.

          Ultrasound treatments for tightening and lifting the skin on the face and neck of darker skin types are safe, according to a study published in Jama Facial Plastic Surgery. The study found that ultrasound cosmetic treatments improve skin laxity in adults with darker skin types, specifically Fitzpatrick skin types ll to Vl.

          Aging men & women

          Overall women will age faster than men because the hormones estrogen and testosterone both influence the skin’s texture and thickness and help to protect the skin as we age by slowing down the breakdown of collagen and elastin. In summary, men will keep their skin firm and wrinkle-free longer than women because they experience a slower decrease in hormones than women do.

          The emphasis on women to look younger has existed for a long time. In recent years, an increasing number of men are considering new methods that will help to conceal their age.

          Dr. Terrence Keaney, an assistant professor at George Washington University, who has focused on the effects of aging in men, stated the areas that concern men most are their hairline, eyes, and jawline. According to CNBC, the use of Botox for men has increased 27 percent since 2010, driven in part by a desire to combat ageism in the workplace. More men are regularly investing in the same cosmetic procedures that women have invested in for years.  Injectables, facial rejuvenation, and other non-surgical procedures are increasingly being used by men to help slow down the fine lines and wrinkles, and volume loss. According to statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 7.1% of all non-surgical procedures performed in 2018 were purchased by male patients.

          Aging men and women

          Further research on women’s attitudes toward aging in the United States. Was conducted by Clair Williams of the University of Northern Iowa. She studied the impact of aging on and how women internalize perceptions of aging. This is demonstrated by the women in the study who said they had been told by others at some point that they didn’t look their age, which reflects society’s dislike of aging and how we feel about our own personal age (such as the dreaded number 50) Comments about not looking their age creates the desire and obligation to find solutions that will keep them looking younger.

          Age for most treatments

          According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 40 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed were on patients between the ages of 35 and 50. Non-surgical treatments are popular among these age groups, particularly injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers. Another 30 percent of all patients fell between the ages of 51 and 64.

          Age for most treatments

          Women in their 20’s

          typically are looking for how they can maintain skin health by following a simple skincare routine that they can easily incorporate into their daily lives. Dr. Nada Elbuluk, assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York recommends that protection early since UV exposure in your 20’s could lead to early wrinkles.

          Women in their 30’s

          are usually seeking treatment for dark spots from unprotected UV exposure when they were younger. Treating dark spots typically requires a multi-pronged treatment plan. Topical retinoid and vitamin C may be used, as well as laser premature aging treatments to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Dr. Lauren Ploch, a dermatologist in practice in Augusta, GA estimates that about half her patients in their 30’s are dealing with wrinkles and may want to consider botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid fillers.

          Women in their 40’s early 50’s

          begin to produce less collagen and elastin, making their skin thinner and looser. Skin laxity is most noticeable on their face and neck. There are non-invasive options that are ideally suited for women in this age group.

          By the time a patient hits 55 and beyond, skin aging symptoms have become much more pronounced. Non-surgical procedures can produce positive results without having to turn to surgical treatments.

          Although cosmetic procedures among patients 65 and older have surged in popularity, physicians find that anti-aging interventions are most popular among those between 35-50.

          If you are looking to explore the available cosmetic treatments for the first time, or are looking for new options, there are a range of non-surgical procedures. Below we describe a few of the most popular treatments.

          Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Wrinkled Skin

          The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) reported some of the more popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures were botulinum (BotoxR) injections, chemical peels, dermal fillers, non-ablative laser resurfacing, and energy-based treatments, all targeting to reverse the visible signs of aging. The following are the most common for age groups that span 30’s and beyond.

          Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Wrinkled Skin

          Botulinum injections

          Botulinum injections have been a popular method to smooth out lines on the forehead and improve wrinkled skin and relax muscles. The injections work by paralyzing facial muscles for a brief period.  When the muscles cannot move, the overlying skin does not crease, which creates a smooth, younger-looking appearance. The more popular brands are BOTOX® Cosmetic (Allergan), Dysport® (Galderma), Xeomin® (Merz Aesthetics), and Jeuveau®

          Dermal fillers

          Dermal fillers are used to treat sunken areas adding volume to the areas due to loss of collagen and fat. It is also used to contour facial features if you’re looking for a sharper and more defined chin and cheekbones.  These anti-aging injectables use hyaluronic acid to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume. Some of the more popular dermal fillers are Juvederm® (Allergan) and Restylane ® (Galderma).

