So you’re flirting with the ripe age of fifty? The big 5-O! We like to think of it as a time to reflect and make positive choices, a time when we aren’t afraid to speak our mind!
Maybe you’ve had all of your children, a thriving career or perhaps you are just now deciding the direction you’d like to take in life. Of course there’s no denying the pesky hormonal fluctuations, however with so many holistic and medical advances, there’s no reason to be afraid of that milestone.
3 Surgeons; 3 Different Approaches
We wanted to find out how three of our successful board certified Plastic Surgery Channel Surgeons feel about 50, how they plan for the future and what information they offer to their patients so they can be comforted, rather than anxious when approaching mid-life.
Healthy Eating, Exercise and Water!
Dr. Camille Cash of Houston shares her secrets to longevity. “Things are starting to change, the critical thing for patients to understand is that it’s not just genetics, it’s also how you treat your body. They complain about their midsection, but there are things we can do to reverse it.”
Drink water – 8 glasses a day
Sleep at night – 8 hours is ideal
Exercise – Pilates or strength training 15 minutes a day; don’t be afraid of weights and resistance training
On a personal note, her philosophy is to maintain the busy lifestyle while closely watching her diet. She increases her water intake to stay hydrated and avoids sugar. “Sugar is the number one addiction in this country, people just don’t understand it is more addicting than heroin.” Sugar is a topic she feels passionate about and educates her patients about the effects it can have on our skin.
While sugar is in almost every food we eat, it’s best to avoid the extra sugar. Cash explains that in her opinion, anything in a bag or box is not healthy. So we asked, what is healthy? “Fruits and vegetables, eating natural and consuming fewer processed foods. She suggests avoiding ingredients we can’t pronounce.
“It’s okay to splurge, but it can’t be an everyday thing. When you eat better, you feel it. We fight the aging process by taking care of our bodies.”
Collagen loss happens quickly in our 30’s, but it can be restored and maintained. Dr. Tiffany McCormack of McCormack Plastic Surgery in Reno uses Sculptra and Ultherapy to plump up the faces of her female patients. Meantime, Botox is used to keep the dynamic lines from becoming permanent and noticeable. “It’s truly a great way to prevent deep, deep lines.”
McCormack tells her patients to stay hydrated with plenty of water, use sunblock, retinoic acid and a good antioxidant. She suggests trying Vitamin C serums from skincare lines Skinceuticals and ZO.
Fraxel for the Face, Neck, Arms and Chest
“It’s all about maintenance, I use Fraxel annually to boost my collagen and remove brown spots from the bright southern sun,“ shares Dr. Holly Wall with the Wall Center for Plastic Surgery.
At the Wall Center, we explain to our patients there may be a little downtime when used on the face, so you may want to have the procedure Friday, and by Monday the redness and swelling will have dissipated.
“The improvement Fraxel provides on the face, neck and arms is amazing and easily makes your skin appear five years younger.”
Fraxel is a light therapy which makes the collagen grow, plumping the skin to erase fine lines, even wrinkles.
All three doctors are unanimous when it comes to maintaining a positive outlook, and keeping it simple while enjoying a healthy lifestyle. So live a little, and flirt with fifty!