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4 Steps to Brighter Eyes

Did you know that it takes someone just seven seconds to form a solid first impression of a stranger and even less time to start judging their perceived traits? Unfortunately, over time, we all tend to have a habit of gathering information that supports that first impression. It’s no wonder then that so many of us seek out easy treatments or quick fixes to ensure we’re looking our best day in and day out, particularly when it comes to our eyes. Eye contact occurs with every first meeting, and oftentimes it’s the area around our eyes that give us away, revealing a lack of sleep with dull skin, dark circles, or an aged and fatigued appearance—all of which may not form the best first impression. 

If you’re one of the 72% of Americans concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, and aging eyes, get ready to say so long to those dark under-eye circles with these tips for dealing with them, revealing a younger, more rejuvenated appearance that encourages trust, confidence, and a positive first impression.

How to Treat Dark Circles Under the Eyes

There are a few reasons you might see some dark shadows under your eyes. Determining the cause can help to better narrow in on the treatment that’s right for you, which leads us into the first step to brighter eyes. 

Step 1: Determine the Cause

While we could launch into dozens of reasons why you may be seeing those pesky dark undereye circles, it typically boils down to five potential causes:

  1. Loss of skin elasticity 
  2. Dull, dehydrated skin
  3. Thinning skin
  4. Pigmentation
  5. A combination of some or all of the above, oftentimes as a result of poor sleep habits and/or genetics 

How can you determine which might be the cause that applies to you? Start by gently stretching the skin under your eye with your pointer and middle fingers, lightly pulling the skin downward and outward toward the outer corner of the eye. As you pull and the skin tightens, observe how the color of the skin changes, if at all. If the dark circles appear to fade, they’re likely shadows caused by a loss of volume or dull, dehydrated skin. If they deepen in color when stretched, thinning skin is the likely cause, as the darkness showing through is the appearance of blood vessels under the skin’s surface. Finally, if the dark circles don’t change in color, they are likely a result of pigmentation in the skin, which generally refers to a heavier concentration of melanin or more pronounced blood vessels, both of which may be a result of prolonged sun exposure in this sensitive skin area.

Step 2: Find a Quick Fix

For some, a quick fix may be all that is needed or it might just be the next step to reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes prior to finding the right aesthetic treatment for you. Depending on the cause, you may consider one of the following four quick fixes:


  •  Start with a Little Makeup: For dark circles as a result of pigmentation, try applying concealer in an upside-down triangle under the eye. Blend in with a beauty blender sponge or small brush, gently dabbing the concealer into the skin and blending both inward, toward the tear duct and water line, and outward to ensure there’s no visible line between the concealer and your skin tone. Finish off with a light touch of bright beige, ivory, or gold shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eyes for a brightening boost.
  •  Get Your Zzzs: Beauty sleep is the real deal. While you rest, your skin recuperates from the day’s aggressors—think pollution, sun exposure, free radicals, makeup, dry air, and more. Without rest, skin can struggle to rejuvenate itself, appearing dull and dehydrated when you get up and making it easier for blood vessels to show through the thinner skin under the eyes. To improve the appearance of under-eye circles, take care of your sleep hygiene. Get adequate amounts of rest each night, set a bedtime, and minimize your use of caffeine, electronics, or other stimulants before hitting the sack.
  •  Introduce a Retinol Routine: For dark circles resulting from thinning skin, try adding a retinol-based eye serum to your nighttime beauty routine (avoid it in the morning, as retinol makes skin much more sensitive to UV light.) Retinol, otherwise known as vitamin A, is often added to skin care products for its collagen-boosting benefits. By helping to stimulate increased collagen production over time, retinol helps to thicken skin, minimizing the appearance of dark circles in the process. 
  •  Go for a Facial: Dull, dehydrated skin can lack volume and color, making blood vessels below the skin much more visible, particularly in areas where the skin is naturally thinner, like under the eyes. While sleep, retinol, and regular moisturizers may help boost skin hydration, the outcome is instantly brighter, moisturized, and glowing skin—and a reduction in the appearance of dark undereye circles as a result! 

Step 3: Explore Further Treatment Options

For those looking for a longer-term fix that doesn’t require regular makeup applications or a schedule overhaul, there are a couple long-term aesthetic treatments for dark circles that you may consider. 

The first option may be hyaluronic acid injections. A better fit for thinning skin or a loss of volume leading to dark circles under the eyes, hyaluronic acid is thoughtfully injected to plump skin and eliminate or minimize the appearance of dark circles. In some instances, minor bruising may occur as a result of these injections. While results are instant, they will only last up to an estimated nine months before requiring repeat injections.

For those experiencing more important issues, surgery of the eyelids ( blepharoplasty)may be considered.   Skin under the eyes will appear smoother and firmer, reducing the appearance of dark circles in the process for brighter, younger-looking eyes.

Finally, Of course, safety comes first, so it’s best to reach out to a certified treatment provider to ensure this may be a potential option for addressing your aesthetic concerns, which leads us to the final step…

Step 4: Locate a Trusted Treatment Provider Near You

When treating aesthetic concerns so close to the eyes, you don’t want to take a risk on a promotional price or a provider who may not be a certified expert. Having said that, finding a skilled plastic surgeon you can trust can be a difficult task , so ask around and insist on the help from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Click Here to find out more about surgical enhancement of the eyelids

By | 2019-09-03T15:27:47-05:00 September 3rd, 2019|EN|0 Comments

The Differences Between How Men and Women Age

As the famous duet might suggest, when it comes to the battle of the sexes, it’s anything you can do, I can do better, right? While in many cases your gender really doesn’t have much to do with your capabilities, when it comes to physical signs of aging, women seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage—at least without a little help—with men having the upper hand at delaying premature signs of aging. Mostly, you can thank hormones for this imbalance, but there are a few other factors you may consider that could help to turn the tables. Here, we take a look at four of the top reasons men appear to age slower than women with a couple bonus tips on how you can influence the odds in your favor.