          Laser treatments

          Laser treatments are used to treat pigmentation and wrinkled skin texture and are often referred to as laser resurfacing.

          The areas most treated are the face, neck, and hands. Laser treatments use short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, blood vessels, wrinkles, and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing since it smoothes out your skin leaving a younger-looking complexion.

          Ultrasound treatments

          Ultrasound treatments are used to stimulate collagen production, which results in firmer skin. They have been proven safe, effective and have become a popular treatment that treats the forehead, chin, jaw cheek areas lifting and refining wrinkles without risks associated with surgery.

          SofwaveTM

          Sofwave Patient Waiting Room
          Video: Shutterstock

          Sofwave is one of the newest non-invasive wrinkled skin treatments. It’s an excellent choice if you want something that rejuvenates your face like Botox or fillers, however, lasts longer and continues to improve your skin over time. A SofwaveTM treatment uses ultrasound energy to regenerate collagen growth, improving fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a more youthful look. SofwaveTM is perfect for those who don’t want to undergo surgery and who want a fast 30–45-minute treatment that won’t interfere with their daily activities.

          Our take-away

          We determined from our research that there are no fixed rules or health tips to follow when it comes to starting cosmetic treatments for wrinkled skin. We learned that while many people begin having anti-aging treatments in their 20s and 30s, there is no single “magic” age when you should begin getting a cosmetic procedure. Instead, we’ve concluded that you should focus on your specific\ skin’s needs and issues. Once you begin noticing fine lines beginning to appear, this is the time when you should consider cosmetic treatment. If you want to prevent the earliest fine lines from becoming fully developed wrinkles, the cosmetic treatments we mention in this article can be the solution.

          Aging Skin Tips Doctor

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            Revealed: Best Wrinkle Reduction Therapy Without Surgery - Look Young With Sofwave

            Every wrinkle tells a story, but what if it’s not a story you are interested in sharing?

            The good news is that there is a wide range of facial and body wrinkles reduction treatments that can help erase or fill wrinkles — without surgery or naturally. Sound too good to be true, right? Mostly Not!! Thanks to improvements in Skin Treatment and Skin wrinkle reduction technologies including Sofwave, a next-generation ultrasound device that scored clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019 for improving facial lines and wrinkles in as little as one to two quick treatments. Safe non-surgical procedure.

            How do you know if you get facial wrinkles and what are the causes of wrinkles in the first place?

            Wrinkles are the fine lines, crow’s feet, creases, and sometimes deeper folds or furrows that form in the aging skin appearance. They occur for many reasons, including aging, health, sun damage as a result of sun exposure, smoking, and repetitive facial expressions, such as squinting or smiling, according to the Mayo Clinic.

            How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles – 5 Ways

            The best way to reduce wrinkles without surgery is to never develop them in the first place.

            Use of sunscreen

            Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day — even during the winter months for sun damage prevention.

            QUIT SMOKING

            It’s never easy, but nicotine patches and inhalers are a great place to start if you’re having trouble.

            Limiting your alcohol consumption and eating a healthy diet

            According to the American Academy of Dermatology.

            The cure is a Curse

            Lotion, cream, serum, cosmetic wrinkle remedies are moisturizers with active ingredients like retinoids to deliver additional skincare benefits for face wrinkle reduction. Retinoids are the umbrella term for vitamin A compounds such as retinol and retinoic acid. These topical agents increase skin cells turnover to exfoliate clogged pores and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. But there’s a catch; in long term, they can be drying and irritating for some skin types and sun avoidance is recommended by dermatologists, the Skin Cancer Foundation stresses.

            Add More Antioxidants to your diet

            To reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines add Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or fruit acids, glycolic, citric and lactic acids, Berries, Black beans, Oily fish with high omega 3 fatty acid content, Prunes.

            Taking a shot at fine lines and wrinkles

            Injectables including neuromodulators like botox, Dysport® (Galderma), Xeomin® (Merz Aesthetics), and Jeuveau® (Evolus) can also help soften facial wrinkles. In general, these cosmetic injection neuromodulators block the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which triggers muscles contractions that create wrinkles. Injectables face treatments results can last for up to six months, depending on how much is injected and how deep your lines and wrinkles are, explains facial plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD in Bryn Mawr, PA.

            Soft tissue fillers, including the popular hyaluronic acid-based fillers injections, volumize wrinkles from the inside out.

            Doctor Bloom

            “Hyaluronic acid gel fillers work well to smooth nasolabial folds (smile lines or laugh lines that run from the nose to mouth creases) reduce hollowing and volume loss under the eyes (tear trough), and soften the fine lines around the mouth and chin (smoker’s lines),” says Doctor Bloom.

            Some dermal fillers are also considered bio stimulators, which means that they provide an immediate plumping effect, but they also work below the surface to build up collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein that gives skin the supple and elastic properties most associated with youth. Our natural supply of collagen dwindles with advancing age. This category of injectables includes Radiesse® (Merz Aesthetics) and Sculptra® Aesthetic (Galderma). These products are often used to help rejuvenate signs of aging like nasolabial folds and marionette lines that run straight downward from the corners of your mouth for younger looking skin.

            Doctor Bloom

            “There’s a lot we can do with injectables today and many people are coming in their 20’s before they develop any wrinkles, Such ‘prejuvenation’ may stave off or prevent the need for more aggressive anti-aging procedures down the road,” Dr. Bloom says

            The best way to reduce wrinkles without surgery

            Not everyone likes needles which are where energy-based devices come in that can advance rejuvenation efforts. Energy-based devices provide a needle-free process to relax facial wrinkles without surgery. Laser skin resurfacing uses light features to remove the top layer of wrinkled skin and/or boost collagen stores underneath the skin’s surface. Another energy modality, radio-frequency, works by using wavelengths to boost collagen under the skin and reduce wrinkles.

            Yet another highly effective modality for wrinkle reduction treatment without surgery is ultrasound, which uses sound waves to fill wrinkles from the inside out by increasing collagen stores. Ultrasound-based wrinkle reduction has recently undergone a revolution with the introduction of the new Sofwave™ technology services.

            The Sofwave treatment difference

            Sofwave treatment delivers results in just one or two sessions, whereas former energy-based modalities often require more treatments to achieve visible results for a younger appearance. Each treatment takes only about 30 to 45 minutes.

            Sofwave’s high-intensity, focused ultrasound beams targets layers within the skin to cause controlled thermal injury. The beams are targeted to hit the sweet spot in the dermis, which is known as the skin’s collagen maker. This triggers the body’s natural wound-healing response, creating collagen and elastin, which leads to wrinkle reduction. Like collagen, elastin also supports the skin and allows it to bounce back. There is no damage to the skin’s outer layer or any of the underlying structures beneath the dermis (bones, facial nerves, facial fat, and blood vessels) with Sofwave device procedures. After treatment patients can get back to normal activities quickly without significant side effects.

            References:

            • "SofWave Medical's Low-Divergence Ultrasound Technology Has Received FDA Clearance for the Aesthetic Treatment of Facial Lines and Wrinkles", 16 Sep 2019, Cision US
            • "Wrinkles", Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
            • "11 Ways To Reduce Premature Skin Aging", American Academy of Dermatology Association
            • "When Beauty Products Cause Sun Sensitivity", November 16, 2018, The Skin Cancer Foundation

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              According to a report published in the July 2019 issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a significant number of patients, ages 50+, who are seeking cosmetic procedures, believe they are being discriminated against at work because of their age.

              In today’s competitive employment market, to still be in the running for career advancements and job opportunities, it is key to appear youthful and energized.  Many people are concerned about their aging faces and how it impacts them in the workplace.  These changes not only affect their self-esteem but lowers their self-confidence.  There have been an increasing number of aging workers who are beginning to consider cosmetic procedures to help them look more youthful, especially if they believe they have been passed over for an advancement or job opportunity due to their age.

              Looking youthful and energetic has always been highly valued by society, but there has been a rise in the past several years for both men and women attributed to the media and the acceptance towards having a cosmetic treatment. The wrinkle reduction aesthetic industry is expected to be worth $260 billion by 2022, with some people spending more on skin revitalization each month than they do on their mortgage.

