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What You Need to Know Before Your First Time Getting Filler

Your first time getting filler can be intimidating–here’s what you need to know and how to prepare for your first appointment.

Filler has quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Over 3 million filler procedures were done in 2020 alone. 

Part of the reason is that filler injections are safe procedures with little recovery time and have noticeable results while being minimally invasive. Not only that but the results are long-lasting and noticeable for a temporary procedure. In the years since fillers were first introduced, it’s become more and more possible to create completely natural-looking results that make your skin look more youthful and firm. 

But even knowing how effective and safe filler injections are, you likely have a lot of questions before your first filler appointment.

So here’s what you need to know your first time getting filler. 

What are fillers?

Fillers, more formally called dermal fillers, are injectable substances that plump the face and reduce wrinkles.

The reason they’re popular is because of the way your skin changes as you age. Over time, your skin becomes thinner and you produce less hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid is an important and naturally occurring substance in your body. It holds moisture and helps your skin maintain a plump, youthful appearance. As your body produces less of it the result is thinner and dryer skin that appears aged.

While there are many types of filler, one of the most common and popular types uses hyaluronic acid to replenish what’s lost as you age. There are other types of filler though that include: calcium hydroxylapatite, and polylactic acid (a collagen stimulator). The type you get for your treatment will depend on the type of procedure you want and your ideal outcomes. 

Common filler brands include:

Where do you get filler injections?

You can get filler injected in many areas depending on what you want to achieve. Fillers are typically used in areas that you want to make fuller because the skin has become thinner and looser (As opposed to Botox which is injected around areas where frequent movement of the muscles under the skin creates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.)

These are some of the common sites of filler injections:

  • Around your eyes to reduce the shadow of lower lids or for crows feet as an alternative to Botox
  • Lips 
  • Deep lines around the mouth and nose
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Neck and chest
  • Hands

Does filler hurt and are their side effects?

For your first time getting filler, it’s normal to be concerned about the side effects. But the treatment is one of the safest and most effective cosmetic procedures. 

During the treatment, your doctor will first cleanse the area of your injection site and then apply a topical numbing ointment. As a result, you will not feel any pain during the injection.

After the treatment, it’s common to experience some minor side effects that go away within a few days (but can last 7-14 days in some instances):

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Mild soreness
  • Itching

It is best to not touch your face for up to six hours after treatment and you should avoid exercise for 24 hours. In addition, it’s best to avoid lying down or leaning forward after the treatment. This can cause the filler injections to shift and ruin the effect of the treatment you intended to have. It’s also helpful to avoid extreme heat like sunbathing and saunas.

What to do before your first appointment?

As with any procedure, there are a few things to keep in mind to help your first appointment go smoothly and reduce side effects after the treatment.

  • In the week before your appointment, avoid blood-thinning medications like Aleve, aspirin, or ibuprofen, as well as supplements like garlic, ginseng, and vitamin E.
  • Avoid other treatments or products that can irritate the skin like waxing, tweezing, and topical anti-aging products.
  • It’s best not to drink alcohol at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Arrive at your appointment without makeup on. While your doctor can remove the makeup, it helps if you show up with an already clean face.

How long does filler last?

The effects of your filler treatment should last for at least six months. They can last longer and the amount of time depends on a few factors. Certain types of filler last longer than others and the amount of filler you get influences how quickly it gets absorbed fully into your body. 

How to figure out which filler and how much is right for you?

The only way to know for sure which filler you should use and how much to get is by talking to a doctor who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

When you visit one of our doctors, they will discuss your health history, your aesthetic goals for a procedure, and tell you about the options available to achieve the look you want.

There are some recent trends that involve doing filler by yourself at home but this is never advisable. Fillers should never be purchased for use at home. Just like all other cosmetic injections, fillers should only be performed by a professional who is trained in administering these injections.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we ensure your experience is safe and give natural-looking results that align with your ideal appearance. To book your consultation, contact your closest location today.

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What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Can It Really Help You Look Younger?