Why Do Men Appear to Age Slower Than Women?

Women outliving men happens to be a worldwide trend. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), on a global scale, women live an average of six to eight years longer than their male counterparts. The pitfall here is that men’s appearances tend to age more slowly than that of females. Is it any wonder then that most anti-aging skin care lines target females? While there are quite a few lifestyle factors that can tip the scales—and we won’t ignore them—there are four main factors to consider that cause men and women to age at different rates.

1. Testosterone Supports the Development of Thicker Skin.

While skin health will still vary by individual, fundamentally speaking, male hormones have a thickening effect on skin. According to one study, androgen and testosterone, two hormones that are usually present in higher levels in men, can increase skin thickness by 25% on average as compared to females. This helps to maintain skin structure and plumpness while fending off fine lines and cellulite. 

On the flip side, estrogen, a hormone typically present in much higher levels in women than men, can prompt collagen degradation. Because men have lower levels of estrogen, the decline in healthy collagen production tends to be less dramatic with age. In comparison, a female’s collagen production levels tend to sharply decline during perimenopause and menopause, when estrogen levels shift.

While thicker skin and higher collagen density tend to keep men’s skin looking younger for longer, it can also contribute to the development of deeper-set wrinkles, particularly when paired with a typically minimal skin care routine. To prevent premature aging and help to better support skin’s natural collagen production levels, consider adapting a skin care routine using products that contain active ingredients, such as growth factors from stem cells and antioxidants, to stimulate healthy skin cell renewal. 

2. Testosterone Promotes Increased Oil Production.

Generally speaking, men tend to struggle with non-hormonal acne more often than women due to larger pores and higher levels of sebum production—again, thanks to testosterone. However, sebum isn’t all bad. As oil produced by our skin’s sebaceous glands to naturally maintain skin’s moisture levels, sebum helps to support lipid health, which is a key component for healthy skin hydration. Skin hydration, characterized by a strong lipid barrier (more on that here!), plays a significant role in protecting the skin from environmental damage while also preventing signs of premature aging. While lipid barrier health naturally declines with age, the boost in sebum production that men see as a result of higher testosterone levels helps to maintain optimal skin hydration for longer once they pass the 40-year mark. Women, on the other hand, see a more rapid decline in skin hydration, again as a result of hormone fluctuations.

3. Women’s Hormones Levels Decline More Suddenly.

Both estrogen and testosterone support collagen and elastin production. However, women see a dip in estrogen levels starting in their 30s, declining at a faster rate as they head into their 40s and on through menopause before levelling out a bit. Men, on the other hand, see less of a dramatic dip, experiencing a gradual decline in testosterone levels beginning in their 30s that doesn’t speed up with age. This means that while both women and men may begin to experience declines in hormone production at the same age, women experience more dramatic dips than men. Considering men also begin with thicker, more naturally hydrated skin, this gives males the advantage of naturally maintaining plumper, younger-looking skin for longer with the slower, less noticeable development of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity later in life compared to females.

For females experiencing a dip in collagen and elastin production during and leading up to menopause, consider opting into an aesthetics treatment plan that better supports skin’s natural collagen and elastin production levels to better maintain and sustain skin health as you age. While topicals may help to do just that, combining advanced anti-aging skin care with a complementary wrinkle reduction treatment plan can help to dive deeper beneath the surface, supporting skin health from the inside out. 

4. Lifestyle Trends Can Impact Our Rate of Aging.

While lifestyle factors are a major variable that technically changes from person to person, we can’t ignore this major factor. Just because men have a higher level of testosterone that benefits skin health from the get-go, that doesn’t mean that they’re guaranteed to experience aging at a slower rate. According to the WHO, males do tend to drink and smoke more often than females, a factor that plays into that shorter average life expectancy we mentioned earlier. Smoking and alcohol consumption may make the rate of collagen and elastin decline in a male much faster than his non-smoking female counterpart who tends to drink less. Further, occupations that require long hours of laboring outdoors generally employ more men than women, making those males much more susceptible to premature aging caused by UV exposure and other environmental factors that can accelerate aging. In contrast, women tend to be more susceptible to depression and anxiety, causing higher levels of stress that can have a negative impact on skin health.

The Bottom Line

While breaking bad lifestyle habits is the best step to prevent premature aging, a variety of non-surgical aesthetic treatment plans are available to treat common skin concerns caused by environmental factors and our lifestyle choices,

By | 2019-07-29T17:46:41-05:00 July 29th, 2019|EN|0 Comments

The Difference Between Wrinkles and Rhytides

The Difference Between Wrinkles and Rhytides

While a wrinkle may just seem like a wrinkle, you might be surprised to know that there are actually different types that can impact the ways in which they can be effectively prevented and treated. Once you’re able to understand the differences between wrinkles and rhytides, you’ll be able to better customize your anti-aging toolkit to get the results you want.

