Natural Ways to Have Younger Looking Skin. Spring Is The Perfect Time To Rejuvenate Your Skin

When you know how to treat your skin well, it shows! By learning to nourish your skin’s cells, you can help it stay firmer and smoother, with younger looking texture and tone.

Natural treatments are now available to help you feel and look your best without painful procedures.

By getting to know more about the skin, and new natural ways to care for it, you can restore your own healthiest, youngest-looking skin, and look and feel your best.

A Closer Look at Collagen and Elastin

If you’ve checked into skin care, you’ve heard about collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It grows as fibers that inter-connect to support all the other tissues and organs in our body — especially the skin.

Collagen and elastin are major skin components. Only about one-third of the protein in our muscles, internal organs and connective tissues consists of collagen. But, collagen makes up about 75-80% of our skin, says the Cleveland Clinic.

Elastin makes the skin elastic — just as the name suggests. It occurs in the skin along with collagen fibers. It is necessary to help the skin and other organs expand, stretch, flex, and return to their resting shape.

Think about how your cheeks get round as you smile, and then lay evenly on your cheekbones at rest. Or think about how your lungs and sides expand and relax as you breathe. Elastin, working with collagen, makes this possible.

Understanding Skin’s Layers

You don’t see them, so you may not know your skin is made up of three layers.

The skin’s outer layer is the epidermis, the innermost layer is the hypodermis, and the middle is the dermis.

The most collagen and elastin are contained in the deepest layers, the dermis and hypodermis. The dermis layer actually makes collagen and elastin. The hypodermis contains fat cells and collagen cells to support the two upper layers of skin.

When collagen and elastin break down, we see wrinkles, lines, cellulite, and sagging skin. To reduce wrinkles effectively, it helps to think about all the layers when considering treatments.

Why Skin Sags and Wrinkles

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Our skin creases, wrinkles, and gets more lax because starting about age 30 we lose collagen at a rate of about 1% a year.  As we age our bodies also decrease production of collagen when women reach menopause; there is a 30% reduction in collagen production in first 1-5 years of menopause. So, it is vital to take good care of the collagen and elastin you have now.

What can you do to take care of the collagen and elastin in your skin, to help it stay strong, flexible and even? Can you make more of these proteins when they break down? Skin care science has some positive news.

Yes, You Can Make Your Own Collagen!

Did you know it’s possible to stimulate your body to increase production of collagen and ok even decades after the body’s prime years?

Thanks to medical science, we now have treatments that stimulate the body to increase production of collagen and elastin naturally. Your skin can generate some of the proteins that have broken down, without painful, costly surgery. You just need to know how to get started making the right repairs – and how to keep enjoying the results.

It turns out the best handy-person to repair your skin is the body itself.

Begin by Stopping the Damage that Ages Your Skin

Wear Sunscreen

First, you need to limit the damage to your collagen and elastin. UVA and UVB rays generate free radicals that damage your skin — they are like little solar hammers that strike at collagen and elastin fibers. Using sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent degradation of collagen/premature aging.

  • Choose a sunscreen of SPF 50 or greater
  • Use broad spectrum UVA UVB SPF 50 (to block 98% of harmful rays)

Nourish the Skin

Use skincare products that provide antioxidants to deal with infrared and visible light. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, suppress collagen digesting enzymes, and help protect against damage from air pollution.

Antioxidants include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • COQ-10
  • Resveratrol
  • Green tea polyphenols

I recommend this great sunblock which gives you much-needed protection from damaging rays, and adds antioxidants as it moisturizes.

Check out: Age Defense Antioxidant Sunscreen, Moisturizing Formula

Clean, Moisturize, and Keep Nourishing

As we age, the skin makes less moisture. Dirt and pollutants clog pores and increase the risk of acne and scarring.

Moisture helps skin cells remain hydrated and plump. Quality skin care (including sunblock) can help prevent premature aging and help repair and renew skin. Vitamin C, Retinol and Ceramides are a few clinically proven ingredients that support skin health. that break down collagen and elastin. Antioxidants reduce free radical’s power. Check out our personally developed line of medical grade skincare products.

Eat, Sleep and Exercise Well

Minimize processed foods, white sugar, and drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins can help neutralize free radicals that damage the skin.

Drinking more water helps your skin cells stay hydrated and plump. Good muscle tone from exercise supports firmer skin tone. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential to every beauty routine.

Next, Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Repair

Next, you need to wake up the body’s ability to make collagen and elastin. Fortunately, with treatments based on the latest science, you can stimulate collagen and elastin to grow in your skin naturally and safely.

These three medical aesthetic treatments deliver safe, fast results without surgery:

Micro Needling or Collagen Induction with SkinPen

One of the best treatments for acne scars and stretch marks, as well as wrinkles and lines is called micro-needling or collagen induction. This treatment uses a special device to make micro channels in the top two layers of the skin — the epidermis and the dermis.

The micro-injuries stimulate a number of healing responses. The outer layer of the skin begins to renew itself at a much faster rate. Unevenly pigmented areas therefore begin to look more even and youthful as new cells replace dark spots and age spots.

Your practitioner can focus on special areas such as acne scars and stretch marks, breaking up scar tissue. The body responds by forming fresh collagen and elastin, a process called skin remodeling.

The body’s natural response is immediate. Patients may see some redness, but results are often visible just after a treatment. While the treatment is not painful, some redness usually appears where the skin is treated. The body continues to require the use of specialized post procedure protocol skin care products that optimize collagen and elastin production to increase collagen and elastin for the 30 days following each micro needling.

A minimum of 3 treatments spaced a month apart is recommended for most patients. People with deeper acne scars or wrinkles will benefit for additional treatments. I provide collagen induction treatments with the SkinPen at the Optimal Wellness Center.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

This treatment helps firm and tone the skin painlessly with acupuncture needles. It also helps patients relax and enjoy a greater sense of well-being. Not only does it soothe the body as a whole, it improves appearance by:

  • Increasing blood flow to the skin
  • Stimulating skin cell regeneration
  • Relaxing muscles in the jaw, forehead and eyes

Cosmetic acupuncture can be especially effective for patients who want to firm skin and reduce frown and worry lines — and to ease the feelings that make them want to frown and worry. I am a well trained and experienced cosmetic acupuncture practitioner — find out more.

