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5 Anti-Aging Myths Debunked

by Marisa Amorasak

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People will go to great lengths to stay ahead of the geriatric curve. Medical advancements in the form of Botox, liposuction, facelifts, and other plastic surgery procedures make it possible to look younger for longer. Make good use of your time by adhering to practices and treatments that actually work.

1. Moisturizing keeps wrinkles at bay. Sorry, but it’s just not true. Moisturizer devotees are providing their skin with plenty of cosmetic benefits, like improved texture and overall clarity. But dry skin has virtually nothing to do with wrinkles. True wrinkles are caused by gradual aging related to sun exposure and lower levels of collagen and elastin. Dry skin may exacerbate the appearance of aging skin, but it is not a direct cause. Preventative measures, like applying sunscreen and regular exfoliation, can help ward off wrinkles. For wrinkles that have already formed, dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are popular options.

2. Going bra-less to bed results in sagging breasts. Bras offer support, shape, and definition. And according to some, wearing them to bed can help delay the onset of not-so-perky breasts. Young women possess strong ligaments that hold their breasts high on the chest. These ligaments naturally weaken with major life changes like age, pregnancy, and weight gain. During sleep, breast ligaments are barely doing any work as you are lying down—so sporting a bra to bed isn’t going to offer any noticeable results. Little can be done about sagging breasts apart from breast lift surgery, implants, and other plastic surgery procedures.

.3. Microdermabrasion products give you the same results as a dermatologist. Over-the-counter microdermabrasion products are produced for public consumption—i.e., they’re gentler than the kind available in an office. Professional microdermabrasion uses a special tool to blast diamond crystals onto your skin before quickly vacuuming them back up, resulting in seriously smooth skin. Over-the-counter methods can’t help fade age spots, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.

4. It’s impossible to shrink pores. Somehow, the assertion that enlarged pores can never go back to their original size has caught on. Pore size is largely determined by genetics. Trapped sebum can cause them to look larger, but once clean the pore should revert back to its normal size. Exfoliation treatments like laser skin rejuvenation and IPL PhotoFacials can help facilitate the process.

5. Liver spots are caused by liver problems. Liver spots, also known as sun spots or age spots, are small colored patches that show up on the skin. They’re flat, and generally brownish or red. Despite their name, liver spots have nothing to do with the vital organ. They’re directly related to ultraviolet light exposure, which is why wearing sunscreen regularly is the best preventative measure against liver spots. Existing liver spots can be faded with chemical peels and other laser treatments.

New Image Specialists offers valuable information and resources on cosmetic anti-aging. Browse our directory to find a plastic surgeon, medspa, dermatologist, or other aesthetic specialist in your area. Or, contact us to book an in-depth consultation.

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