Posts for category: Aging of the Skin
Dermatologist Upper East Side New York, NY
Dr. Clark specializes in natural, gentle treatments for facial rejuvenation.
Get ready for the holiday with:
- A Megapeel microdermabrasion to freshen the skin
- Aluma to tighten the skin around the mouth or eyes, on the face or neck, abdomen or arms
- CoolTouch laser to treat acne, acne scars, oily skin, large pores or wrinkles
- CoolSculpting to reduce localized areas of fat, permanently and noninvasively, via slow chilling of fat cells
- Gentlelase Laser Hair Removal to remove excess hair permanently in 3-6 treatments, or to eliminate brown spots or blood vesseks
- Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport to soften lines of face, neck or chest
- Fillers including Restylane and Perlane,, Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero, and Sculptra to enhance the natural and beautiful contours of the face and smooth wrinkles and furrows
Respond to this blog by booking before the New Year and receive a free MegaPeel (microdermabrasion) to freshen the skin of the face and reduce brown spots, or an antiaging moisturizer, with any other cosmetic treatment.
Our Holiday gift to you!
Experts in aging have identified markers that tell us how quickly an individual is aging. These markers can be identified by blood testing and other measures, including measuring the eye's ability to pick out very lightly shaded images on white backgrounds, called conrast sensititvity, and how many times one can step up onto a low platform in 16 seconds. In a study published in January in Molecular Cell, Dr. Kang Zhang, founding director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at UC San Diego, scientists discovered a pattern 0of epigenetic markers on DNA molecules that predictably change wih age. Taken collectivly, these tags spell out a "signature for age" that is not dependent on disease or ethnic background.
Using these markers, men were found to age on average 4 % faster than women.
Aging-rate tests may someday be standard in annual physicals.
the research was described in the New york Times on July 23, 2013, page D3. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/health/meaningful-markers-of-aging.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
Finally, a four and a half year study of 900 Caucasians aged 25 to 55 in Australia proves that daily sunscreen use prevents aging of the skin. For those of us who see patients every day, this was no surprise, as dermatologists are familiar with the ravages of chronic UV exposure on the quality of the skin. And, we have seen case reports of dramatically different appearances of the facial skin in twins raised with or without chronic sun exposure over their lifetimes. But it will be good to be able to tell our patients now that there is proof that wearing sunscreen every day will not only decrease the risk of skin cancer, but also the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging.
The study was publshed today in The Annals of Internal Medicine http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1691732, and was covered in the New York Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/slathering-on-sunscreen-shows-results-researchers-find/.
Evidence presented at the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, South Korea this summer indicates that an important cause of extrinsic skin aging is chronic exposure to soot and other airborne particulates from car exhaust fumes. There is a strong link between living near a busy highway and increased skin wrinkling and brown spots. Smog now joins ultraviolet radiation from the sun and smoking as the third major modifiable factor causing aging of the skin.
The study followed 5000 German women for 20 years, from heavily industrialized areas of Germany as well as from areas of low levels of pollution. These particulates were also related to cognitive decline in the elderly, lung disease, diabetes, and even eczema. Once these particulates get into the lung, they can move into the systemic circulation and exert inflammatory effects in other organs such as the brain and pancreas.
Other than avoiding such exposures whenever possible, one can reduce the effects of particulate exposures by eating a diet high in antioxidants and apply potent antioxidants to the skin. In my office, we recommend Citrex C, which contain 10 to 15 % Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a low pH, and Replenix with 90 % green tea polyphenols. These prevent the deleterious effects of airborne pollutants as well as sunlight, while still allowing Vitamin D production.
Ask me or my staff about this unique method of protecting your skin. We would be happy to discuss it with you.