Therapeutic radio frequency energy with Venus Legacy For the Face , Neck and Body

For patients concerned about cellulite, stubborn fat deposits as well as lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin. Venus Legacy is often the treatment of choice.

Treatments stimulate collagen production using a combination of medically approved radiofrequency and magnetic pulses. An applicator directs gentle, safe heat energy through the layers of skin. Not only does it wake up the skin’s collagen and elastin production. It improves elasticity so that sagging skin becomes firmer and tighter, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also breaks down stubborn fat deposits, which the body eliminates naturally.

Venus Legacy gives excellent immediate and long term results with tightening of the skin, and with improved body contours.

Medical Aesthetic Treatments for Skin: Comparison Chart

To quickly sum up, you have a choice of natural ways to improve your skin, depending on the type of change you want to see.

A number of treatments help your skin repair collagen and elastin, give you smoother, firmer skin and reduce wrinkles.

But depending on your preferences, some treatments will have other advantages you may want to explore:

Advantages of Aesthetic Medicine Treatments at the Optimal Wellness Center

Reduce wrinklesImprove skin tone & textureReduce scars & dark spotsTighten sagging skinReduce celluliteImprove Contours; body sculptingIncrease Well-beingReduce stretch marks

SkinPen

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Venus Legacy

Find out more about the best treatment for you. If you are in the Ridgewood, NJ area, contact Dr. Keller, for a consultation to learn more.

 

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5 Reasons Why Sunscreen Is the Most Important Skin Care Product You’ll Wear This Summer

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Being outdoors and active is part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a tan is not a sign of skin health! In fact, a suntan or sunburn are signs that skin has already been damaged.

Of course we can’t totally avoid sun exposure, but a little goes a long way. Harmful exposure can happen after just 10 minutes in the direct sun, especially between 10AM and 4PM.

What’s Harmful About Sun Exposure?

By harmful exposure, we are talking about more than sunburn. There are several additional ways that too much sun exposure damages the skin. It causes:

  • Dark blotches / age spots
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Premature wrinkling
  • Premature sagging
  • Increased risk for skin cancer

That’s why I believe everyone should protect the skin with sunscreen, especially during the summer. Here are my top 5 reasons why sunscreen is the most important skincare product for you.

Top 5 Reasons To Use Sunscreen

1) Prevent Sunburn

Sunburn is the redness caused by enlarged blood vessels, and inflammation as the body responds to skin cell damage. It can be painful! People of all skin types and skin colors can get sunburn.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes damage to skin cells and DNA within the layers of skin. When damage is severe enough, the skin can blister, dehydrate, die off and peel.

Two types of UV rays cause sunburn and sun damage: UVA and UVB. UVA waves are long waves, and pass more deeply into the skin. UVB waves are shorter, and they do most of their damage to the skin’s surface.

Why is it important to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days? UVA rays pass through windows, clouds, and bounce around even in the shade. So even if you’re spending lots of time in the shade, get your lotion on.

The damage of sunburn will heal, but unfortunately, the body will still have to deal with the long-term harmful effects of UV rays.

2) Help Prevent Age Spots

Also called liver spots, these dark patches start showing up around age 50. For some people, they appear earlier — even decades sooner — especially for people who have spent more time in tanning lights or in the sun.

Age spots form when areas of melanin — naturally formed by the body — build up with repeated UV exposure.

Age spots settle in with time. They do not go away on their own. While not medically harmful, they cause an uneven, blotchy or speckled complexion that many people don’t want.

Prevention is the best way to avoid age spots. But, it is possible to lighten age spots effectively, with new treatments including:

  • Skin Pen: gentle micro-needle procedure that helps improve the absorption of skin lightening formulas, and stimulate the growth of healthier skin

3) Help Prevent Premature Wrinkling

Skin’s texture changes naturally as we age. But sun exposure can speed up this process drastically. Sun exposure is linked with the appearance of deeper creases and lines on the face: around lips, eyes, brows and forehead.

Creases form naturally when we smile and use our facial muscles. Younger skin becomes smooth again, thanks to collagen, a protein that supports the skin like a scaffold.

Collagen helps skin keep its shape and look continuous and even. As we get older, we have less and less collagen in the skin, because our bodies make it more slowly after age 20. UV rays break collagen fibers apart as they pass through the skin.

The more sun exposure, the more collagen breaks down. The body cannot naturally repair this fast enough. And so, creases and wrinkles begin to show where the collagen is too damaged to provide enough support.

4) Help Prevent Premature Sagging

As we age, skin becomes thinner and the youthful layer of fat below the skin tends to shift downward. Also, the skin naturally becomes less elastic with age. Elastin is a protein that helps restore the skin’s shape after stretching. Our body makes elastin more slowly, and replaces it more gradually as we age.

Over-exposure to sun degrades and weakens elastin much faster than the normal rate.

Sagging, sun-damaged skin causes many people to look much older than their real age. Unfortunately, the aging difference shows up many years later after the original over-exposure. A good sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to prevent long-term damage and keep your skin looking younger for years to come.

5) Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Protecting yourself from sunburn and harmful sun exposure is more and more important to help prevent skin cancer. Unfortunately, the rate of all forms of skin cancer is on the rise. Most notably, the rate of new melanoma cases in the US has tripled between 1975 and 2013, says the National Cancer Institute.

Melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — is related to UV exposure. Both UVA and UVB rays can contribute to melanoma, as a number of studies have shown.

Two other forms of skin cancer — basil cell and squamous cell — are not usually life threatening, but they do cause unwanted changes in the skin’s appearance. They are also related to sun exposure, and are very common. Between 40-50% of people aged 65 or over will be diagnosed with one or the other of these types of skin cancer, says the National Cancer Institute.

Make Sunscreen Part of Your Healthy Skin Lifestyle

Sunblock is not a magic cure-all, but it can help prevent a host of skin problems from sunburn to premature wrinkles, dark spots, sagging, and skin cancer.

It is important to include sunblock in your healthy skin strategy. Remember that UVA rays pass through windows, clouds, and even enter the shade.   Wear sunblock, protective hats, and plan indoor activities during the most dangerous hours of the day.

