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Compass B e au t y
With age comes wisdom, and some undesired consequences to our skin. It loses its luster, may start to sag,
and lines and wrinkles will inevitably start to develop. These changes depend on genetics, sun exposure,
smoking history, health status and other considerations.
T E X T BY D R . J O H N J . M A R T I N , M D
1. Aging skin: Everyone’s skin will age,
but there are many things we can do to
help with the aging process. Two of the
worst skin-aging culprits are smoking and the
sun. Sun protection should start as toddlers
and smoking should be strictly avoided.
2. Skin cancer: In the U.S., nearly
5 million people will be treated
for skin cancer each year, and 1
in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in
their lifetime. About 75,000 people will
be diagnosed with melanoma each year; it
accounts for >2% of skin cancer cases, but the
vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
3. Neurotoxins: Neurotoxins like
Botox and Dsyport help soften dynamic
wrinkles — the ones you see when your
face moves. Injecting neurotoxins into an area
such as the crow’s feet or glabella weakens the
muscles, making them unable to completely
contract. This results in a softening of lines.
4. Fillers: To help plump up the skin and
soften the appearance of static facial
wrinkles — those pesky lines that are
present when your face is at rest — fillers are
a great option that can add overall volume to
the face. They can also be put directly under a
wrinkle to smooth it out.
5. Lasers: Intense Pulsed Light
treatments can help to eliminate
pigment spots and small vessels on
the face. The fractionated lasers, such as CO2
and erbium create heat in the skin to stimulate
new collagen growth, leading to smoothed-
out lines. Radio frequency and Ultrasound
treatments can also be done to help improve
6. Skincare: There are many great
options for skincare to keep your
skin looking good. The key to
topical skin rejuvenation is to use some sort
of retinol product. Retinol exfoliates the
skin and also stimulates the production of
new collagen. It also helps to control acne
breakouts and, with regular use of a good
skin care regimen. can keep the skin looking
young and fresh.
7. Surgery: At a certain age, patients
may benefit from surgery to help
tighten the skin. The skin around the
eyelids is the thinnest on the body, so this
is where lines and wrinkles will appear first.
About 250,000 eyelid surgeries are done
each year to help improve the appearance of
the skin in this area.
8. Diet: A well-balanced diet should
help to keep your skin looking good
for as long as possible. It should
include fruits and vegetables, which provide
many antioxidants for the skin. The omega-
3s found in a variety of fish, such as salmon,
have also been found to be exceptionally
good for the skin.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial & neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-
surgical treatments for vascular and pigment problems. He received his medical degree at Harvard
Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy Of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery;