WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SIGNS OF AGING

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WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SIGNS OF AGING

  • Dr. Sharmila Samaranayake
  • 08 Jan 2019
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SIGNS OF AGING

Disclaimer: This blog was written by a third party and any opinions expressed within the blog are those of the author. By reading this blog you acknowledge that you are responsible for your own health decisions.

What is aging?

Aging is a natural process which everyone has to go through with time. Although it is discouraging and tough to handle for those who are cosmetically concerned, it is an inevitable process. However there are some ways which are proven to be effective against certain signs of aging up to a certain level.

Anti-aging and regenerative medicine is highly specialized, therefore before embarking on any such procedure; you have to make sure that you select a trusted health professional who is specialized and well experienced in this regard. If these procedures are not performed properly, the results could be devastating. Searching online will help you to find a professional who is qualified and affordable. Here are some common signs of aging and ways to combat them

Turkey neck 

The skin under your jaws and neck become loosened with time due to low collagen levels. When you age, the production of collagen in the body also reduces. Collagen is the protein which is essential building block of skin and connective tissue in the body. Collagen and elastin keeps our skin firm and full. Skin becomes lax when collagen is reduced.

Treatment Options 

  • Fraxel LASER treatment – This uses LASER light to make skin tighter and improves the texture of skin
  • Using radio frequency and light devices Ex: Infrared , red and amber light waves

Wrinkles

Aging makes our skin dry. Gradually fine lines appear around eyes and mouth. Excessive sun exposure accelerates wrinkle formation due to UV damage.

Treatment options

  • Anti-aging creams containing emollients, retinoid, glycolic acid etc.
  • Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) – This is a neurotoxic protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. This toxin is used as a cosmetic medicine to reduce wrinkles.
  • Chemical peeling – Certain chemicals like TCA and glycolic acid is used to peel off outer layers of skin, thus reducing scars and wrinkles.
  • Injectable fillers – Soft tissue filler injected to skin to help filling facial wrinkles and restore a smoother appearance
  • Microderm abrasion – Outer layer of skin is removed using chemicals and electronic equipment.
  • Rhytidectomy (face lift) – a cosmetic surgery done to give a youthful facial appearance.

Sore feet

When you grow older, your feet can get weaker. Therefore sore feet are a common problem in elderly. Bunions (Hallux valgus) is a painful bony prominence, which develop at the big toe joint over inner surface of foot leading to sore feet. They develop gradually and pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean and overlap against 2nd toe.

Treatment Options

  • Surgical correction of hallux valgus
  • Cortisone injection to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Wear comfortable shoes supporting big toe joint, using bunion correctors/ splints

Flat breasts/ sagging breasts

The older you get, your breasts will be sagging. This is mainly because of reducing fat content of the breast. This can make you feel old and less attractive. Although wearing a push up bra will support them up, it does not treat the problem.

Treatment Options

  • Plastic surgery (Mastopexy) – can restore your breasts to a more youthful appearance
  • Surgical breast implants (Silicon, Saline implants)

Prosthesis is used to enhance the size, shape and contour of a woman’s breast.

  • Breast augmentation (Augmentation mammoplasty) – Breast size is increased by placing implants under breast tissue or chest muscles.

Thinning hair

There are several reasons behind thinning of hair such as aging, stress, child birth, hormonal imbalance, malnutrition, certain medical conditions (chronic kidney disease, SLE), certain medications used to treat illnesses like cancer chemo therapy etc.

Treating the cause behind hair loss helps regrowth of hair.

Ex: Reducing stress by practicing yoga, meditation techniques, eating a nutritional diet

Treatment Options

  • Use of Minoxidil ( Brand – Rogaine) stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to scalp
  • Use of Esuchen hair care products including leave on hair serums
  • Regular injection of PRP (platelet rich plasma) to stimulate hair growth
  • Hair transplant

Spotted hands

As aging reduces collagen production, the blood vessels on skin become more prominent. Age spots can occur on hands with time.

Treatment Options

  • Use of fillers
  • LASER treatment
  • Photodynamic therapy which rejuvenates collagen production

Whatever the aging symptom which bothers you and whatever the method you choose, you have to go to a qualified specialist. If not the wrong techniques can give rise to many unwanted health issues and wastage of your money. 

Some anti-aging tips and home remedies

  • Hydrating yourself well – drink at least 1.5 – 2 liters of  water daily unless contraindicated (such as in chronic kidney disease)
  • Eat a balanced, healthy, nutritional diet – There are a variety of essential nutrients that prevent negative effects of aging such as vitamin A, B, C, E, K, proteins and certain fatty acids (omega 3)
  • Consumption of anti- oxidant rich foods – fruits (Avocado, strawberries, oranges, banana), almonds, green leaves
  • Avoid caffeine as much as possible – caffeine acts like a diuretic which depletes your body from moisture. When skin gets dehydrated it becomes dry and dull.
  • Quit smoking – Nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of blood vessels in the outer layers of skin, which impairs the blood flow. Reduced blood flow prevents oxygen and other nutrients reaching skin, making it prematurely wrinkle and sag.
  • Prevent stress – Chronic stress accelerates premature aging by changing the structure of DNA. When the structural integrity weakens, cells age faster and die younger. Practice yoga and meditation techniques to reduce stress.
  • Getting a good sleep of at least 7-8 hours at a stretch – a good sleep makes you well rested and relaxed. Troublesome and disturbed sleep will make us age faster.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure – The UV light in sun rays cause our skin to age faster. By using a good sun screen (SPF 30-50) and wearing protective clothing, using umbrellas will help sun damage and thus reduce signs of aging.
  • Use a good moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple and to prevent drying. When skin is dry, wrinkles become prominent.
  • Regular exercise – Engaging yourself in a proper and regular exercise routine will help you stay fit and healthy

To search for anti aging procedures at plastic surgery centers or dermatology centers worldwide, please use the Mya Care Search Engline

About the Author:
Dr. Sharmila Samaranayake is a MBBS graduate from Medical Faculty of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also has Diploma in child health from PGIM Colombo and Diploma in Child Psychology from American College of Sri Lanka. She has vast experience in writing health and beauty articles to many local and foreign magazines and Newspapers. She is an author of "Suwasariya" a health website run by the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka. Presently she is a doctor at the Dermatology unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka.
 

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