Stop The First Signs of Aging

As early as your mid- to late-20s and into your 30s, you may start to notice the very first signs of aging, which are usually subtle but still bothersome. What was once a smooth complexion may now be home to small sunspots, crow’s-feet, dark under-eye circles and uneven texture. Instead of letting the signs of aging get the best of you, take matters into your own hands and correct the changes that you’re seeing—you may even be able to prevent them from progressing as you get older with the proper plan of attack.

Crow’s-Feet
These small fine lines are easy to prevent and even easier to correct. Regular use of a highly moisturizing eye cream helps keep the delicate eye area supple and less prone to lines and wrinkles. To reduce their appearance and prevent new ones from forming, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can inject the area with Botox or Dysport.

Under-Eye Bags, Darkness and Puffiness
With age, the area under the eyes becomes dark and puffy. Makeup can help camouflage bags and circles, but injectables and proper skin care can reverse them. Hyaluronic acid fillers can fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags. You’ll also want to use Retin-A and a product with growth factors to thicken thinning skin around the eyes. Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or fractional CO2 lasers can also help tighten the under-eye area.

Hyperpigmentation
Discolored skin can result from a variety of factors. Protecting your skin from the sun is important, but in-office procedures and prescription-strength ingredients can make a difference, too. When treating sun spots, the first line of defense is almost always hydroquinone, which stops the production of pigment in its tracks. If your skin is still discolored, your doctor may choose to use a light laser, like IPL, or a fractional laser for more severe spots.

Nasolabial Folds
If you’re starting to notice lines around your mouth that start at the corner of your nose and extend downwards, those are nasolabial folds, which, if not addressed, may worsen with time. Hylauronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane are best for filling in these lines, especially among women in their late 20s and early 30s. The next best thing to injectables that doesn’t necessitate the use of a needle is a topical product that claims to add volume.

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Margaret Larson,ARNP
With popularity of tanning among women I have have an increase in Botox, filler and sun spot fading treatments.
Posted April 02, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
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Dr. Davis Nguyen
Facial Plastic Surgeon - Beverly Hills, CA
I see great results in my practice treating areas like the tear troughs and nasolabial folds with hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Patients love the fact that the results are instant and relatively long-lasting (usually 7-8 months and even longer with repeated treatment.) Injectable muscle relaxants like Botox and Dysport are a staple to treat existing, or emerging, crow’s feet as well as vertical and horizontal lines in the brow; Younger patients often seek preventative treatments to keep facial wrinkles and folds from becoming severe. In addition to facelift surgery, my most commonly sought after procedure by patients of all ages is fractional Co2 laser resurfacing. Safe and effective for a broad range of skin types, ablative laser resurfacing improves the tone, texture, and color of the skin. It reduces the appearance fine lines and wrinkles, combats hyper-pigmentation, and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin. The above mentioned minimally-invasive treatments, along with diet, exercise and a good skincare regimen, will all help to stem the tide of aging.
Posted March 27, 2014 4:53 PM EDT
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Dr. Gene Rubinstein, Studio City, CA
My philosophy for anti-aging is prevention and catching and reversing the signs of aging early. This article form NewBeauty has a nice review of treatments we offer our patients.
Posted March 27, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
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Dr. Gene Rubinstein, Studio City, CA
My philosophy for anti-aging is prevention and catching and reversing the signs of aging early. This article form NewBeauty has a nice review of treatments we offer our patients.
Posted March 27, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
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Stephdlewis
Tazorac & hydroquinone are great for anti-aging.
Posted October 24, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
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Theresa
Veronica, I am also a long term RetinA user. What strength do you use and how often do you use it? Theresa
Posted October 04, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
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shannon
what are the best drugstore products? Roc wrinkle cream with retin A? and a moisturizer,rich in hylaranic acid?
Posted October 04, 2013 6:51 AM EDT
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Veronica Schwartz
Licensed Aesthetician - Malibu, CA
I think hyperpigmentation is the most aging. Genetics and lifestyle plays a big part of how you age. Taking care of your skin at a young age is half the battle and teaching your children about proper sun protection should start as soon as they learn how to brush their teeth. But, it's never too late to start. Having a good skin care routine, diet, exercise and sleep will help you age gracefully. Retin-A is still my favorite anti-aging product. I'm 64 and it's helped my skin stay clear and smooth. I've been using it since my 20's, along with antioxidants. If you choose to do injections or lasers, make sure you find a doctor that you feel comfortable with and is an expert at what they do. NewBeauty has some of the best listed in their magazine. Embracing your age and feeling comfortable in your skin will make you more beautiful.
Posted November 28, 2012 3:10 PM EST
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JK
Can Jagatx tell us what products you would recommend to avoid invasive procedures? Thanks
Posted November 27, 2012 11:20 AM EST
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jagatx
Rather than any of these harsh methods, I prefer the results I get with my products that use the science of epigenetics to reset the youthful genes in my dermal layer back to a younger setting. The products are all gentle, and I've had fantastic results. I will never have to have botox or do another IPL - which I hated, hurt so bad - again.
Posted November 26, 2012 7:00 PM EST
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Lmg
You suggest that crow's feet are "easy" to remedy, but I have found the opposite! If it were as simple as moisturizing I wouldn't have a problem, but I do have a problem and I moisturize every day. I don't see how botox can make the fine lines under my eyes go away... I think lasers are the only viable option for getting rid of them. Also, some people have hollow upper lids. I'd like to see New Beauty bring attention to this problem. There are only a handful of doctors who are good at doing fat transfer to upper eyelid hollows. One is Meronk, but his snide/rude staff made me stop pursuing him as an option. And, only a very few will do hyaluronic acid to fill upper eyelid hollows. Upper eyelid hollowness is a tricky problem because it can be as a result of age or genetics. If it's due to age, REMOVAL of other excess tissue is sometimes the best option. If upper eyelid hollowness is due to genetics, most often filling the area is best. The bridge of the nose, of course, should always be considered when trying to get the right aesthetic with eye procedures. That's all I got...
Posted November 26, 2012 5:34 PM EST
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Claudio Pinto
Those are great in office procedures and all very effective, but you will not be satisfied or get the best results if you are not using proper skincare regimen to maintain those results achieved in the office. For example hyperpigmentation will come back the moment its exposed to light. Think of it this way, you want to maintain the results you have achieved just like you want to maintain your car in great shape. Retin-a is the # 1 prescription anti-aging treatment for a reason - It will address many different conditions of the skin and especially maintain the healthy glowing skin that we all want. Proper SPF is a must - Protect against pollution and the other environmental factors that cause pre-mature aging and free radical damage. Invest in a very good eye cream, Botox and Dysport is great but we want to maintain the quality of the skin and keep those in office procedures lasting a long time. The more you do at home the less work and less expensive will your visit to the office be!
Posted November 21, 2012 9:57 AM EST
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