Now is the time to start protecting your skin. New sunblock formulations are available to help you care for and nourish your skin. I want to encourage you avoid harmful sun exposure, and enjoy your healthiest skin. You can do both with these quality sunscreen formulas and treatments available here at the Optimal Wellness Center.

Skin Care Products

Treatments To Rejuvenate Sun-Damaged Skin

Venus Legacy

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Visibly and painlessly slim your waist, hips and thighs, reduce cellulite, and firm loose skin anywhere on the body – without surgery. Find out about Venus Legacy.

Skin Pen

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Skin Pen works by stimulating new collagen and elastin production, reversing years of sun damage, improving acne scars and enhancing the skin’s overall appearance. Discover Skin Pen.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Lift and firm skin around chin and eyes; reduce wrinkles and fine lines. This ancient healing treatment improves the complexion and leaves the entire face a fresher-looking. Get Details

Collagen Induction Therapy for Younger-Looking Skin: Your Micro-needling Questions Answered

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What is micro-needling as skincare treatment?

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) also known as micro-needling, is a skin treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Micro-needling uses tiny sharp needles to create hundreds of micro-channels in your skin.

In response to these micro injuries, your body releases growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the wound healing process. During this process, the body produces more collagen and elastin, essential components of your skin that contribute to its structural integrity and elasticity. This revitalizes the natural structure of your skin, resulting in firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin with a healthy, even glow.

What is the device called the Skin Pen?

The micro-needling device we use is called the Skin Pen because it is shaped like a pen, but that’s where the similarity ends.

The device allows a medical professional to safely use a cartridge with 12 tiny surgical-grade needles, which makes microscopic punctures in the skin’s surface. The applicator is automated for precise, safe control. Each cartridge is only used once per person for each treatment — and discarded afterward.

What is a treatment like?

We gently clean the area of the skin being treated, and apply a numbing cream. You relax for about 20 minutes and the numbing cream is washed off before your procedure. Most patients find the treatments non-painful, as the numbing cream ensures your comfort. Some patients experience a mild sensation on the skin, mostly notably the vibration of the device as it glides over the skin. Micro-needling of your face takes approximately 30 minutes.

How soon will you see results?

There is some redness immediately after the treatment, which naturally begins to reduce within hours. A post-procedure skin care formula helps calm and nourish the skin for its natural repair and remodeling process.

The results continue to improve over time. As increased elastin and collagen form, you see a softer, smoother, more even complexion, reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Scars and stretch marks are also reduced as new collagen and elastin remodel the skin. Some patients see the greatest improvement starting from 2-4 weeks after beginning treatments. Those who are familiar with Skin Pen notice their skin continues to improve over time for up to 3-6 months after the last treatment.

What skin conditions can it improve?

Skin Pen is ideal for people with skin damage due to sun exposure, acne, or stretch marks.

Micro-needling benefits skin health by reducing

  • Age spots
  • Mild to moderate acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Hyperpigmentation (unusual uneven complexion)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks

Benefits include:

  • Revitalizing your skin
  • Healthier younger skin
  • Improved skin appearance
  • New collagen to reverse years of sun damage

Where on the body can micro-needling be performed?

The procedure is an excellent treatment for the face, neck and décolletage. Unlike photo laser peels or chemical peels, micro-needling causes little if any peeling or sloughing of the skin. It can also be used on the arms, hands, legs, back, and abdomen.

Is there any downtime?

Each person’s experience will vary. Usually the treated areas are “pink “ to “light red” after the procedure. This usually quickly resolves over the first 24 hours, some patients may see redness for up to 48 hours.

We use Skinfuse post procedural skin care products that help reduce downtime. It is clinically proven to augment micro-needling’s ability to increase collagen and elastin, enhancing your results.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of recommended treatments will depend on the condition of the skin you want to improve.

For example, a treatment for mild scarring may need a series of 3 treatments about 4 weeks apart.

We work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your goals. Our aim is to plan only the treatments you need to give you the optimal results and help you maintain them.

Got more questions?

You can schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Betty Keller by calling the Optimal Wellness Center at 201-485-7930, or make your appointment online.

Visit or Skin Pen page on our website to see before-and-after photos and more information: See the Skin Pen at the Optimal Wellness Center.

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Natural Ways to Firm Legs and Abdomen This Spring

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Do you want a flatter belly without surgery? Wonder how to get smoother thighs without painful liposuction or laser therapy?

If you don’t want to give up wearing shorts or your favorite beachwear, but are frustrated by the problem of belly fat and cellulite, here are some natural and cosmetic treatments that can help.

Eat Well; Drink More Water

How can drinking water and eating right help tone skin and manage cellulite? It helps to understand what causes skin to loosen and dimple.

“Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle,” explains the Mayo Clinic. “As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.”

Inflammation and poor muscle tone can worsen the dimpling effect of fat under the skin. As the body works to rid itself of toxins and waste, fluids such as lymph accumulate under the skin.

Drinking water and eating healthy foods (to reduce toxins) helps your body reduce inflammation, burn fat, and nourish and hydrate your skin.

How Exercise Helps

Regular Exercise can be very beneficial to reducing the cellulite and firming skin. Without exercise, the body is less able to rid itself of excess fluids and wastes that build up and cause inflammation. Improving circulation and muscle tone helps the body flush this buildup.

Muscles that are firm and toned also do a better job of burning fat than weak, out of shape muscles. Smaller fat deposits help skin appear less baggy and be less dimpled.

Radiofrequency Therapy with the Venus Legacy System

Sometimes exercise and diet don’t do enough to reduce stubborn cellulite or loose skin. That’s when radiofrequency can be a very effective procedure without requiring painful surgery.

Radiofrequency therapy — with the Venus Legacy system — uses medically approved energy waves to firm the skin and reduce layers of fat and cellulite underneath.

The energy generates a gentle, safe amount of heat, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The healing response helps produce collagen in the skin, and break down fat deposits below.

Collagen is present throughout the skin and connective tissues and supports them. It allows skin to stretch in all directions and return to its original shape.

Skin sags because of a breakdown in collagen. But our bodies regularly make the most collagen only through about age 25. Afterward, the rate of production slows, and does not keep up with the wear and tear of sun exposure and the effects of free-radical damage and aging on collagen.

