Submitted by Admin on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 07:29
Almost every person will get it at some point: gray hair. Currently, there is no medical treatment. The only solution, consists of either monthly trips to the salon or using highlights to hide the gray and white follicles.
A recent study may lead to an insight on the age old mystery on why hair turns gray. A team of researchers found a correleation in gray hair with higher levels of hydrogen peroxide as well as peroxynitirite in the skin. These two substances accumulate in skin and hair as a result of oxidative stress. This is thought to be the reason why patients with vitiligo, a condition of areas of white patches in the skin, prematurely have gray or white hair.
The researchers found that if the patients were given a cream that eliminates the hydrogen peroxide, hair would repigment back to its original hair color. The cream is currently not on the market and goes by the name topical NB-UVB-activated pseudocatalase PC-KUS. Obviously if this comes to market it will have a catchier name.
The take home message from this study is to eliminate oxidative stress, which includes avoiding smoking, sun exposure. This would also include eating a diet rich in antioxidants to help decrease oxidative stress. Finally, it seems that the magic potion for gray hair might be one step closer.
Submitted by Admin on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 15:43
Looks like even celebrities rely on their plastic surgeons-- whether it’s for brown spots, wrinkles, or skin rejuvenation.
Courteney Cox, the former Friends star, admitted to her anti-aging secret: lasers! On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she said “You know what, I’m game for anything. I’m very open to trying to prolong the inevitable... I'm a BIG laser believer and I really think they are the wave of the future. I just did Ulthera, which is supposed to produce collagen. And I'm about to do Fraxel, which will get rid of all these brown spots off my arms, chest, and face." After Jay gave her a compliment she tried covering up her arms. She explained, “I did kind of a Fraxel peel to take all the spots away... Like a laser thing.”
Dr. Shah offers his patients the same treatments stars like Courteney Cox, 48, admits to doing. Dr. Shah is a pioneer for laser technology and aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse. “I have patients coming in to see me from all walks of life to address the very same issues facing Courteney Cox,: says Dr. Shah. “And just as we would for a celebrity, we offer a consultation for anyone wishing to discuss their aesthetic needs and desires.”
Dr. Shah offers exclusive lasers that can do things from erasing wrinkles you never thought you could get rid of all the way to making your skin look like you’re 20 again. Whether you’re looking to enhance or change your face, eyes, skin, or body Dr. Shah and his welcoming staff will make your life-changing experience positive, relaxing, and truly exciting!
Submitted by Admin on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 15:28
A recent study looked at several signs of skin aging and found that if you look old for your age watch out: your heart is probably as old as you look. The Copenhagen City Heart Study looked at the following signs of aging: earlobe creases, xanthelasma (yellow cholesterol deposits around the eye) and baldness. The found that compared to subjects of similar age and sex that patients with these traits had a much higher chance of a future heart attack than patients without one of those signs. The more signs present in an individual the higher the chance of a heart attack. Theories on why these factors may play a role is on the relationship between baldness and high testosterone levels and its role in heart disease. However, one can not discount the role of healthy living has on the skin and how it does act as an overall indicator of our health. If you eat healthy, exercise and have a healthy lifestyle your skin will often have a better appearance than if you smoked, ate poorly and did not take care of your body. The message here is to look your best inside and out.