Wrinkles vs. Rhytides

It’s a subtle difference, but if you’re interested in medical aesthetic treatments, your provider may distinguish between wrinkles and rhytides. While rhytides can be a term that’s tossed around as a stand-in for wrinkles, the two aren’t exactly the same. For the most part, rhytides are fine lines and minor creases that appear first, while wrinkles are the deeper folds or creases that often follow rhytides. Seeking treatments for rhytides can be the most effective way to keep skin looking smooth and firm, but there are solutions for deeper-set wrinkles as well.

How wrinkles and rhytides form can be complex, and there are various factors that come into play that can cause wrinkles. However, there’s one more set of wrinkle types to consider that can be useful in determining the right course of treatment and its overall impact.

Static vs. Dynamic: Two More Types of Wrinkles

Regardless of where wrinkles occur on the face and body, they can be divided into two more general categories:

  •  Static: Static rhytides and wrinkles develop from the effects of gravity and a loss of skin elasticity, such as on the jowls or cleavage wrinkles.
  •  Dynamic: Dynamic rhytides and wrinkles develop from repetitive movements, facial expressions, or habits, such as squinting.

The following are just some examples of dynamic wrinkles that may crop up over time with repeated expressions:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Worry lines (vertical wrinkles between the brows)
  • Bunnies (creases at the bridge of the nose)
  • Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
  • Laugh lines (wrinkles around the nose and lips)
  • Smoker’s wrinkles (pucker lines around the edges of the lips)

It’s important to note that dynamic and static wrinkles may begin as rhytides and develop into wrinkles, but dynamic rhytides can also become static wrinkles over time. For example, dynamic rhytides around the eyes (or fine lines caused by laughing or squinting) may morph into deeper static wrinkles as skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more fragile with age.

The Top Aesthetic Treatments for Wrinkles and Rhytides

There are a couple of options for treating wrinkles and rhytides that you may consider.

Injectables

Injectables can offer temporary plumping effects for both static and dynamic facial wrinkles. They may also be used to relax muscles, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle tension. However, there are a couple limitations with these treatments. To begin, injectables are best used in smaller treatment areas, meaning they are only a potential solution for targeted facial wrinkles. Secondly, they do not support skin health, meaning they mask the appearance of a decline in collagen and elastin—two essential building blocks that help to keep skin firm, plump, and smooth—rather than actually boosting production. In all, injectables may be an option for a quick smoothing solution for fine lines before a big event, but may not be the best long-term solution for deep-set wrinkles.

Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion

Chemical peels and dermabrasion remove the upper layer of skin while prompting the natural skin cell renewal process for a smoother, brighter surface. Like injectables, these treatments don’t dive deep to support skin’s natural collagen and elastin production levels. As a result, chemical peels and dermabrasion may smoothen rough texture and reduce the appearance of static and dynamic rhytides, but they often fall short in fending off the appearance of deeper-set wrinkles and preventing the continued development of wrinkles. It’s also important to note that significant downtime can be expected following these types of treatments and for those with darker skin tones, they come with a higher risk of discoloration.

 

 

By | 2019-06-05T06:41:33-05:00 June 3rd, 2019|EN|0 Comments

Best Way for Moms to Look Their Best !!

 

 

The Best Way For Moms to Look Their Best !

Don’t you just love that we set aside an entire day to honor and celebrate the women who raised us? For those who have little (or grown) ones of their own, you know for a fact that motherhood is by no means easy. Being a mom is a full-time job, and that means making sacrifices such as your waistline, sleep, and sanity, just to name a few. For many, the after-effects that motherhood has on your body may sometimes feel irreversible, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate your role as a mother and focus on your own personal well-being for once.

Make Time for Meditation

As a mom, your mind can be racing all over the place, from managing your family’s schedule,  keeping track of your children’s homework, and juggling responsibilities at work. Needless to say, it can get quite overwhelming to constantly be on top of all these things, which is why stress management is essential. Make it a priority to set aside  a few minutes in the day to mute all those reminders in your head, sit back, relax, and meditate. This is important because, in addition to your mental well-being, stress can also greatly impact how old you appear. It is a fact that emotional distress can speed up cellular aging, increasing the likelihood of wrinkles

Get Outside

Getting outside for your fair share of vitamin D is essential. Exposure to sunlight has been shown to help boost your mood to improve mental health. Whether it just means taking playtime outdoors or watching your child’s team practice from the bleachers, some sun rays and fresh air will do your body good. However, this comes with one important caveat—sun protection! Remember to use and reapply sunscreen every day to help prevent any skin damage.

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet has benefits of controlling weight, improving mood, fending off diseases, boosting energy, and improving longevity. So why not take this opportunity to make the switch to healthier recipes for the whole family? Healthier foods can taste delicious as well. A diet change is great for your long-term health and a definite step in the right direction, but if you want a little extra help to get rid of stubborn bulges and muffin tops, consider taking on a series of body contouring treatments for a smoother, slimmer-looking silhouette. If anyone deserves it, it’s a mom.

Show Your Own Mom Some Love

Mother’s Day is an occasion dedicated to thanking the important women in our lives for all they’ve done. As many women will attest to, only after stepping into the role of a mother yourself do you really appreciate everything your own mom has done for you.