How It Works

Radiofrequency stimulation triggers the body to produce more collagen.

That is how the Venus Legacy system works. The procedure uses a safe applicator to gently warm the skin and cellulite layers. Not only does it stimulate the body to make new collagen. It also reduces the amount of fat underneath by causing fat cells to break down and shrink. The body removes the excess fat naturally as waste.

Radiofrequency has been used medically for years to promote deep-tissue healing. And because it is also so effective in firming and restoring younger looking contours, it has become a leading non-surgical cosmetic procedure. Venus Legacy is the radiofrequency system I use, with very satisfying results.

With Venus Legacy, I have seen patients lose inches from their waist, thighs and buttocks when they follow a recommended series of treatments. Venus Legacy provides more effective skin firming, cellulite reduction and body contouring than any known cream, or deep-tissue massage system. It is the most effective rejuvenating procedure to firm skin on the abdomen (and anywhere else) and reduce cellulite without surgery.

An additional benefit – it feels great! The gentle warmth of the treatments allow patients to relax and de-stress during the procedure. Results are visible immediately. There is no downtime and no pain, and patients return to their regular activities feeling — and looking — rested and rejuvenated.

Have Realistic Expectations

Changes in skin appearance and texture can be managed, but preventing all signs of change may not be realistic.

To some extent, looser skin and cellulite come with aging. Certain changes may run in the family. For example, if your mother’s hips and thighs became dimpled with cellulite as she grew older, your skin show similar changes as you approach middle age. It may not be realistic to expect to get rid of it completely, but you can take action to minimize its appearance.

When you take care of yourself, you can stay trim and feel great. You do not have to give up wearing shorts or your favorite beachwear, or feel embarrassed about the changes to your body over time. Now you know some simple healthy habits and procedures to help you enjoy a firmer looking abdomen and smoother thighs — and feel happier with the results.

For your Venus Legacy Consultation in Ridgewood, NJ, contact us online or call us at 201-485-7930

6 Ingredients Your Skin Loves – And Which Skin Care Products Have Them

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Find out which nutrients keep skin looking its best.

 

Science tells us why skin wrinkles, loses shape and gets blotchy with age.

Sun damage usually does the most to age the skin. The UV rays from too much exposure break down collagen — the support structure for skin.

Damage also comes from toxins, environmental pollution and poor food choices. As our bodies break down foods high in sugar and chemicals (most processed foods!), a torrent of free radicals is unleashed. These unbalanced molecules change the structure of nearby cells by breaking off the particles they need.

Unless we help, this damage can outpace the body’s ability to repair it — which is a job for antioxidants. Without enough antioxidants — found in healthy foods and the right skin care products — damage becomes visible over time, in ways that age us: more wrinkles, age spots and loose skin.

Which Skin Care Products Ingredients Matter?

The quality of your skin care products can make a real difference to help rejuvenate your skin.

Not all products contain the ingredients that improve skin health. Here are 6 important ingredients that help your skin regain and keep its healthy, younger-looking properties. And you’ll find links to formulations that we have selected to help replenish the ingredients that help your skin look its healthiest and best.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vital part of healthy skin. As an antioxidant, it reduces cell damage from sun exposure and from free radicals. It also helps the body make collagen – the most common protein in the body. Collagen provides a structure for growth of new cells in healing and helps the stay firm and keep its shape.

In skin care formulas, Vitamin C helps reduce skin wrinkling and decrease damage to collagen. When used for at least 12 weeks, it can help stimulate collagen production, and help the skin appear smoother. Dr. Keller’s formulations balance the correct amount of vitamin C with other ingredients in these products (see links for details):

Retinol

Retinol is one form of Vitamin A. At first it was called the “anti-infective vitamin” because of its role in the immune system. It helps reduce the formation of cancer cells in the skin, breast and other organs. It also helps regulate over 500 genes involved in differentiating cells and making proteins.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that helps rejuvenate skin. Skin creams with the right formulation of retinol, in the right concentration, help restore elasticity, and reduce wrinkles, and dark spots caused by sun exposure. Too much can cause redness and peeling, so using the correct formula is important, such as these:

Green Tea

The flavonoids in green tea protect and help rejuvenate the skin. Flavinoids are named for the Latin flavus, for “yellow,” their natural color. Many are antioxidants, reducing cellular damage from unstable molecules called free radicals.

Studies find that skin treated with formulas containing green tea is more resistant to sun damage. When applied to the skin, it also helps reduce inflammation and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. You can find green tea preparations for skin in these skincare formulas:

Ceremides

Ceremides are vital to the skin’s role as a barrier. The word comes from cera, Latin for wax. They are found in the cell membranes, and in the coating on the skin of newborn babies.

Ceramides help the skin retain moisture, while keeping out infection.   As we age, ceramide levels in the skin go down. They can be replenished through well-formulated skin care products such as these:

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red grapes, berries, peanuts and red wine. It has been found to aid in the therapy of skin conditions, especially in helping the body defend against the damage of UV radiation from too much sun exposure. UV radiation is linked with the breakdown of the elastic proteins in the skin, and increased incidence of skin cancer.

Studies show that resveratrol, when used regularly in a skin treatment plan, can help skin regain elasticity, decrease age spots and reduce acne. A skin care formula with resveratrol:

Gylcolic Acid

Glycolic acid cleans and exfoliates the skin. A correct formula safely removes dead outer layer of skin, which sends a message to the live cells below to build more collagen. This reveals the healthy glow of your complexion from the well-nourished, skin underneath.

As a cleanser, glycolic acid reduces the discoloration of acne and age spots.

Skincare products with safe glycolic acid formulations are:

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Top Skin-Firming, Fat-Reduction Treatment With No Pain, No Downtime




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Our clients say the best non-surgical treatment for skin tightening and fat reduction for the face, neck and body is Venus Legacy

See firmer, smoother skin, and melt fat away with painless treatments. No downtime!

Sounds too good to be true? Not with the Venus Legacy, it delivers excellent results, without surgery, injections or pain!

Why the Skin Creases and Sags Over Time

Being born with good genes can help some of us look younger than our years. But as we age, we lose the collagen and elastin that gives our skin that youthful glow. Even if you eat healthy foods and exercise well, you may have a few trouble spots that you just can’t get rid of. The torso, thighs, arms, neck and face are prone to wrinkles, stubborn fat deposits and loose skin as we age.