              This article will focus on ageism, which is causing an increasing number of the aging population the desire to appear younger. We’ll look at examples of how you can achieve a more youthful appearance. Finally, we’ll share information on a new procedure that helps you reduce wrinkles and fine lines, affecting your self-esteem and raising your confidence in the workplace because of your more youthful appearance.

              What is ageism in the workplace?

              Ageism, often known as age discrimination, is prejudice based on one’s age. Ageism in the workplace can take various forms. Someone may face age discrimination if an employer refuses to hire them due to their age. Alternatively, an older employee may be fired or treated differently than their younger coworkers due to their age.

              According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), two out of every three workers between the ages of 45 and 74 have witnessed or experienced workplace ageism. It’s commonly assumed that it only affects employees over the age of 50, but it can begin much younger.

              Unfortunately, there’s no denying that appearances matter in the workplace – and cosmetic treatments have proven to be a successful tool for many men and women in maintaining a younger appearance.

              How to achieve a youthful appearance?

              What are your options? There is no one-size-fits-all solution that will work for everyone. A doctor can recommend the best treatments for you based on your skin type, lifestyle habits, and overall goals, as well as your budget.

              Often called non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures, these cosmetic skin treatments can now diminish fine lines & wrinkles, revitalize the skin, and give you appearance of a younger looking face.

              five popular anti-aging treatments:

              1. Ultrasound wrinkle reduction treatments. Ultrasound is a form of wrinkle reduction treatment that uses heat energy in repairing and regeneration of skin cells. Ultrasound can result in both short-term and long-term effects. Ultrasound waves boost blood flow, allowing fibroblasts, the most common cells in the skin, to help the skin renew and manufacture more collagen.
              2. Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is a process that involves buffing or exfoliating dead skin cells to reveal new skin. The treatment involves spraying tiny hydroxide crystal-like crystals onto the skin, followed by what they refer to as sanding dead skin cells off the face with a high-powered wand.
              3. Dermal Fillers – Dermal fillers are Injectables these hyaluronic fillers, help add volume to your skin. The procedure involves having the hyaluronic gel injected just under the skin’s surface to improve the skin’s contours and reduce depressions in the skin.
              4. Anti-wrinkle injections – function by preventing nerve impulses from reaching muscles. The muscle can no longer contract after the injection, causing fine lines and wrinkles to relax and soften. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common side effects of any botulinum toxin injectable are bruising and pain at the injection site.
              5. SofwaveTM – There’s a lot of buzz about SofwaveTM the next generation, non-surgical ultrasound treatment, meaning no needles or cutting necessary. How does it work? We’ll explain in detail below.

              Sofwave™ Ultrasound treatment softens wrinkles

              The Sofwave™ Ultrasound treatment is increasingly popular due to its unique ability to stimulate collagen and elastin under the skin’s surface and fill wrinkles and folds from the inside out. These are the two main proteins that give our skin it’s youthful appearance.

              Sofwave™ is non-surgical procedure which delivers low levels of ultrasound energy to the mid dermis layer of your skin. Your body responds to the resulting heat by stimulating collagen production which results in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

              Sofwave™ is perfect for those who want a fast 30–45-minute procedure. It is an ideal summer treatment because results are not affected by sun exposure and your daily routine can resume immediately after the procedure, so it won’t interfere with your daily life.

              Contact us for a physician finder for doctors in your area that offer this treatment

              Ageism – it’s real

              Ageism in the workplace is nothing to ignore—it’s real. If you feel less confident when it comes to a job promotion or if you’re searching for new a job, you may want to consider having a cosmetic procedure.  You’ll be amazed at the results and will love the new younger looking you!

              References:

              • Rebecca L Pearl, PhD, Ivona Percec, MD, PhD, "Ageism and Health in Patients Undergoing Cosmetic Procedures", 20 October 2018, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, The Aesthetic Society
              • MT, "Ageism in the Workplace Affects Us All", February 18, 2021, VANTAGE Aging
              • Zaria Gorvett, "How looking young can shape your career", 4th May 2021, BBC
              • Kate Ashford, "How to fight ageism in your job search", Monster Worldwide
              • "In-Office Procedures", April 29, 2009, Shape
              • Louisa McKay, "Ultrasound Skin Tightening", Aug 12, 2019, Costhetics Pty Ltd
              • Amanda Barrell, "What to know about microdermabrasion", October 24, 2018, Medical News Today
              • "What are the risks of botulinum toxin injections?", American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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                Best Anti-Aging Foods for Your Skin

                Eat these foods to age in reverse!