 

By | 2019-06-05T06:41:46-05:00 June 3rd, 2019|EN|0 Comments

Why your face ages and what you can do

A gracefully aging face is a beautiful thing, but there are changes that occur with age that we would like to slow down. Age affects every nook and cranny of the body. Along with the wisdom, experience, and accomplishments that come with getting older, there are changes that occur in our outward appearance. Changes in our faces are most at the forefront.

How the face ages

Dozens of changes take place as the years add up, some of them obvious and familiar:

  • Foreheads expand as hairlines retreat
  • Ears often get a bit longer because the cartilage in them grows
  • Tips of noses may droop because connective tissue supporting nasal cartilage weakens.

There are also structural rearrangements going on behind the scenes. When we’re young, fat in the face is evenly distributed, with some pockets here and there that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. With age, that fat loses volume, clumps up, and shifts downward, so features that were formerly round may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight gets loose and sags. Meanwhile other parts of the face gain fat, particularly the lower half, so we tend to get baggy around the chin and jowly in the neck.

And, of course, there are the wrinkles. Those deep ones in the forehead and between the eyebrows are called expression, or animation, lines. They’re the result of facial muscles continually tugging on, and eventually creasing, the skin. Other folds may get deeper because of the way fat decreases and moves around. Finer wrinkles are due to sun damage, smoking, and natural degeneration of elements of the skin that keep it thick and supple.

What can I do about my aging face?

Even if you have great genes and look much younger than you are, age-related changes in our facial appearance are unavoidable. Those changes reflect our joys and challenges in life. One approach is to simply celebrate our age and appearance for what they are.

Not everyone is comfortable with that, and some might like to postpone embracing those changes. The age-defying facelift, which surgically removes excess tissue and lifts sagging skin in the lower part of the face, is one way to try to stem the tides of time. Facelifts have improved, so the results tend to look more natural. But the surgery is expensive (the surgeon’s fee alone is just under $7,000, on average), and other procedures may be needed to achieve the desired results. The facelift procedure is only the 20th most popular cosmetic procedure, and now there are plenty of alternatives for altering the aging face.

Although most of these rejuvenating procedures are nonsurgical, they’re not inexpensive — especially when you factor in the need for repeat treatments.

Here is just a sample of some of the things that you can do — or get done — to give your face a more youthful appearance:

Sun protection. Protecting your face from the sun is the single best way of keeping it youthful. Much of the damage comes from the UVA part of the light spectrum, so you need to put on sunscreen that protects against it and UVB light, which causes sunburn. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea.

Creams and lotions. Moisturizers soothe dry skin and may temporarily make wrinkles less noticeable. Moisturizers for the face contain water to make them less greasy, and many have substances — glycerin, for example — that may help bind water to the skin. Exfoliant creams can improve the appearance of older skin by getting rid of dead skin cells that don’t slough off as readily as they did when we were young.

Several prescription creams (Avita, Avage, Renova, Retin-A) have been shown to reduce wrinkles and so-called liver spots caused by sun exposure. These FDA-approved creams contain retinoids, compounds related to vitamin A that seem to work by inducing collagen production in the dermis and altering melanin, the pigment that causes liver spots. There are several varieties of retinoids. Tazarotene and tretinoin are the ones used in the FDA-approved products.

Botulinum toxin injections. These injections are used to treat the expression lines of the forehead and between the brows. They work by partially immobilizing the muscles that form expression lines so the skin smoothes out, although some deep expression lines may not go away. Botox is the familiar brand name. Other FDA-approved botulinum toxins are Myobloc and Dysport.

Dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are used to treat lines created by lost collagen and fat. After botulinum toxin injections, dermal filler injections are the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Prime locations for the injections are two sets of parentheses: the pair of lines that extend down from the nose to the corners of the mouth, known as the nasolabial folds, and another pair that extends down from the corners of the mouth to the chin, known as marionette lines.

Many different materials are used as dermal filler. Collagen has fallen out of favor. Currently, the most popular one is hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar found naturally in many tissues. Hyaluronic acid is more expensive than collagen, but lasts longer — up to six months in the nasolabial folds. Like botulinum toxin injections, the effect of the dermal filler shots wears off after several months — how long depends on the injection site — but with repeat injections it seems to last a little longer.

Laser treatments. Lasers can be used to home in on certain pigments: brown, if the goal is to get rid of freckles and liver spots, red if the target is broken capillaries. They’re also used for wholesale resurfacing of facial skin. The uppermost layers are stripped away, and with them, wrinkles from sun damage and scars from acne. The energy from some “nonablative” resurfacing lasers passes through the outer layer of the skin to work at a deeper level, in the dermis, to stimulate inflammation, which leads to collagen formation.

Skin needs time to recover after most laser treatments. It can take a couple of weeks to heal, depending on the type and extent of the treatment. The nonablative treatments tend to heal a bit faster.

For more effective—and faster—results, consider a personalized consultation with Board-Certified Dr Daniel Durand MD. A personalized treatment plan, coupled with a quality anti-aging moisturizer that contains scientifically proven ingredients, may be your best bet for smoother, younger-looking skin.

 

By | 2019-01-27T10:10:12-05:00 January 27th, 2019|EN|0 Comments

The Top Aesthetic Skin Care Tips to Help You Get Ready for Valentine’s Day

The Top Aesthetic   Skin Care Tips to Help You Get Ready for Valentine’s Day

Still recovering from the holiday hustle and bustle? A new year is the perfect time to hit that reset button and focus on yourself for a bit. While you refresh your daily routine, it may also be a good time to finally get started on that aesthetic treatment you’ve been thinking about. The timing would be perfect with the next big occasion coming up on the calendar—Valentine’s Day! Whether you are celebrating it with a romantic dinner for two or a night out on the town with your friends, you’ll want to look your best and be ready for wherever the night might take you. Here are tips on how to best take care of your skin  in order to look your best.