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How Can You See Younger Looking Skin – Without Surgery?

Venus Legacy is not only the latest in non-invasive, medical aesthetics; treatments are also amazingly effective in achieving an optimal natural and youthful result for skin tightening and fat loss. It gently uses magnetic energy and radio frequency to stimulate the skin’s elastic properties and melt fat.  No invasive surgery is needed. Venus Legacy treatments look great immediately – it requires no downtime.

Venus Legacy is an exciting option because it is a non-invasive, pain-free solution for treating cellulite and wrinkles, contouring the body, and toning the face, neck and body for a sculpted, toned and natural look. Your younger appearance is natural looking — not ‘fake’ — because the process stimulates the body’s own deep, natural healing response.

How It Works, and How Soon

skin firming cellulite reductionThe Venus Legacy treatments are not only the latest in modern technology, but they are also hassle-free.

 

Venus Legacy combines two of the most successful medical technologies into one very effective treatment. The treatment consists of an exclusive combination of magnetic pulses and radio frequency. A trained medical professional uses an applicator on the treatment area in a painless, risk-freeprocedure that works. The treatments are so comfortable, that, in fact, you may fall asleep because of the soothing, warming feeling.

Patients can expect immediate results after one session and permanent results can be acquired in as little as two to four treatments.

Where It Works

venus-legacy-sbVenus Legacy can be applied to all skin types and body parts, making this procedure ideal for face, neck, arms, torso, thighs, and buttocks. This is an all-in-one procedure used to tighten skin, improve elasticity, trim circumference, reduce fat and cellulite, and reduce wrinkles for both men and women.

High Satisfaction for Patients

Patients have been thrilled (some are ecstatic) with the difference in their appearance. Appointments take only 20 to 30 minutes,fitting easily into your day, since you’re able to return to daily activity immediately after a Venus Legacy Session.  Enjoy relaxing while your skin rejuvenates without any inconvenient down time from your schedule.

We asked our patients why they love the Venus Legacy and here is what some of them had to say.

 

I love the way my face has a refreshed glow immediately after my treatments. I started doing Venus legacy when I turned 50! I have been keeping up with a treatment every 4 months and love the way I look. JK -Wyckoff, NJ

 

I love that Venus Legacy is painless and I can stop in on my lunch break and go back to work without having to take time off from work. I also love the results! NL – Mahwah, NJ

 

I love the way Venus Legacy tightened my skin and reduced my little stubborn belly. I eat well and exercise regularly but it just wouldn’t budge. So happy withth the results I’m doing my love handles next. KP – Midland Park, NJ

 

I love the way Venus legacy tightened the skin on my arms, I had crapy skin and was too embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts or dresses. Now my arms look fabulous, cant wait to wear my summer clothes. SL – Ridgewood, NJ

 

I love the way Venus Legacy helped make me look my best at my son’s wedding. We timed it so I started 3 months before the wedding and I had a touch up the day before! I love the natural refreshed look. MC – Saddle River, NJ

 

I love how Venus Legacy gives natural looking results. I love that it stimulates my body to produce collagen. I just didn’t want to have injections and fillers. AH – Franklin Lakes, NJ

 

I love that I can put off the signs of aging by starting Venus Legacy now while I still have a youthful appearance. I plan on keeping up with my treatments as part of my regular beauty regime. MG – GlenRock, NJ

 

I love that the Venus Legacy made my thighs smooth, I couldn’t believe the results. I love the way I look in my shorts! SG – Ridgewood, NJ

How to Find out More

You can view before and after photos, and learn more about the treatment on our Venus Legacy page.  You can also contact Dr. Betty Keller with your questions, and make an appointment for a free consultation by calling 201-485-7930.

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Want Beautiful Skin? Try Adding These Whole Foods To Your Diet.

        Want  Beautiful SkinTry Adding These Whole Foods To Your Diet.    

 

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There are many whole foods that can  help promote healthy beautiful skin. Eating a variety of these healthy foods can give your skin a natural glow! Whole foods provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to maintain skin health. Try adding these foods to your daily diet, your skin will thank you!

Green Leafy Vegetables, especially Spinach are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help provide protection from the damaging rays of the sun.

Citrus fruits, are loaded with Vit C, a powerful antioxidant that also helps support collagen production.

Berries, are full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which can age your skin prematurely.

Apples, in addition to having Vitamin C, which helps with collagen formation, apples also contains copper.  Copper is needed to produce melanin the skin pigment that helps protect your skin from UV damage.

Nuts,  walnuts are a good sources of omega three fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation in your skin. They also contain Vitamins B and E, which help prevent damage to your skin cells.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy - Dr. Betty Keller Acupuncture NJWhat is cosmetic

acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture can help to firm

and tone your skin, bringing about a

younger appearance and a greater

sense of well-being.

When applied to skin that is affected

by aging, cosmetic acupuncture helps

minimize wrinkles, lines and can help

to firm loose skin. With treatments, clients often enjoy additional benefits of

acupuncture, such as increased energy, better skin tone and a healthy glow

that comes from a deeper feeling of wellness.

Where is cosmetic acupuncture applied?

Cosmetic acupuncture is used on certain areas of the face.  Specifically,

it’s used to lift and firm up skin that sags around the chin and eyes,

reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It improves the complexion and

gives the entire face a fresher-looking appearance.

 How does cosmetic acupuncture help

you look younger?

The treatment uses acupuncture needles.  These are sterile, stainless

steel needles that are hair-thin. A medical acupuncturist inserts them

painlessly into the skin at specific points.  The body responds to the

insertion point as a micro-trauma, bringing better circulation, and

producing collagen and elastin in the immediate area.  This healing

response results in skin that becomes firmer, with a healthier glow,

and reduced signs of wrinkles.

Comparison to other treatments

Cosmetic acupuncture is much gentler than Botox or surgery.  It

requires no incisions or skin removal, acid peels or injections.

Acupuncture brings about subtle improvement. You will not get

the same results as a facelift, Botox or fillers. The results will also

not change your appearance the way that Botox, surgical facelifts

or under-skin fillers do.  You get a more youthful look naturally,

without the side effects or recovery time needed from these other

treatments.

