Body Issues: signs of aging
Learn about treatments for signs of body aging in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair’.
The aging process of the collagen and elastic fibers causes the skin’s dermis (the middle layer) to become looser and less structured. This allows for more fat cells to protrude into the dermis area, accentuating the appearance of cellulite. Learn more about cellulite on page 34, ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.
Fatty pockets and lumps
Sometimes localized ‘fat pockets’ form on your stomach, hips, thighs or bottom, showing up as lumps and bumps. It’s common to want to get rid of them through spot reduction. Although it’s not possible to target weight loss toward specific fat pockets, you can minimize their appearance by losing weight all over. The combination of exercise and a reduced-calorie diet can help you achieve this.
Over time, our skin loses elasticity. Women’s breasts may sag and droop. To learn more, visit the section on cosmetic surgery under ‘Bodysculpt Therapy,’ page 66 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.
Urinary incontinence can affect both males and females. While it is not strictly a cosmetic issue we are including it here because it can be a distressing problem. In the past it could only be addressed with surgery. Urinary incontinence can now be treated with non-invasive laser techniques. The laser used is an Erbium Yag 2940nm, which tightens and lifts the pelvic floor. This laser has been widely employed for facial skin resurfacing and has been shown to be safe and effective.
Wrinkled knees and elbows
Lax skin around the joints creates wrinkles. Dry, flaky patches may also appear. Soothe dry skin with moisturizer containing ammonium lactate or urea—both of these help moisture penetrate the skin. Exfoliate affected areas with a gentle scrub, polish or brush. Learn more about these skin treatments in the companion volume Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin.
There is a surgical procedure called a ‘knee lift’; there is also a non-invasive ‘knee lift’ procedure using a combination of infrared light, vacuum and radio frequency. Learn more by reading the section on Knee Lift, page 78.
If dry, saggy elbows are your concern, consider skin-tightening injections.
Varicose and spider veins
As people age, unsightly veins may show through the skin–usually on the face or the legs. There is more information about therapies for varicose and spider veins in Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin.
Brownish marks such as ‘liver spots’ start to appear on our skin as we grow older. Many of these discolored patches are caused by sun damage. Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are two of the many possible treatment solutions. Photodynamic therapy, too, can both fade age spots and stimulate collagen production. Keep hands and face well-hydrated.
Always apply sunscreen when heading outdoors – especially on the face, neck and backs of the hands, to prevent further sun damage.
Learn more about therapies for skin discoloration in the section on ‘Skin Pigmentation’ in Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin.
Snoring can be thought of as a cosmetic issue because it deprives people of sleep – and a good night’s sleep is essential to our well-being and appearance!
In studies, ‘The faces of sleep deprived individuals were perceived as having more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth… In addition, sleep-deprived individuals looked sadder than after normal sleep, and sadness was related to looking fatigued.’
According to a study published by the doctors at Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois on May 21, 2014: ‘Sleep affects beauty. For quite some time, science has measured that “deep, tired look” of patients who suffer with sleep disturbances. Studies show that patients who resolve their sleep issues often enjoy scientifically-measured improvements in their facial skin. Less redness and forehead puffiness are just two of the noticeable and measurable improvements that can result with improved sleep. In addition, observers who viewed photos of sleep apnea patients after successful treatment often cited these patients as being more attractive, youthful and alert.’
Erbium lasers can provide non-invasive, safe and effective relief from snoring. Some brand names of laser snoring therapies include SleepTight® and NightLase™
Low Level Laser Therapy, also called red light therapy, cold laser, soft laser, biostimulation and photobiomodulation, can be useful in treating hair loss. Learn more in the section on baldness, page 51 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.