We all age over time, therefore aging is unavoidable and we all are exposed to a continuous skin and health changing. Fortunately, pioneers in the study of aging are making great progress every day that may not only extend our lives, but improve the quality too by extending the healthy years of our lifespan.
Doctor Pascale Abou Sleiman specialized in Internal Medicine, Board certified in Aesthetic Medicine, will explain, how and why “Aging” is it only a question of beauty and skin changes.
Dr. Pascale from your point of view, is “aging” only a question of beauty and skin change?
500 years ago, the first text on ageing in the world appeared published by Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences.
What is aging?
Aging is a continuous, complex and dynamic process that begins with birth and ends with death.
And unless we die in our early years, each of us will grow old and experience the effects of the aging process.
The rate at which people age varies widely. Hallmarks of aging occur much faster in some individuals than others.
What changes occur with aging?
As we age, our body’s organs and other systems make changes. These changes alter our susceptibility to various diseases. Researchers are just beginning to understand the processes that cause changes over time in our body systems. Understanding these processes is important because many of the effects of aging are first noticed in our body systems.
In fact as we are aging we will witness a decline in all our organs: the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the brain, the libido, the immune system as much as our senses, our arteries become stiff and we loose from our muscle and bone mass…
Are there any laboratory tests for aging?
Of course, Anti-aging laboratory medicine is becoming much more standardized.
There are laboratory facilities all over the globe that offer tests, protocols and recommendations.
Can science turn back the clock?
In fact scientists started to talk about aging as being a disease and their studies are actually concentrated on the idea of finding medicines to treat aging and through treating aging we will be treating all the diseases, this could be the future strategy.
How can we explain the aging process?
Growing old is a natural process. How we age depends on our genes, our psychological condition and our lifestyle.
What does Anti-aging medicine address?
Genetic control of aging
A nutritional plan and supplementation,
Assessing and monitoring the biomarkers associated with aging.
What does a comprehensive Anti-aging program include?
First of all, we should know that in order to succeed an anti-aging program we should have a multidisciplinary approach based on:
• Consultation with an anti-aging physician
• Nutritional Assessment and Counseling
• Complete Medical Examination
• Complete laboratory testing
• Specialty Evaluations including: body-fat analysis, lung-function test, hearing and vision tests, and others as needed
• Vitamin/Supplements, amino acid and anti-oxidant evaluation if desired
• Consultation with Personal Fitness Trainer
Why a consultation with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
Because studies showed that” Exercise” is the best anti-aging treatment, also physical fitness turned to be an excellent predictor of life expectancy and quality of life .
So” stop aging! Start training!”
What else could be done to modify the causes of aging?
These can be modified through your behaviors by changing your nutrition and eating foods loaded with antioxidants, you can minimize the damage caused by free radicals: varied, rich diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and low in carbohydrates and fat is likely to make you live longer.
You can also act on your risk factors by Not smoking, having a moderate alcohol intake, a healthy body mass index (BMI) (18.5-29.9 kg/m2) . These measures will lower your rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality
Another important factor is Practicing “mental fitness” which
will keep your brain sharp.
Also studies demonstrated that “Positive thinking” extends life in people by up to 7.5 years.
So the choice is yours…
What changes in physical appearance can I expect with aging?
After the age of 30 we start to notice skin changes.
Why After 30 we start to notice skin changes?
- The aging process by itself
- Hereditary factors
- Environmental factors ( sun exposure, pollution, etc.)
- Modern lifestyle
In fact changes in physical appearance especially skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging but the process of aging is much more complicated extending to every body system.
The advance in the Aesthetic Medicine field today is an example and a hope that opens a new horizon for a healthier and longer life.
Skin Aging Process is it Treatable?
Nowadays this process of aging (wrinkles, sagging, cheeks hollows etc.) can be reversed naturally through Aesthetic Medicine techniques by using an individualized Facial Rejuvenation Program. Usually the best results can be achieved by a combination of many techniques ,which are considered as a treatment for the skin , such as: Botox , Dermal Fillers , Mesotherapy, Peeling, Microneedeling, Microdermabrasion, Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP , the growth factors found in the medium of the Stem cells, Oral and local treatment and creams, machines intervention(RF, carboxytherapy ,lasers etc.), and Hair transplantation when it’s needed…
Do you follow any specific plan and are there specific techniques?
Of course, it is a must to examine face morphology, proportions and aging stage: just by inspecting the face we can do a kind of “Facial analysis”, and classify the patient based on international scales.
We should also take into consideration the ethnic background, and the personal demand.
The evaluation consists on a global approach englobing the skin, the muscles, the focus points but also volume changes and sagging.
About techniques, there are multiple techniques of injection in different plans and we should know which product and thickness to use in different areas always respecting the harmony , the anatomy and the proportions where we come back to Leonardo Da Vinci who 500 years ago illustrated the concept of divine proportion.
Mathematically, the face is a triangle which is inverted with aging and we aim to revert it again to regain a natural youthful appearance, it is a whole process of sculpting. In reality it is an art as much as it is a science where we should treat all the factors and signs of skin aging, treat gravitational effects and volume changes.
The treatment don’t focus only on the face but concerns also the neck, chest, and hands in addition to scars treatment which is possible.
Is it possible to combine a long life with the absence of age-related diseases?
Finally Aging is the single greatest challenge facing our society today. Recent breakthroughs have demonstrated that it is possible to combine a long life with the absence of age-related diseases so” You may enjoy health that shows…age that doesn’t
By the end, although we all agree with Gibran Khalil Gibran that “ Beauty is not in the face, Beauty is a light in the heart”, I would like to mention the French writer Jean Cocteau who said:
“A default of the soul cannot be corrected on a face, but a default of the face, if corrected, can correct a soul…
Everybody deserves to feel beautiful and in harmony with himself, love and goodness starts with self-care, if we love our image and we are in peace with ourselves we will radiate love and we can give unconditionally…