What Causes Wrinkles? Prevention and Treatment

What causes wrinkles

A new technology – the Venus Legacy system – minimizes wrinkles, firms lax skin and reduces fat and cellulite.

If you don’t welcome signs of aging like frown lines, crow’s feet and sagging skin, you’re not alone. Americans spend over $12 billion every year to reduce or reverse signs of aging.  Many people want to stay looking and feeling younger. But what really works to reduce wrinkles?

Understanding what causes wrinkles and premature aging is a first step to doing what you can to look younger and healthier without surgery.

Why Skin Wrinkles with Aging

Aside from the natural aging process, sun damage is by far the biggest cause of premature aging. By age 20, much damage to the skin’s structure is already underway (says a University of Maryland Medical Center report). Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) disrupt the formation of collagen and elastin in the deep layers of the skin, breaking down these proteins needed for firmness, smoothness, and springiness.

The body naturally makes less collagen and elastin after about age 20. Production continues to decrease right through menopause.  Over time, glands that once made moisturizing oils begin to shrink. Our natural repair and healing processes slow down, too. They are outpaced by damage caused by poor diet, sun exposure, pollution, stress and repeated gestures like smiling, raising eyebrows, or squinting.

How To Minimize Skin Wrinkles With Aging

You can make a real difference by wearing sunblock, moisturizing with carefully made formulas that promote healing, limiting exposure to UV rays, and squinting less.

A healthy diet, lifestyle and exercise also go a long way to boost your healing response and reduce the premature formation of wrinkles and loose skin. Sunglasses and a hat help too.

Besides prevention, new treatments are available to boost the skin’s healing response.

How A New Anti-Aging Therapy Reduces Wrinkles, Shrinks Fat Deposits and Firms Lax Skin

About the Venus Legacy Rejuvenation System

venus-legacy-thumbnailOne new and highly effective anti-aging therapy uses radiofrequency energy. This is the same energy used for decades to improve wound healing. Scientists discovered that a combination of radiofrequency energy and magnetic pulses help direct the energy to where it’s needed to stimulate collagen and elastin repair.  It also boosts blood circulation and triggers the breakdown of small fat deposits and cellulite.

Results include firmer, smoother skin, fewer visible wrinkles, and slimmer contours where the treatment is applied.

The Venus Legacy system refers to this as Multi Polar Magnetic Pulse (MP)2 technology. The system’s applicator gently warms tissues with radiofrequency (RF) energy, and directs it to areas where it is needed with pulsed magnetic fields. The gentle, deep warming helps trigger the body’s natural healing response without injuring the skin.

How Venus Legacy Works

Venus Legacy, used professionally, gives you the benefit of both radiofrequency energy and magnetic pulse technology:

  • Radiofrequency sends electrical currents into the skin to generate heat without causing uncomfortable “hot spots.” It improves blood circulation and stimulates collagen production and lipolysis, or breakdown of fat.
  • Pulsed magnetic fields safely stimulate the skin around skin cells. Even by themselves, magnetic fields can lead to increased collagen production, the formation of small blood vessels, and healing in the area.

Optimal Strategies to Help Prevent and Reduce Wrinkles

You can’t do anything to eliminate wrinkles forever, but you can make a difference to maintain firmer, healthier, younger-looking skin.

  • Use sunscreen when you plan to be outdoors.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and antioxidants (get our heath tips).
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent excessive squinting.
  • Moisturize with high quality products that help restore skin.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Consider Venus Legacy for wrinkles, cellulite, and fatty spots that defy diet and exercise.

A healthy lifestyle and sun protection play a big part of any anti-aging strategy.  Be aware that UV exposure undermines the healing process — so sun protection is increasingly important when you want to look your youngest and best.

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Dr. Betty Keller offers Venus Legacy anti-aging treatments in Franklin Lakes, NJ at the Optimal Wellness Center.  Call us at 201-485-7930 to learn more about her approach to wellness and anti-aging treatments for firmer, smoother skin without surgery.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Stroke Risk: Myths and Facts

Hormone Replacement Myths and Facts

Hormone Replacement Myths and FactsYou may be considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to benefit your health. But one of your main concerns may be the risk of stroke. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for women in the U.S., and of course you want what’s best for your health.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. There is a great deal of misinformation surrounding BHRT and the risk of stroke. You can start to separate fact from fiction by gathering updated information, and by speaking with a doctor who keeps up with the latest medical findings about BHRT.

Here you can find out the truth behind some common myths around BHRT.

Myth: BHRT increases the risk of stroke.

Fact: BHRT does not necessarily increase your risk of having a stroke.

There is a great difference in risk factors for stroke, depending on whether synthetic or bioidentical hormones are used in treatment. Also, how the hormones are taken (in pill form, or a patch or gel on the skin) yields different results. A long-running study of more than 100,000 women in France (called the E3N study) found that bioidentical estrogen hormone patches and gels were linked with lower stroke risk than estrogen pills. Women taking estrogen through low-dose patches with pill-form progesterone slightly lowered their risk of stroke compared to women not using hormone replacement therapy.

Research published in the Journal Maturitas studied a group of 16,906 Swedish women ages 45 to 73 over a period of 10.5 years. They found that the risk of stroke was no different for women undergoing hormone replacement treatments than for those who did not. Excess body weight, smoking, older age, and high blood pressure were all found to be factors that increased the risk of stroke. Women who started treatments before menopause had a lower risk of stroke compared to those who started treatment after menopause.

 

Myth: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Bioidentical Hormone medications.

Fact: The FDA has listed drugs approved for menopausal hormone therapy; many are bioidentical hormone medications.

Some bioidentical hormone products are approved and regulated by the FDA, and some that are not. All hormones used for hormone balancing are man-made. Confusion arises between compounds that are custom made by pharmacies, and those that the FDA has approved.  Many bio-identical hormone medications are commonly compounded by pharmacies according to a doctor’s prescription.

Compounding pharmacies are able to provide customized medications, including BHRT according to a doctor’s recommendations. They can prepare ointments, creams, and gels and other forms. They are not subject to FDA regulations.

The FDA has approved bioidentical hormone products including pill, gel, spray, and patch preparations.  A 2013 study mentioned by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows that certain FDA-approved products (rather than compounded ones) may be tied to a slightly lower risk compared to synthetic hormones in pill form. Researchers stress that further confirming studies are needed.

Myth: Only one kind of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is safest.

Fact: There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for hormone balance. Your treatment plan requires careful decisions that you and your doctor should make.

Like any treatment, hormone balancing presents benefits and possible unwanted side effects and risks. Each person has different risk factors for stroke and other threats to health. Hormone treatment is one of many factors that impact your long-term health. Changes to improve your nutrition, response to stress, and lifestyle routines make a big difference in lowering your risk of disease.

Whether or not to seek BHRT and which treatment plan to follow are decisions you’ll want to make with a doctor who has up-to-date information. 

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