Cosmetic acupuncture relies on the body’s healing process.  It does

not rely on drugs, chemicals or implants.  It has no side effects, and

avoids the need to spend time healing from more traumatic

procedures.

How many treatments are needed?

To get the desired results, it’s recommended to plan a series of

10 treatments.  Plan two treatments per week for 5 weeks.

Afterward, you can schedule just one treatment per month

as recommended to maintain your results. Results can last

from 3 to 5 years depending on your age and your schedule

of treatments.

Schedule your treatment at the

Optimal Wellness Center

Dr. Keller is trained in Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture and

practices at the Optimal Wellness Center, in Ridgewood,

New Jersey. You can start look younger using your body’s

own natural healing response, and feel better too.

Schedule a consultation to see if cosmetic acupuncture is

right for you and to discuss your expectations. Make your

appointment by calling 201-485-7930 or contact Us.

 

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Venus Legacy has emerged as a new gold standard anti-aging treatment.

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Estrogen Dominance

Hormone specialist NJ Dr. Betty Keller identifies insomnia, weight gain, and anxiety among symptoms of estrogen dominance.  Discover Dr. Keller’s holistic treatment approach to restore hormone balance.

Estrogen Dominance:What Every Woman Needs to Know

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Estrogen dominance affects about fifty percent of the women in the United States. It describes an imbalance of estrogen the “stimulating hormone,” relative to progesterone the “calming hormone.”

Estrogen and progesterone work with each other to create a balance. Estrogen is a stimulant.  It can induce anxiety, insomnia, and cellular proliferation of breast and uterine tissue. Progesterone is the “calming hormone.” Progesterone helps with anxiety, sleep, mood and inhibits cell proliferation in breast and uterine tissue.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

Estrogen dominance is a condition in which women can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but too little progesterone to balance the estrogen level. It is the balance between the two that matters. Women can have low estrogen but relatively lower progesterone and have symptoms of estrogen dominance.

Common symptoms of estrogen dominance can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Heavy periods
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fibrocystic disease
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Weepiness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Food cravings
  • Sweet cravings
  • Muscle pains
  • Joint pains
  • Acne
  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory difficulties
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Insulin resistance
  • Decreased libido
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Allergic tendencies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers

Adrenal Fatigue and Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance is often seen in combination with adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance share many of the same symptoms.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your body is exposed to sustained stress.  We often experience stress due to our modern lifestyle. Chronic stress eventually overwhelms our adrenals and they cannot keep up with the increased demand for cortisol, a stress-response hormone. Eventually stress hormone levels decrease and fatigue sets in.

Estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue frequently occur together. Progesterone produces cortisol. Since most estrogen dominance is due to low progesterone, you will also have low cortisol. Most adrenal fatigue results when the adrenal glands are not able to answer the body’s demand for cortisol. So when the adrenals are overtaxed, they rob the body of progesterone to make more cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted to cortisol, you have less progesterone available to balance estrogen. So, it is important to correct not only the hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.  We must also correct the adrenal imbalance.

Restoring Hormone Balance with a Holistic Treatment Plan

At the Optimal Wellness Center, we take a holistic approach to estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue. Often we prescribe appropriate medications including Bioidentical hormones. In addition, we also prescribe medical foods, vitamins, and supplements.

We also address the many lifestyle issues that can affect hormone levels. We work with our patients to develop individualized wellness plans that include diet, exercise and stress management. As our patient, we help you find your own unique balance.

Contact Dr. Betty Keller, Hormone specialist NJ

Talk with Dr. Keller to understand your symptoms or for a consultation for your optimal wellness plan. Contact Dr. Betty Keller at 201 485 7930.

Venus Legacy Sofia Vergaras’s secret for looking her best!!

Ever wonder how popular stars get that red carpet look?
Here’s Sofia Vergara’s secret – Venus Legacy.
The Ultimate, non-invasive and painless aesthetic treatment to regenerate your face neck and body.

  • Non Invasive Body Contouring
  • Cellulite and Wrinkle reduction
  • Skin tightening
  • Stretch mark reduction
  • No down time
  • No Discomfort

See an actual treatment here –

The good news is, you don’t need to go to Hollywood to benefit from Venus Legacy.

Talk with Dr. Betty Keller about convenient, relaxing treatments here in Ridgewood New Jersey:  Request a consultation appointment at 201-485-7930

Summer’s Here! Venus Legacy Can Help You Look and Feel Your Best This Summer!

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Venus Legacy

Have you started to notice a few wrinkles? Is your skin starting to lose its youthful appearance? Do you watch what you eat and exercise but still can’t reduce stubborn areas of cellulite or fat? Does your abdomen need a Mommy Makeover? Not interested in surgery or other painful invasive procedures? Then, The Venus Legacy just might be your Best Option to help you look and feel your best!

What Is The Venus Legacy and How Can It Help You!
Venus Legacy is the newest non-surgical and painless aesthetic treatment to regenerate your face, neck, and body. The Venus Legacy has four primary functions:

Skin tightening,

Wrinkle reduction,

Cellulite reduction

Circumferential reduction

The procedure is non invasive, completely painless, with no downtime. For your face and neck, it is the ultimate “antiaging facial” reducing wrinkles, firming and tightening lax skin on your face, jaw line and neck. For your body it will tighten lax skin which occurs as we age and because of sun damage. No amount of exercise will reverse this process. The Venus legacy not only tightens your skin, you will see a reduction in circumference, and cellulite with a more contoured silhouette. It is ideal for combating stubborn areas of fat and cellulite, while diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. The procedure is completely painless, described by patients as feeling like a warm stone massage.

The device works by using a combination of radiofrequency and multipolar magnetic pulse that uniformly distributes a deep heat penetration to the underlying layers of skin. This process triggers the skin to increase the production of collagen and elastic fibers. This process reduces wrinkles, tightens and firms lax skin on your face, neck and body. There are four hand pieces two for the face and two for the body to address your specific needs. All four-hand pieces have a thermal sensor, which allows for precise control of temperature and improved results. The lift FX hand piece for the face and neck and the sculpt FX for the body also have varipulse technology for improved contouring results. The Lift FX is great for reducing fat under the chin and tightening and lifting the neck and jaw line. The sculpt FX allows for amazing body contouring results, cellulite reduction and circumferential reduction.

