Newsline 2016 March – With Age Comes Wisdom & Wrinkles

WITH AGE COMES WISDOM & WRINKLES

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think “If I only knew then what I know now”?  Do you find yourself saying “It seems like only yesterday…”?
As teenagers and young adults, many of us spent hours outside or relied on tanning beds to achieve that perfect sun-kissed look. Some of us even started smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol because we thought it looked “cool”.   Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but we are older and wiser now, Right?  We all took our youthful appearance for granted and thought we could do whatever we wanted because we saw no ill-effects at the time.  Little did we know that we would be experiencing the aftermath of this over-exposure and abuse in as little as 20-25 very short years.
Whether it be from, sun damage, wind exposure, smoking, lack of adequate hydration, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol intake, poor hygiene or simply the aging process, our skin changes and, unfortunately, it isn’t for the better.   Some people may notice an overall roughness in their skin texture.  Loss of skin elasticity can result in thinning of the skin, sagging jowls, cheeks, eyelids and neck.  Lines and wrinkles are present in the forehead, cheeks, neck, around the eyes and mouth.  Irregular skin color or dark patches known as hyperpigmentation is very common in those who have spent too much time in the sun.
Since we can’t physically go back in time and do things differently, the question now is “Is there anything can we do now or is it simply too late?”.

THERE IS HOPE
Many studies over the years have shown that, in spite of our abuse,  our skin is constantly working to repair itself.  Therefore, stopping some of our negative habits would certainly be a giant step forward in giving our skin the best possible environment to repair the damage we have inflicted.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Stop smoking
Protect your skin from the sun
Drink more water and less alcohol
Cleanse & moisturize your skin daily
Eat a healthier, more balanced diet
Exercise regularly
Simply incorporating these suggestions into your life is a way that you can take action.  Why not help provide your body with the resources to heal and repair your skin rather than constantly working against it?  Once you have made these changes to your daily routine, you will start to see the results.

TAKING THE NEXT STEP
OK, I get it!  A healthy lifestyle can certain lead to healthier skin, but what if you’re already doing the best you can?
There are multiple options available to help.  Some are quite simple, like using effective skin care products.  Keep in mind, the most expensive products are not necessarily the best.  We can certainly help you in this regard. Our line of medical grade skin care products are as effective as the most expensive but generally costs much less.
A number of non invasive treatments are available at our Center including microdermabrasion, facial peels, fractional laser treatments and injectables.

WHAT ABOUT SURGERY?
Sure, surgery is a major step, and one not to be taken lightly.  However, it is important to recognize that the field of Cosmetic Surgery has progressed significantly over the years. Cosmetic procedures are now accomplished with faster healing and more natural looking results. Surgeries are performed in our own State Licensed and Fully Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center which allows our patients more privacy, lower risk of infection than that inherent in hospitalization, no added hospital fees, and an entire staff of specifically trained individuals who are dedicated solely to the field of Cosmetic Surgery.   There is no doubt that our patients receive the highest level of care available.

IN SUMMARY
There are many pathways toward restoring and maintaining a more youthful appearance.  We are certain that we can help you regardless of how much or how little you are prepared to do. Affordable financing is available with low or no-interest options.  Our Patient Coordinator and Skin Care Specialist, Dena Purvis, offers free consultation to those seeking advice.  If surgery is a consideration, a consultation with Dr. Tobin can be arranged.  We look forward to helping you make positive changes for a brighter future.