                Taking care of your skin involves more than just a good skin care regimen, that matches your skin type and regular visits to your dermatologist. What you put in your body is as important as what you place on your skin when it comes to maintaining a dewy and fresh complexion.

                Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with our expert-approved guide to the best anti-aging foods and drinks to provide vitamins and minerals for your skin.

                Starting with:

                H2O – Water

                Your body is made of 60 percent water that helps keep everything working properly. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry and dull. Aim for eight 8-oz glasses of water each day, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests.

                Add sliced cucumber, lemon, or oranges if you’re craving some extra flavor. Hydration can also come from foods with high water content such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and strawberries. Include these in your diet.

                Drinking too much alcohol can leave your skin dehydrated and more prone to wrinkles. If you do drink, moderation is key. For women, this means up to one drink per day and for men, moderation is defined as up to two drinks per day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.

                Blueberries and another great source of vitamin C

                Vitamin C is a key ingredient in many anti-aging serums, and for good reason. This antioxidants powerhouse helps produce the collagen that gives skin its supple and elastic properties. Vitamin C-rich foods include blueberries, broccoli, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Make sure at least one of your 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is loaded with Vitamin C.

                Jessica Weiser, MD

                “Collagen is the main protein that gives skin the supple and elastic properties most associated with youth, but our supply diminishes as we age,” says New York City dermatologist Jessica Weiser, MD. “Many energy-based technologies such as Sofwave™ work by boosting collagen stores underneath the skin’s surface.”

                Almonds

                Vitamin E is another building block of collagen, and it can be found in abundance in almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes and avocados. Eating almonds can add valuable nutrients and healthy fats to your daily diet and help protect skin elasticity. Make sure to include Vitamin-E-rich anti-aging foods in your diet every single day to take advantage of their antiaging potential.

                Salmon

                Found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, omega-3 fatty acids help prevent and fight inflammation that drives skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and not just age related skin conditions. If you don’t like fish, there are many plant-based omega 3s to help you get your fill. In his book “Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy,” Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show suggests getting your omega-3 fix by soaking a tablespoon of chia seeds in one tablespoon of water to plump them and then adding them into your salad dressing. It’s really that simple!

                Dark Chocolate

                Dark chocolate is rich in healthful flavonoids that boost blood to the outer layer of your skin for a healthy glow and anti aging, Dr. Oz says. Choose one with 70 percent or more dark chocolate and eat only 1 oz a day to help keep calories and saturated fat in check, Harvard University researchers suggest.

                Mug of matcha

                Dr. Oz

                Sun is the leading cause of premature skin aging, but a mug of matcha or another green tea is loaded with an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays, Dr. Oz says.

                What you don’t eat also matters when it comes to protecting your skin from signs of aging and how you look and feel.

                Dr. Anthony Youn

                “Sugar equals wrinkles. No doubt about it. Sugar ages our skin more than any other dietary factor”, writes Michigan-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Youn, in “The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger.”

                Sugar spikes in our blood can result in chronic inflammation, which can be damaging to the skin. Sugar also causes glycation, a process where the sugar molecules bind to and deform the collagen and elastin in our skin cells, he writes. Steer clear of sugary sweets and desserts and refined sugars found in white bread, white rice, and pasta.

                Eating a healthy diet will help skin retain its youthful quality, but sometimes you need to up your game. Leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons are excited about the latest energy-based treatment for aging skin and skin health.

                Sofwave™

                Dr. Anthony Youn

                “Sofwave™ noninvasive Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beams technology (SUPERB)™ provides a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles for all skin types,” says Dr. Weiser. “These needle-free treatments can achieve visible results in a single 30-45-minute treatment.”

                Get a head start on your path to younger looking skin today.

                Find a Sofwave™ provider near you to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation.