You can expect to see tighter skin, softening of wrinkles, plumper fuller more youthful appearance, reduced cellulite, reduced circumference and a more contoured silhouette. You will see some results immediately but you will need to do a series of treatments to see the full results. It is recommended that you do six treatments for the face and neck and 8 treatments for the body. You will continue to see improvement for up to three months after competition of your series. In order to maintain results a treatment is recommended ever three to four months.

The treatments are for anyone looking for great results, with out pain, downtime or the risk of complications from surgery or other invasive procedures.

To see more before and after photos go to https://optimalwellnessctr.com/venus-legacy-treatments/

Sun Screen Don’t Leave Home Without Appying It! Even When It’s Cloudy!

 

Sunscreen Don’t Leave Home Without Applying!

The sun’s Ultraviolet A (long-wave) and Ultraviolet B (short-wave) rays both penetrate the atmosphere and play a role in causing skin cancer, premature aging, and wrinkles. The use of a sun block that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is recommended to reduce not only the risk of skin cancer but also the signs of aging.

Excessive UV radiation damages your skin’s DNA producing genetic mutations, which can lead to skin cancer. Excessive UV radiation also leads to premature aging and wrinkles.

UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin and have a major role in tanning, skin aging and wrinkling. Until recently scientists did not think UVA rays contributed to skin cancers. However research has proven that UVA light damages both basal and squamous skin cells and contributes to the development of skin cancers.

UVB rays damage the more superficial layers of your skin, and is responsible for your skin turning red and burning. UVB rays play a major role in causing skin cancer, but also contribute to tanning and photo aging.

Its essential to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.

All sun screens have a Sun Protection factor (SPF). The number indicates how long it will take UVB rays to redden the skin when using a sun block compared without sun block protection. For example an SPF of 30 will allow someone to stay out thirty times longer than if they were not wearing sun block.

An SPF of 15 will block 93% of the sun’s UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% and an SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.

Both UVA and UVB cause damage to your skin so it is important to get a sun block that provides protection from both types of ultraviolet light. To ensure you are getting good protection choose a sun block of SPF of 15 or higher. (I prefer an SPF of 50). In addition, in order to also get adequate UVA protection, look for some combination of titanium dioxide (UVA/UAB), zinc oxide (UVA/UVB), and or avobenzone (UVA)

Our M.D. Skin Essentials skin care line includes, two Age Defense Antioxidant Sunscreens, a moisturizing formula, and one for sensitive skin.

At Optimal Wellness our skin care products are the finest medical grade scientifically based line of skin care products. All our skin care products are gluten free, cruelty free, made in the USA, and paraben free..

Our broad-spectrum antioxidant sunscreens are both SPF50, giving maximum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The moisturing skin formula is for dry or more mature skin; it is a wonderful moisturizing base that can double as a makeup primer. The sensitive skin formula, is perfect for people with sensitive skin, those with oily skin or prone to acne.

To read more about our sun block formulations, click on the following link, then scroll down to see full description

https://optimalwellnessctr.com/store/age-defense-antioxidant-sunscreen-moisturizing-formula/

For Smoother Skin, Non-Surgical Fat Reduction it’s Venus Legacy

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Have you started to notice a few wrinkles? Is your skin starting to lose its youthful appearance? Do you watch what you eat and exercise but still can’t reduce stubborn areas of cellulite or fat? Does your abdomen need a Mommy Makeover? Not interested in surgery or other painful invasive procedures? Then, The Venus Legacy just might be your Best Option to help you look and feel your best!

What Is The Venus Legacy and How Can It Help You!

Venus Legacy is the newest non-surgical and painless aesthetic treatment to regenerate your face, neck, and body. The Venus Legacy has four primary functions:

 

Skin tightening,

Wrinkle reduction,

Cellulite reduction (non-surgical cellulite reduction)

Circumferential reduction (non-surgical fat reduction)

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The procedure is non invasive, completely painless, with no downtime. For your face and neck, it is the ultimate “antiaging facial” reducing wrinkles, firming and tightening lax skin on your face, jaw line and neck. For your body it will tighten lax skin which occurs as we age and because of sun damage. No amount of exercise will reverse this process.

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, Non-Surgical Cellulite Reduction

The Venus legacy not only tightens your skin, you will see a reduction in circumference, and cellulite with a more contoured silhouette. It is ideal for combating stubborn areas of fat and cellulite, while diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. The procedure is completely painless, described by patients as feeling like a warm stone massage.

How to Get Natural, Safe Skin Tightening

The device works by using a combination of radiofrequency and multipolar magnetic pulse that uniformly distributes a deep heat penetration to the underlying layers of skin. This process triggers the skin to increase the production of collagen and elastic fibers. This process reduces wrinkles, tightens and firms lax skin on your face, neck and body.

There are four hand pieces two for the face and two for the body to address your specific needs. All four-hand pieces have a thermal sensor, which allows for precise control of temperature and improved results. The lift FX hand piece for the face and neck and the sculpt FX for the body also have varipulse technology for improved contouring results. The Lift FX is great for reducing fat under the chin and tightening and lifting the neck and jaw line. The sculpt FX allows for amazing body contouring results, cellulite reduction and circumferential reduction.

Cellulite Reduction, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Reduction–All In One

You can expect to see tighter skin, softening of wrinkles, plumper fuller more youthful appearance, reduced cellulite, reduced circumference and a more contoured silhouette. You will see some results immediately but you will need to do a series of treatments to see the full results. It is recommended that you do six treatments for the face and neck and 8 treatments for the body. You will continue to see improvement for up to three months after competition of your series. In order to maintain results a treatment is recommended ever three to four months.

The treatments are for anyone looking for great results, with out pain, downtime or the risk of complications from surgery or other invasive procedures.

To see more before and after photos go to https://optimalwellnessctr.com/venus-legacy-treatments/

Benefits of Retinol – Does it Really Reduce Wrinkles and Rejuvenate Skin?

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Skin cream to reduce rednessWhen you look at skin care formulas, many will feature retinol, retinoids or Retin-A.  So what is retinol and why is it a major skin care ingredient? How does it help reduce wrinkles?