 

You’re never too “old” or “wrinkled” to start an anti-aging skin care regimen. In fact, anti-aging skin care may be more important than ever once wrinkles appear or elasticity fades. With skin’s natural collagen production levels declining 1% annually starting around the age of 25, anti-aging skin care in our later years certainly won’t prevent every little wrinkle. It should, however, be approached as a way to help boost and support healthy cell renewal and prevent further damage. In other words, anti-aging skin care is all about treating skin to a little TLC at any age, even if skin hit its peak more than a decade ago.

Anti-Aging Tips for Your 40s

During our 40s, collagen and elastin levels continue to decline, and cell renewal is much slower. At this time, age spots, dry and uneven skin texture, and the cumulative effects of sun damage start to show. (Even if you managed to wear sunscreen daily, as you should, it isn’t a failsafe for lounging in the sun for hours on end.)

While we recommend easing yourself into a retinoid routine in your 30s, if you’re still sticking to a low-concentration, over-the-counter anti-aging retinol serum, now is the time to bump that up to a tretinoin serum. Contact a dermatologist to obtain a recommendation on what concentration and specific skin care product may be right for your skin.

While you’re there, consider outfitting your entire skin care routine with anti-aging boosters. These products offer a helping hand to support continued collagen production and improved cell renewal as skin’s ability to do so on its own naturally declines. To improve dry or uneven skin texture, opt for a chemical exfoliant, ideally one containing an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs improve the appearance of wrinkles and promote collagen production, while helping slough off dead skin cells and smoothening texture in preparation for restoring anti-aging creams. One important note is to reserve exfoliating for your evening anti-aging routine, as AHAs will increase skin’s photosensitivity. For an everyday cleanser, look for a creamy texture that’s gentle on skin for the mornings and follow it up with your retinoid serum, an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, then a higher SPF sunscreen for the day. With skin beginning to thin at this age, these steps will help to improve moisture and texture, while preventing further sun damage.

For an added boost in repairing skin texture or removing age spots, a customized series of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatments or radio frequency (RF) skin resurfacing treatments may do the trick. Photofacial treatments utilize IPL technology to target pigmentation in the skin and break up pockets of melanin for a more even tone. Skin resurfacing treatments, by comparison, are best for treating textural irregularities like scars or rosacea. Utilizing tiny pins, they deliver RF energy deep below the skin’s surface, creating tiny micro-dermal wounds while prompting skin’s natural healing cycle to smoothen and repair. Both treatments are also options for treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Tips for Your 50s and Beyond

In your 50s, deep wrinkles and a more dramatic loss of volume in the skin will become much more apparent. Menopause and skin’s natural aging cycle are to blame, as cell turnover slows way down, and skin’s natural structures begin to deteriorate. Rather than tossing your anti-aging toolkit and letting the wrinkles come, it’s time to focus in on damage prevention and collagen and elastin production support.

For damage prevention, wearing sunscreen every single day is not something to compromise. Every little bit of sunlight can cause visible damage to skin structures that will take even longer to heal (if they do at all) at this age, so bump up the SPF and never skip applying or reapplying it.

To add to the list, menopause can also wreak havoc on sebum production and cause adult acne breakouts as hormones fluctuate. Similar to when you were in your 20s, gentle treatments to reduce the appearance of current breakouts and prevent future ones are ideal. Opt for spot treatments or IPL acne treatments, rather than moisture-zapping acids in every step of your skin care routine. Pair these treatments with a creamy, gentle cleanser and a thicker moisturizer full of nourishing essentials and antioxidant powerhouses like niacinamide and vitamins B and E.

There are also plenty of non-invasive treatment options available. Fillers may help to temporarily restore lost volume, while customized wrinkle reduction treatments will help boost collagen and elastin levels. Powered by advanced radio frequency technology, these treatments generate heat deep below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production and kickstart the natural healing cycle, promoting cell renewal for smoother, younger-looking skin.

To learn more, and  for more effective—and faster—results, consider a personalized consultation with Board-Certified Dr Daniel Durand MD. A personalized treatment plan, coupled with a quality anti-aging moisturizer that contains scientifically proven ingredients, may be your best bet for smoother, younger-looking skin.

 

 

By | 2019-01-22T10:53:25-05:00 January 22nd, 2019|EN|0 Comments

7 Ways to Stay Active When It’s Cold Outside

7 Ways to Stay Active When It’s Cold Outside

It can be tempting to curl up under a blanket when it’s cold outside and sip on something warm, but going into a sort of hibernation mode could cause your workout routine to stall long-term. Rather than letting your workouts come to a grinding halt when the thermometer drops, consider these cold-weather workout tips that are sure to warm you up better than a fireplace and keep your workout goals on track all season long.

Join a Sports League

As the days get shorter, it can be difficult to get motivated once the sun sets (or even before it rises). A warm bed can be pretty inviting after all. If you’re finding it tough to get up and get active, consider making a commitment to someone else. For those who are motivated by their obligations to others, a local competitive sports or intramural league may be the best way to get active and stick with it. Most cities offer low-cost indoor sports leagues in the wintertime for sports such as dodgeball, squash, or badminton. Of course, ice hockey teams or snowshoeing, curling, or skiing clubs are also up and running during the colder months. Whatever your sport or activity of choice, signing up for a team or club will help you stick to it.