                References:

                • Barbara Gordon, RDN, LD, "How Much Water Do You Need", November 6, 2019, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
                • "Alcohol and Public Health FAQ", February 16, 2021, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
                • Ryan Raman MS, RD (NZ), "7 Impressive Ways Vitamin C Benefits Your Body", February 18, 2020, Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company
                • Jessica Weiser, MD, "Bespoke Cosmetic And Medical Dermatology", Weiser Skin MD
                • Joe Leech MS, RD, "9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds", September 6, 2018, Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company
                • "The Nutrition Source", The President and Fellows of Harvard College

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                  Although we cannot stop the aging process, we can take steps to slow it down.

                  As we age, our skin will become thinner and drier resulting in visible lines and causing our face to lose some its youthful fullness.  Our genes play a significant role in how we age.  This is called” intrinsic aging.”

                  The second type of aging is called “extrinsic aging,”.  “Extrinsic aging,” is influenced by our lifestyle choices, which can play a huge role in causing our skin to age prematurely. The good news is, we can delay the effects of extrinsic aging on our skin by taking preventive measures.

                  Our findings underscore how the aging process has a considerable influence on our health. Regardless of the many factors that cause our skin to age, fortunately, there are many steps we can take to influence better skin health and slow down the signs of aging.  We have identified below many of the steps you can take or cosmetic procedures you can have done that will help give your face a more youthful appearance.

                  Aging Influences Our Health

                  First, let’s address how the aging process influences our health. According to new research, how old you feel has an unexpected effect on your health. This mental state is referred to as subjective age, and it represents your view of “how well you’re aging”. Over and over, we’re told, “we are only as old as we think we are.” But colloquialisms aside, this view of yourself is a real thing.

                  For instance, a study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, found that looking young helps you feel young. In addition, it is linked to a lower risk of depression and better mental health. It can also influence a person’s motivation to exercise, eat well, or engage in other healthy practices.

                  To illustrate this further, we found a study published in JAMA Dermatology, That further explores this sense of social, mental, and emotional well-being is strengthened by “looking younger”. What was observed during the study was that patients looking for “cosmetic treatments” were primarily motivated by the need to maintain their current appearance or “more like myself again.” So, if the studies are correct and you are that person who “does not want to wear their age on their face”, we have identified some preventative measures and treatments to help “slow down the aging process”.

                  Here are a few steps you can take now:

                  Preventative Measures

                  Sun Protection. The single most effective way to keep your face young is to protect it from the sun’s UV “ultraviolet” rays. The two types of UV rays that cause the most skin damage are UVA rays and UVB rays. The major cause of premature aging of the skin is the UVA rays, which penetrate the deeper layers of skin.  UVB rays on the other hand cause sunburn and are the leading cause of skin cancers.  You should always use a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” with a minimum SPF of 30 to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also a smart idea to wear a hat with a big brim as well as UV protective clothing.

                  Moisturizers. will soothe, and wrinkles will be less visible for a while. Water is used in face moisturizers to make them less greasy. It may contain substances like glycerin that help bind water to the skin. Exfoliant creams can help aging skin look younger by removing dead skin cells that don’t slough off as quickly as they did when we were younger.

                  Popular Facial Cosmetic Procedures

                  Injectables

                  Some of the most requested brand names of neuromodulators are BOTOX® Cosmetic (Allergan), Dysport® (Galderma), Xeomin® (Merz Aesthetics), and Jeuveau® (Evolus) these are used to reduce wrinkles. They work because they inhibit the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that causes wrinkles by causing muscle contractions. Depending on the amount injected and the depth of your lines and wrinkles, the results will last up to six months.

                  Dermal Fillers

                  Popular dermal fillers are Juvederm® (Allergan) and Restylane ® (Galderma). They work by plumping up wrinkles from the inside out. These hyaluronic acid gel fillers will reduce fine lines around the mouth and chin and will increase volume loss under the eyes. The results will typically last six months.

                  The American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) points out that using these injectables combined with an “energy-based device treatment “will provide a more satisfying and immediate result. However, “for those who do not like needles”, you can opt for only a “non-invasive laser or energy-based treatment”. These are a couple of the most requested cosmetic device treatments that fall into this category.

