Whether it’s the geographic location of South Florida or the culture, you are more apt to see striking women and men on the deck of a yacht in the harbor, at the hot new restaurant in Boca Raton, or shopping with friends.
It’s not magic; it’s medical. At LifeGAINES, we have built a practice from helping people retain their youthful looks and sometimes improving on them as well as their health and vitality. From sex to skin to psychology, there is no aspect of aging and health we don’t touch.
We have tools and techniques for holding the years in abeyance. It involves regular maintenance and starts at an early age. From the time an individual embarks on his or her adult life, they should have regular check-ups with the doctor. This ensures that both patient and doctor have a baseline knowledge of the patient’s condition and progress and that any problems can be arrested before they become serious.
The Place To Start Is With Hormones
Hormones are fat-soluble compounds produced by the endocrine glands (ovaries in women and testes in men). Males and females both produce estrogens and progesterone (the so-called female hormones) and androgens (male hormones), but the ratio affects many aspects of health and physiology.
Hormonal balance is key. For instance, when we are young, our mating instincts predominate and the production of sex hormones is high. This accounts for the fertility of young females and the randiness of young males. As we age, production declines.
Hormone levels are also associated with the following issues:
- thyroid function
- peri-menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms
- polycystic ovary disease
Patients who are feeling a bit off may consider a hormonal assessment. We do this by testing saliva, urine or blood. Depending on the results, we may recommend stress reduction, a fitness program or nutritional counseling (did you know that your choice of vegetables can affect estrogen metabolism?). Hormonal assessments can be included with a comprehensive blood panel to measure the following values, among others:
- CBC (complete blood count)
- testosterone, free & total
- PSA (for prostate)
- insulin growth factors & binding protein
- LH (luteinizing hormone)
This tells us what is going on inside. At the same time, we address the exterior the visible you.
Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep
When we see a beautiful man or woman sauntering down the avenue, our first instinct is to guess his or her age. How can we tell? The old saw: It is obvious from the throat or the back of the hands.
Our mission is to make it impossible for anyone to guess your age. As with hormonal monitoring, regular maintenance is the key. Gone are the days when a person reached middle age and then suddenly appeared in public after weeks of vacation with a new face. The contemporary approach is much more subtle, more gradual.
We start as soon as a person notices fine lines on his or her face, hands or throat. There are myriad tools available dermal fillers, microneedling, hyaluronic acid injections, laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion . . . .
For instance, take dermal fillers. This is a gel, approved by the FDA, that is injected into specified areas of the face to plump up cheeks and smooth out those laugh or frown line before they drag the face down.
Another well-tested treatment for tightening facial and neck skin is performed with a laser or radio-frequency technology.
This is a non-surgical method of lifting the tissues on the face and neckline. It is a process, not a product, stimulating the body’s own production of collagen in underlying layers of skin. The result is tighter, firmer, younger skin the kind you don’t mind showing off with a low-cut dress or bathing suit.
And what about those hands? We always remember Grandmas gnarled, spotted fingers. As dear as they were, we’d rather not have others remember us this way.
Keep Age at Bay
Even sun-lovers who spend hours on the yacht or on the deck, soaking up a tan, can recover the look of youthful hands. We have an entire arsenal of weapons against ancient hands, including dermal fillers, chemical peels, pulsed light therapy, plasma injections, and microdermabrasion.
Ask the doctor which is best for your situation.
The point is: There is no such thing as absolute age anymore. You are as young as you look and feel.