Shovel for the Neighbors

If a big snowfall drops, rather than curling up on the couch, consider heading outside with a shovel for a core strength and cardio workout. Shoveling walkways and driveways around your house will raise your core temperature while burning calories and getting the heart pumping. Further lengthen your workout and boost its effects by helping neighbors dig out their cars or offering to keep the public walkway in front of their home clear as well. Not only will your body thank you for the much-needed activity, but you’ll also be helping out others and giving yourself a feel-good boost. Just make sure to maintain proper form—bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Avoid hunching your shoulders over when pushing the shovel and turn your whole body in the direction you’re dumping the snow, as opposed to just twisting your torso. Also, if you can, switch between using your left and right arms to throw so that you get a more even workout.

Take on a Challenge

There are plenty of online workout and fitness challenges that you can use to motivate yourself. Whether it’s a plank a day or 30 days of yoga, there’s something for everyone. Try searching for fitness challenges in your favorite wellness magazines or ask your gym if they have any current or upcoming challenges you can join. Alternatively, if there’s a fitness goal you’ve been wanting to achieve, create your own 30-day challenge that helps you keep on track and work your way up to checking that goal off your list. (Having an actual list or calendar posted somewhere that you can check off every day will make it easier to stay accountable and follow through.) Your personal 30-day challenge could also just be to make time to fit in a few fitness moves while at work. Whatever the challenge, use the 30-day period to motivate you to get moving and the results to inspire you to stick with it after your challenge is over.

Do a Little Dance

For partners looking for ideas to get fit together this winter, dance classes may just fit the bill. High-energy styles like salsa or even more elegant styles like ballroom dancing will keep you moving, help you learn something new, offer some much-needed motivation, and keep it fun while you both work on hitting those workout goals. There are countless styles for partners or singles. Simply contact a local dance studio to see what options are available and get swinging this season.

Go Skating

A social skate during the colder months can double as a workout if you mix it up a little during your laps around the rink. Increase your pace for a couple laps here and there to get your heart pumping and try skating backwards to work out different muscle groups. This can also be a great idea to socialize with friends and family in a more active way than just eating and drinking around a table.

Warm Up Indoors

For those who still prefer a run outside over a session on the treadmill, you don’t have to suffer from chilly temperatures before your body gets warmed up enough mid-run. Instead, get more motivated to take that first step out into the cold by warming up inside. Try mixing jumping jacks, toe taps, lunges, and stretches to get your circulation going and your body warm before heading outdoors for your daily run.

Get a Little Extra Motivation

For more effective—and faster—results, consider a personalized consultation with Board-Certified Dr Daniel Durand MD. A personalized treatment plan, coupled with a quality anti-aging moisturizer that contains scientifically proven ingredients, may be your best bet for smoother, younger-looking skin.

 

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4 Anti-Ageing Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately !

Anti-Aging Myth #1: Good Genetics Mean Fewer Wrinkles

While there is some truth to the genetic angle, lifestyle factors play a more significant role in determining how quickly skin begins to show signs of aging. For example, a mother could just be developing fine lines in her 60s, but she has always worn sunscreen and followed a healthy diet for her whole life. Her daughter, on the other hand, enjoys more fast food, spends long days on the beach, and often forgets her sunscreen in the car. Regardless of her mother’s genetics, the daughter’s neglect for her skin health means she’s more likely to experience pigmentation, enlarged pores, and even adult acne with potential scarring—all factors that can make her appear older, much earlier.

 

Anti-Aging Myth #2: Prevent Wrinkles and Look Younger

We get the logic in this myth: wrinkles are associated with old age, so the more wrinkles one has—particularly deeper wrinkles—the older they appear. Again, there’s some truth here. But believing in this myth often means other signs of aging are overlooked. For example, did you know that Hollywood makeup artists paint brown spots on younger actors to instantly age them for the camera? A study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior found a strong link between perception of age and skin pigmentation. For this reason, your regular anti-aging skin care regimen shouldn’t target wrinkles alone; prevention of sun damage, pigmentation, and thinning skin should be factored in as well.

 

Anti-Aging Myth #3: Fine Lines Signal Unhealthy Skin

When all is said and done, all skin looks just as healthy under a microscope, whether from a wrinkled or smooth complexion. Fine lines and wrinkles are simply a sign that your skin is producing less collagen, a protein that keeps skin smooth and soft in our younger years. Boosting collagen levels can help to prevent changes to skin’s appearance and texture, but smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines won’t improve cases of adult acne or dry skin, for instance, as aging is not the root cause of these problems. Essentially, eliminating wrinkles may lead to younger-looking skin, but it won’t automatically make your skin healthier—which takes us to our next myth.

Anti-Aging Myth #4: Moisturizer is the Magic Key to Youth

Moisturizer helps to seal in the skin’s moisture and improve the strength of the skin’s lipid barrier, which is to say that it helps keep out bacteria, pollutants, and even UV light (provided that it contains broad spectrum sun protection). Having said that, department store anti-aging moisturizers, which the majority of consumers use, don’t often carry through with the anti-aging promises printed on their bottles. Dermatologists and medical aesthetic practitioners may be able to suggest a more potent anti-aging moisturizer that offers improved results. However, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty details, a moisturizer alone isn’t likely to cut it.