                  Laser treatments

                  Lasers are light that impacts the epidermis or top layer of the skin. That’s why it’s often referred to as “laser resurfacing”. Lasers revitalize the skin from the outside. Uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines, acne scarring, and other skin problems can all be helped with lasers. The most popular are those with short downtime, ranging from a few hours to 4-5 days of pink and dryness. The more powerful lasers are ablative, leaving redness and scabs on the skin for about a week, followed by 3-4 weeks of pink skin.

                  Ultrasound treatments

                  As we age our skin’s collagen is lost at a rate of 1% every year after the age of twenty-five, rising to 2% in your forties. So, by the time you reach sixty, you will have lost half of your collagen.

                  One of the newest energy devices, SofwaveTM, uses “ultrasound technology, to stimulate collagen and elastin under the skin”. Energy-based devices could be the way to go if you want to re-energize your skin from the inside out and see an improved result in “laxity and wrinkles on the face”. What’s different about SofwaveTM treatments is that it treats all skin types, which is not the case with laser light treatments. In addition, patients love that this procedure can fit into their active lifestyles and achieve great outcomes in a single 30—45minute treatment. Although results are Immediate, you will continue to see improvement over the next three months as neocollagenesis begins, increasing and regenerating the collagen layers under your skin.

                  To put it simply, accepting our age and appearance is, without a doubt, a personal choice; however, for those of you who want to look and feel more like yourself again. You can take steps to slow down the aging process by taking care of your skin, by using sun protection, and taking advantage of some of the cosmetic treatments listed in this article.

                  References:

                  • "11 Ways To Reduce Premature Skin Aging", 2/24/21, American Academy of Dermatology Association
                  • Mirel Zaman, "You Can Actually Think Yourself Into Looking and Feeling Younger", April 05, 2019, Meredith Corporation
                  • Stephen Drake, "Age Is Just a Number: Believe You’re Younger and Your Health Will Follow", December 28, 2010, Association for Psychological Science
                  • "Why your face ages and what you can do", February 12, 2021, The President and Fellows of Harvard College
                  • Stephanie S. Gardner, MD, "What You Should Know About Wrinkle Fillers", February 12, 2019, WebMD LLC
                  • Sarah Y. Wu, "8 Things You Should Know Before Getting Injectables", September 3, 2019, Glamour, Condé Nast
                  • "Skin Tightening", March 3, 2016, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
                  • Robert Anolik, M.D., "A Guide to Lasers—And What’s Right For Your Skin", Goop, Inc
                  • Dr. Sara Gottfried, "The Secret to Looking Younger Forever", Goop, Inc

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                    At this time of year, everyone wants to look their best, with healthy, glowing skin.

                    It is important that you take care of it, particularly during the summer, when the sun’s rays can cause severe damage. According to the National Institute on Aging, sunlight is a significant cause of wrinkles, dryness, and aging skin. This requires blocking harmful rays to prevent overexposure to the sun. A word of caution, sun rays can penetrate clouds, mist, and fog, causing harm that can accumulate over time.

                    This summer if you’re at the pool, on the golf course, playing tennis, or having a backyard picnic, we identified some tips on how you can protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and slow down the aging process.

                    We also identified ways you can preserve your collagen and even boost its production by the foods you eat. We list a few of these foods that are great sources for summer skin defense. We wrap up our recommended tips, by identifying some cosmetic treatments that won’t get in the way of your beach time, while also repairing and refreshing your skin to keep it looking it’s very best this summer.

                    Avoid Burning:

                    The first of our summer skin care tips is to keep your skin protected from the sun – here are a few of our suggestions. To begin, apply sunscreen to your skin every day. Dermatologists recommend wearing SPF-30-50 sun protection to slow down the aging process and maintain your skin’s health over time.

                    Sunscreen

                    Don’t be fooled. A broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 to 50 is sufficient protection, but you should never go more than two hours without reapplying, especially if you’ve been swimming or working up a sweat while exercising.

                    An interesting fact, beginning in 2012, the FDA issued new rules regulating sunscreen labels, stating that they could no longer be labeled “waterproof” and must now be labeled “water resistant,” claiming there is no such thing as a completely waterproof sunscreen.

