Skincare: Is it Possible to Turn Back the Clock?

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On March 31, 2015, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine posted a report online that details the latest scientific thinking on the impact of diet and exercise on the appearance of aging. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Medical Corporation comments on the report and offers information on the latest advances in aesthetic medicine.

Dr. Simon Ourian performs Celebrity Facelift on Good Day L.A.

On March 31, 2015, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, in an article titled “How to Age Backward,” offers several lifestyle changes that will reportedly reverse the effects of aging. Central to these discussions are telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that serve to protect one’s DNA from damage. Shorter telomeres are associated with chronic diseases and may also make one look older. As one ages telomere’s naturally shorten, and the article makes several recommendations that may prevent telomere shortening and even lengthen existing ones. Also cited in the article, fractional laser resurfacing and ultrasound/radio frequency procedures are two of the latest aesthetic treatments that can reverse the signs of aging by promoting collagen growth. (http://goo.gl/yjaaEg)

“The research cited in the article is very interesting," says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “It’s important to note that there’s still a vast gap in our understanding of how telomeres function. Some scientists believe there’s a connection between higher cancer risks and telomerase activity.”

According to the Harper’s Bazaar Magazine report, the Mediterranean diet, one rich in vegetables, fruits, fish and olive oil, may contribute to telomere lengthening. Sugary sodas are specifically named as a source of telomere shortening, with daily consumption of 20 ounces associated with a biological aging comparable to that of smoking. TA-65, an over-the-counter supplement derived from astragalus root extract, is said to counteract telomere shortening. Finally, regular endurance training such as biking or running contributes to younger looking skin according to a Canadian university study.

“The treatments we offer work best when combined with the right lifestyle; a healthy diet, regular exercise, and, of course, no unprotected sun exposure,” says Dr. Ourian.

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including UltraShape, VelaShape, Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and CoolSculpting. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, unwanted fat, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about skin care can be found on Epione’s website.

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