For more effective—and faster—results, consider a personalized consultation with Board-Certified Dr Daniel Durand MD. A personalized treatment plan, coupled with a quality anti-aging moisturizer that contains scientifically proven ingredients, may be your best bet for smoother, younger-looking skin.

 

By | 2018-12-03T14:36:08-05:00 December 3rd, 2018|EN|Comments Off on 4 Anti-Ageing Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately !

How to Manage Different Types of Body FAT and FEEL BETTER …

Why is it so tough to lose or even manage your weight? Weight gain, loss, and maintenance requires a complex balance between not just fat and muscle, but six different types of body fats. With calorie counting added to this long list, weight loss can be more than just a little daunting. Make your path to weight loss success a little simpler with this guide that’ll help you break down the basic facts to weight management based on fat types.

Did you know there are 6 types of Body fat?

 

What Are the Different Types of Body Fat?- and how can you manage your fat….

 

The six top types of body fat include essential fat, brown fat, white fat, beige fat, subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat. While there may be varying ways to approach the categorization of body fat, it’s easiest to consider what’s predominantly good and bad for your overall health. For the most part, a healthy balance between most of these fats should be the target.

1- Essential Fat

Good or bad? Very good

What is it? The most aptly named fat type, essential fat is required for good health. It plays a role in regulating body temperature, vitamin absorption, and the production of fertility hormones, among other essential roles. Essential fat isn’t highly visible, but is located throughout the body.

How do I manage it? Essential fat is “good” fat, meaning this isn’t the type you’ll target for weight loss. For females, 10-12% essential fat is the general range for good health, with 2-4% being the ideal range for men, according to the American Council on Exercise. Essential fat loss is generally the result of extreme and unhealthy exercising and dieting.

2- Brown Fat

Good or bad? Good

What is it? Brown fat burns energy and is primarily responsible for maintaining the body’s core temperature. Because brown fat isn’t a storage fat, it’s easy to burn, especially in cooler climates.

How do I manage it? You don’t really need to manage brown fat aside from maintaining essential fat levels to support healthy brown fat production.

3- White Fat

Good or bad? Kind of good, kind of bad

What is it? White fat is the body’s largest energy storage system. Due to its production of the hormone adiponectin, white fat is essential for insulin management to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance and, as a producer of leptin, it also helps to manage hunger. White fat also plays a role in managing growth hormones and cortisol. While white fat can be a good thing, too much of it becomes a bad thing. In greater levels, white fat can cause insulin resistance, raising the risk for weight gain and its accompanying health concerns.

How do I manage it? Stubborn excess fat on the thighs, hips, and abdomen are a key sign of higher white fat levels. Target training workouts that build muscle tissue, which burns more calories than fat, can help to reduce white fat levels in the body. Also, a study in the journal Cell suggests that paying closer attention to your body’s hunger cues (i.e. eating more consistently and stopping when you feel satisfied rather than uncomfortably full) can encourage the transition of white fat to brown fat.

4- Beige Fat

Good or bad? Good

What is it? Beige fat is created when the body is exposed to stress, leading to the “beiging” of white fat. While a high level of beige fat isn’t really a target goal, it’s definitely a step in the right direction to maintain healthy levels of good brown fat; it essentially allows for the transformation and burning of bad fat as thermal energy to maintain the body’s core temperature.

How do I manage it? Beige fat’s role in transforming white fat to useful thermal energy makes it a good target fat for weight loss. Exercise is considered a key stressor for transforming white fat to beige fat due to the production of the hormone irisin. The key here is stress, so aim for at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week and favor high-intensity interval training to increase irisin levels that prompt the “beiging” of white fat.

5- Subcutaneous Fat

Good or bad? Good and bad

What is it? Located just under the skin, subcutaneous fat accounts for approximately 90% of overall body fat percentage. Commonly accumulating as stubborn thigh fat in females or around the abdomen in males, subcutaneous fat is responsible for the sex hormone estrogen. Because estrogen plays a larger role in female fertility, females tend to have higher levels of subcutaneous fat. This fat type also acts as a cushion between muscle and skin tissue for protection and comfort.

How do I manage it? Subcutaneous fat is essential but too much, particularly around the abdomen, runs the risk of increased health complications. Because the body stores subcutaneous fat as a sort of emergency backup in case of starvation or caloric deprivation, this type of fat is the hardest to target. A reduction in calories consumed, a focus on improved nutrition to avoid refined carbs and processed foods, and regular high-intensity exercise can, over time, burn off excess subcutaneous fat. Alternatively, for more stubborn fat pockets, LIPOSUCTION body shaping treatments, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, may further help to reshape localized areas for quicker, more visible results.

6- Visceral Fat

Good or bad? Bad

What is it? Visceral fat is found in the abdominal area between organs. It accumulates and secretes retinol-binding protein 4, a known culprit in insulin resistance. Higher levels of visceral fat are also linked to an increased risk of colorectal and breast cancers, dementia, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Visceral fat levels generally increase with age. 

How do I manage it? One of the best ways to minimize visceral fat levels is to revamp your diet. Cut out processed foods and increase your intake of lean proteins (chicken, eggs, beans), unsaturated fatty foods (fish, nuts, avocados), whole grains, and fiber (beans, berries, oatmeal). Improving sleep hygiene will also offer fat-burning benefits, with seven to nine hours of sleep being the general target. Additionally, targeted abdominal strength-training exercises will increase caloric burn and help melt away visceral fat as compared to cardio.

