Just about everyone wishes that they could look and feel younger. Many men and women accept that aging is a natural and unavoidable part of life, and believe that how well we age is largely determined by our genes, but this may not be entirely true. Several studies have suggested that genetics only account for approximately 20 to 30 percent of an individual’s longevity, and that other factors like lifestyle choices and environmental influences can actually play much larger roles in determining not only how long one will live, but also how well one ages. There are a number of different cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures that can help alleviate many of the traditional signs of facial aging, but there are also a few simple guidelines that you can follow to help keep your face looking young and vital for many years to come.
Avoid the Sun
Ultraviolet light from the sun accelerates destruction of the collagen fibers responsible for keeping the skin flexible and elastic, contributing to the formation of wrinkles. Moreover, acceleration of the skin’s oxidation process increases abnormal cell division, which is why exposure to solar radiation also increases the risk of malignant and pre-malignant skin lesions. Prolonged sun exposure can also damage the sebaceous glands, leading to overly dry and sensitive skin.
Studies have found that the levels vitamin C, a key component in the production of collagen fibers, are on average up to 60% lower in the blood of smokers than in the blood of those who do not smoke. This is believed to be one of the major reasons why smoking typically causes the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in areas where the skin is very thin, like around the eyes and above the upper lip.
A diet with too many simple sugars and sweets can cause the connective tissue of the skin to become rigid and lose its elasticity. Conversely, complex proteins are vital to the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibers, all of which are necessary in order for the skin to appear fresh and vital. Antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables can also help to partially neutralize the oxidative damage associated with prolonged exposure to the sun.
Get Enough Sleep
During the deepest stages of sleep is actually one of the only times that the adult pituitary gland secretes growth hormone, which plays a major role in maintaining and renewing the various body tissues, including the skin. Prolonged lack of sleep clearly accelerates the signs of facial aging in the face and can potentially cause a variety of related health issues.
Even if you have not taken care of your skin for many years, there is no reason to fret. Many of the traditional signs of facial aging can be alleviated in a variety of ways, ranging from minimally-invasive injectable facial rejuvenation treatments like Botox® and Juvéderm® to more extensive facial plastic surgery procedures like brow, neck, and facelifts. If you are interested in learning more about how the facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform may be able to help you, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.