Retinol is derived from vitamin A, in the only effective form allowed in non-prescription skin care formulas. Retinol can indeed promote healthy skin and is a common ingredient in many anti-aging creams and lotions. Unfortunately confusion abounds about what is the truth and what is myth as to its power to reverse signs of aging skin.

Retinol 101

Retinol is a safe, natural ingredient found in abundance in the skin care aisle of your local pharmacy. No prescription is required. Retin-A is a stronger prescription-only version, formulated for acne treatment. You might also encounter retinol in forms such as retinyl acetate, retinylpalmitate and retinaldehyde. These are weaker forms of retinol and are gentler, but often less effective in reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating skin.  Only formulas with retinol itself will give you the same biochemical benefit as Retin-A without a prescription (visual improvement just takes longer).

How Retinol Improves Skin Health

Your skin absorbs retinol and it converts it into retinoic acid. This triggers receptors in skin cells and effects how skin cells function.

As cells age they repair themselves more erratically and aging skin develops dark spots and freckles. Retinol helps skin cells replace themselves more quickly, causing dark spots to fade and making pores less likely to clog.

Retinol also helps the skin create more collagen, which diminishes as we age, and which breaks down with sun exposure. Used regularly, retinol boosts the amount of collagen our skin forms, and can help new collagen remain intact for years.

In general, it takes six to 12 months of regular use for noticeable wrinkle reduction.

Retinol Usage Tips

Everyone’s skin is different, and yours may be more or less sensitive to retinol. Redness, dryness or flaking is normal during the first few days of use as your skin adjusts to the new stimuli. Here are some tips to help ease the transition:

  • Because retinol breaks down in sunlight, it’s best to apply it at night or in conjunction with sunscreen of at least SPF 30 during the day. If you’re heading outside, wear protective clothing and limit your sun exposure.
  • If you experience irritation, reduce your usage frequency. Switching from daily use to every-other-day gives your skin time to adapt.
  • Use a moisturizer to help prevent dryness and reduce potential symptoms.

Ask your doctor about using an AHA exfoliant with your retinol-based wrinkle cream. Studies show that AHA exfoliants can greatly enhance retinol’s ability to revitalize and repair damaged skin.
Dr. Betty Keller keeps up-to-date on the latest findings to help you develop a plan for optimal health.

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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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Venus Freeze named the #1 Non-Surgical Beauty Treatment in 2013 by “American Health & Beauty” Readers’ Choice Awards

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New Year – Time To Look And Feel Your Best!

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You are ready to look your best in 2014

We have the science to reverse aging and provide desired results

  • A warm, relaxing massage-like treatment
  • Skin tightens …wrinkles reduced

  • Face, neck and body shape improves

  • Gain new collagen …cellulite improves

  • Completely painless …no downtown
  • No injections or lasers

  • FDA-approved 

  • Achieve the appearance you want


Schedule your complimentary Venus Freeze consult and treatments today.
Call us at 201-485-7930 

Limited Time Offer

Special Venus Freeze Packages

Package (1) — Face and Neck

Purchase 6 treatments, Face and Neck for $2200, regularly priced at 3,600.


Package (2) – Mommy Makeover

Purchase 8 treatments for the abdomen
Special Limited Price of $1800, regularly priced at $2400.

*  Based on clinical trials and the ongoing collection of data of actual patients’ results, to achieve the optimum results, Venus Freeze recommends 6 treatments for the face and 6 treatments for the neck. Venus Freeze recommends 8 treatments for the body. Treatments can begin at your consultation. Above Special offers expire April 6th, 2014.

Each Venus Freeze treatment is regularly priced at $300. Special pricing offers are exclusively in package purchases and maintenance treatments.

You must call by April 6th to schedule a consultation and series must be purchased at the time of your consultation in order to receive this special price. Series needs to be completed by June 30th.

Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation: 201-485-7930

Venus Freeze Voted #1 in 2013 American Health and Beauty Reader’s Choice Awards

Venus Freeze Is #1 In 2013 American Health and Beauty Readers’ Choice Awards.

As seen on The Doctors and Rachel Ray TV shows — and here at the Optimal Wellness Center — this procedure uses safe Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PMF) and Radio Frequency (RF) to firm loose skin and reduce wrinkles that come with aging.

Lose belly fat, tighten skin nj treatmentSome doctors call it the non-surgical tummy-tuck. Dr. Betty Keller is very pleased to see Venus Freeze awarded top honors as the #1 procedure among American Health and Beauty readers.  She offers Venus Freeze in treatment plans for men or women who want to:

  • improve the look, feel and shape of areas that do not respond well to traditional exercise and diets
  • diminish wrinkles and obtain a fresh youthful look without the use of  needles or surgery
  • tighten skin,  decreasing cellulite and visibly reduce the circumference of areas of the body
  • use a non-invasive and painless approach

She began providing Venus Freeze treatments at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes New Jersey.

Patients report that the treatment feels relaxing, like going to the spa. It is commonly used on face, chin, neck, arms, abdomen, thigh and leg areas.  See our Venus Freeze page for more information, or call us at 201-485-7930 to make a consultation appointment.

Gain Energy, Lose Wrinkles, Feel Great; See How At Our Open House

Vitamin C to prevent wrinklesDid you know that what you eat and do can help prevent wrinkles?

Did you know –

  • that wrinkles are associated with a low vitamin-C diet, according to new medical studies?
  • that you can eat certain foods to protect your skin against premature aging?
  • that you can taste some of the best foods and see the latest treatments to keep you looking and feeling great, at the Optimal Wellness Center on October 16?

Come to the Optimal Wellness Center Open House, 11:00 AM on October, 16, at 777 Franklin Lakes Drive, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Learn tips to have more energy, lose weight, and improve your skin to look and feel your best.

Sample some healthy and delicious recipes, and learn how the foods you eat can reduce wrinkles, protect your skin, and help you enjoy new energy.

Find out about the many types of massage therapy offered at our center.

And hear about new treatments for weight loss, chronic fatigue and pain relief.

We’re most excited to introduce you to our new body contouring and skin rejuvenation services.

Dr. Betty Keller is looking forward to seeing you at the Open House at the Optimal Wellness Center. Come to 777 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes NJ, 201-485-7930 (directions here)

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…So We Fix Enough For You!