For more information on how to manage your body’s fat  deposits, and to live a happier & healthier life, Dr Durand will be happy to evaluate your individual situation , and he will help you attain your goals!

 

Please call 514-941-5562 to book your personalized consultation

Dr Daniel Durand, MD, FACS,FRCSC , plastic surgeon

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5 Home Exercises for a Smoother Stomach

According to recent estimations, America’s obesity epidemic is growing with an overfat prevalence rate as high as 91% for adults and 69% for children. Overfat is an umbrella term that refers to those with excess body fat linked to at least one risk factor for impaired health.

While this risk may offer the motivation most individuals need to lose weight, many of us are just as concerned with the reflection we see in the mirror. To help target the ever-challenging abdominal area, we’ve created a simple five-step guide to a slimmer waistline for both men and women with one very important caveat: you can target and tone muscles through exercise, but you can’t target the underlying fat. Luckily, we’ve included a beauty secret to help you around that, too!

25-Minute At-Home Abdominal Workout

Plank a Day

A standard plank is a full-body workout basic that relies on proper form and your own body weight to strengthen core muscles. On an exercise mat, kneel face-down on your knees and elbows, keeping knees hip-width apart and elbows aligned directly under your shoulders. In one fluid motion, engage your core and push up to raise off your knees and on to your toes, keeping knees slightly bent to prevent locking and elbows still aligned under the shoulders. Keep your back straight and booty in alignment (use your core to prevent yourself from raising your bum too high or letting hips sink). Hold for 30 seconds, then lower back down to your knees. Aim to increase the amount of time in plank position for a greater burn or repeat in 30-second intervals.

Do the Medicine Ball Twist

Traditional sit-ups are often considered a core-toning classic, but did you know that they place nearly 750 pounds of pressure on the spine? With each sit-up, you’re risking lower back pain and the potential for a herniated disc. Instead, consider medicine ball twists for a bigger burn and less risk of back injury. Start by laying down flat on your back on an exercise mat with a medicine ball (try five pounds) held in your hands on your chest. Bend your knees, lift feet into the air, and lift your back off the mat to create a 45-degree angle between your torso and the floor. Keeping your core engaged, your back and neck straight and aligned, legs raised with knees bent and calves parallel to the floor, and the medicine ball aligned with your chest, keep yourself balanced while bringing the medicine ball down to your left side, twisting your core slightly to bring the medicine ball to your left hip. Return the medicine ball to center and repeat to the right side for one repetition. Complete two to three sets of 20 rapid repetitions, increasing weight as needed. Keep legs tight together throughout, not letting them kick out as you twist.

Skip a Hike for Mountain Climbers

A little tougher to start, mountain climber crosses will get your heart rate up while targeting your core for a belly-busting, high-intensity exercise. Mountain climbers are also recommended for strengthening the back and battling bra bulge. To start, pretend like you’re going to do a plank on your toes and hands (not knees and/or elbows this time), ensuring your back is straight, bum is down and aligned, and your core is engaged. While maintaining your plank, bring your right knee up across the chest toward your left hand, then return to your original plank position. Repeat on the opposite side, bringing your left knee across the chest toward your right hand. This is one repetition. Aim for 50 rapid repetitions—start slow and then build up speed, keeping motions controlled and proper form in mind.

Pump up the Jumps

Good for the glutes and a perky peach, squat jumps get your heart rate up while targeting the core for a caloric burn boost. Start by standing tall, feet shoulder-width apart, toes facing straight forward, knees straight but not locked, and arms resting by your sides. Keeping the back straight and core engaged, bend the knees and lower into a seated position, keeping your knees in line with your ankles. Jump straight up, lifting arms forward and up to propel higher. Land by returning to squatting position, knees aligned with ankles, core still engaged, and arms back at your sides. That’s one repetition. Complete two sets of 12 repetitions and increase the number of repetitions as your form and strength improve.

Roll It Out

Grab an exercise ball and tag this workout move onto the end of your ab-training session to reallyincrease the burn. Standing ab rollouts target the core, increasing strength while improving balance. Begin with a properly sized exercise ball for your height. Stand with legs about shoulder-width apart or slightly wider, bend at the hips, and place the ball on the floor with your hands on top of it, palms down. Hips should be aligned with ankles and your back should be straight; walk the ball out a bit from your body as needed to maintain this alignment. Next, lean forward onto the ball, allowing it to slowly roll along your forearms and stopping at the elbows. You should be balancing on your toes at this point. Using your abdominals and glutes, pull your body backwards, allowing the ball to roll back up your forearms and to your palms, returning to your starting position. That’s one repetition. Repeat at least five times, take a short rest, and repeat another five times. Focus on form and control to begin, increasing repetitions as you get stronger. If you don’t have an exercise ball, you can use an ab roller, but know that the intensity will be greater.

How to Get More Out of Your Workouts

Cutting calories, boosting your caloric burn, and toning muscles with targeted exercises like these can certainly help to shape areas of the body, but if you’re not seeing the results you want from your workouts, there are a couple of options. Opt to make some changes to your usual exercise routine to get more out of your gym time, or consider getting a little outside help by consulting your friendly, neighborhood Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Daniel Durand MD, FACS, FRCSC at 514-941-5562

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