                    Sun-protective clothing

                    Equally important as sunscreen, is one of the simplest ways to stay safe and unlike sunscreen, it never needs to be reapplied! The UV Protection Factor (UPF) is a calculation of how much UV radiation a fabric lets through. A UPF 50 shirt or hat, for example, blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays while allowing just two percent to pass through. Keep protective clothing top of mind to help reduce the sun’s harmful rays.

                    The Food You Eat:

                    Our second tip is about the foods you eat. Consider making the skin’s defenses stronger from the inside out. A healthy diet maintains your skin’s ability to protect itself against the aging effects of free radicals. Diets low in inflammation will also help you age more slowly. At the same time strengthening the skin’s resistance to sunburn.

                    We identified these foods as excellent sources of summer skin defense.

                    • Eggs are rich in zinc, which is important for healthy skin, it also controls the oil production in the skin.
                    • Strawberries are packed full of Vitamin C which keeps your skin revitalized, vitamin C can also be found in broccoli and oranges too.
                    • Tomatoes are an excellent source for helping prevent premature fine lines and wrinkles because they contain lycopene, which can help protect the skin from sun damage.
                    • Food sources high in collagen include fish, chicken egg whites, berries, and red and yellow vegetables.

                    H20 – The Water You Drink:

                    Staying hydrated is our third tip. Hydration is important in any weather, but it is especially important in hot and humid weather because we lose a lot of body fluid through sweat. Low-calorie sports drinks, coconut water, or plain old water are good options to replenish sodium and potassium.

                    Summer heat will dehydrate you by 48-64 ounces per hour, by sweating. Drinking 125 ounces of fluids for men and 91 ounces of fluids for women each day is needed to replenish lost water. Chronic dehydration, according to Harvard Medical School, can cause headaches, loss of concentration, muscle cramps, and dry skin. This summer, be sure to stay fully hydrated by drinking enough water.

                    Cosmetic Treatments – Options that Won’t Cut Into Your Beach Time:

                    Cosmetic treatments our fourth tip, will leave you looking refreshed and revitalized while allowing you to spend more time at the beach. Collagen and elastin fibers break down as a result of photoaging, causing the skin to lose flexibility and become thinner, accelerating fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to learn more about what can be done to restore a younger, more refreshed consult a dermatologist to decide the best treatment option.

                    Unlike some cosmetic procedures, we found the following three had no negative effects when exposed to the sun during the summer.

                    Dermal Fillers – dermal fillers when exposed to sun do not have any effect on the treatment. These popular products help to increase volume while reducing fine lines. Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane are some of the most widely used dermal filler brands. You can resume your summer activities right away because dermal filler procedures are simple and don’t require any downtime.

                    Botox -Botox, a brand name for the generic medication botulinum toxin, is another choice for wrinkle reduction along with the brand Dysport they both work by paralyzing facial muscles for a short period of time. There is no downtime for this treatment, and it is unaffected by the sun.

                    Looking for a Bit More Impact?

                    Sofwave™ is one of the newest non-invasive wrinkle treatments, and it’s a good choice if you want something that revitalizes your face like  Botox or fillers, but without the needles, lasts and continues to improve over time. A Sofwave™ treatment uses ultrasound energy to remodel collagen, your fine lines and wrinkles can greatly improve, giving you a younger look. Sofwave is a non-invasive procedure, it’s perfect for those who don’t want to undergo surgery and who want a fast 30-45 minute treatment that won’t interfere with their beach time.

                    So, there you have it – We hope you’ve learned something new and find some of these skin care tips helpful as you tweak your skincare products and regiment summer ready.

                    References:

                    • "Skin Care and Aging", October 01, 2017, NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA)
                    • Dulce Zamora, "How Your Skin Can Survive Summer", WebMD LLC
                    • Sophia Panych, "Your Sunscreen Isn't Waterproof, No Matter What the Bottle Says", allure, Condé Nast
                    • "7 Ways to Look Younger This Summer without Going under the Knife", Face Clinic London
                    • Lawrence E. & Gibson, M.D., "Does drinking water cause hydrated skin?", Nov. 21, 2020, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER)
                    • "Let’s Talk About Collagen And Elastin", HintMD
                    • "What types of dermal fillers are available?", American Society of Plastic Surgeons
                    • "Botox-type Injectables Guide", The American Board Of Cosmetic Surgery

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