As researchers learn more about what factors influence the way we age and how our bodies work, it’s more apparent than ever the role hormones play in staying healthy. So what is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how can it help you stay healthy and young?

Hormones are molecules your body produces to control most of your basic functions. They send messages throughout your body that keep everything running as it should. Hormones play a role in your immune system, sex, digestion, growth, and brain function. If your hormones are out of balance, you can experience negative symptoms in your health and well-being. 

One of the options to rectify out-of-balance hormones is to get bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, otherwise known as BHRT for short. BHRT is when you replenish hormones your body no longer produces at normal levels.

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

First, it’s important to know that different types of hormone therapies exist.

Most often, they are categorized as traditional hormone replacement therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Both use hormones to bring your body’s hormone levels back into balance. But BHRT is man-made hormones that are almost identical to the hormones produced by your own body. 

In BHRT the hormones introduced to your body are still man-made, but special care is taken to make them as identical to those in your body as possible. They are derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the estrogens created by your body. These hormones derived from plants are still manipulated in a lab and altered to suit human use.

The most common BHRT treatments are done to raise levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone when their levels fall too low. 

When is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy typically prescribed?

Doctors commonly prescribe to help women in menopause and perimenopause (the time leading up to menopause. During these times, women notice and change in their natural hormone levels. These changes lead to a range of symptoms and changes in their health and well-being such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble concentrating

Similarly, as men age, up to 20% may notice their testosterone levels drop. Lower testosterone in men causes many common symptoms of aging, such as:

  • Lower muscle mass
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Impaired memory

BHRT to replace low levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in men and women can prevent and improve already existing signs of aging that interfere with daily life. Your doctor prescribes BHRT after a consultation, and after they consider of a wide range of potential causes for your changes in health.

But BHRT also helps address health concerns like adrenal and thyroid disorders, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. 

How does it work?

There are a variety of ways to get bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams and gels
  • Injections and pellets

Whichever BHRT option you use, it is important that your doctor regularly monitors your health and progress. Your doctor tracks how your body responds to the treatment, can change the dosage as needed, and ensure that you aren’t experiencing severe side effects. 

Does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy help you look younger?

In addition to helping improve health and well-being, many seek BHRT to slow and prevent signs of aging. There is research that supports the importance of estrogen in maintaining youthful skin. As a result, BHRT to increase lowering estrogen levels in aging women is often sought as a means to improve the health and elasticity of the skin.

But how is estrogen helpful for your skin?

Estrogen is important for healthy skin in a number of ways and lower estrogen levels is associated with:

  • Hair loss
  • Skin pigment changes
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Increased wrinkles, dryness, and oxidative stress
  • Less collagen production
  • Decreased skin elasticity

Research has found that skin aging can be delayed by receiving additional estrogen if levels are too low.

Are there any side effects?

While BHRT helps prevent aging, there are side effects. The side effects of all hormone therapies vary. The side effects someone experiences on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy depend on an individuals’ health history. For BHRT specifically, some people experience temporary side effects as their bodies adjust to the hormones. Some BHRT side effects include:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Bloating

The potential for side effects means that BHRT won’t be the best option for everyone. This is why it’s important to have a consultation with your doctor before doing hormone replacement therapy. Your doctor can learn your health history, review different options based on your symptoms, and give you all the information you need for your individual circumstances. 

It’s also important to talk to your doctor because they can determine if your symptoms are a result of changing hormone levels. There is a range of reasons that your health changes as you age. Your doctor will consider all the potential causes of your health concerns when you meet with them and help you figure out if hormone replacement therapy is what you need to improve your symptoms.

How to book your first BHRT consultation

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy overseen by our knowledgeable doctors. BHRT is an option for a range of conditions and can provide a variety of improved health outcomes, especially as you age. If it’s an option you have been considering, we can help you determine whether it is right for you or if there’s another treatment option for your health concerns.

When you book a BHRT consultation, our doctors can go over the following with you in your consultation:

  • What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
  • Should you do BHRT or traditional hormone replacement therapy?
  • Is BHRT right for you based on your health history?
  • How does your doctor monitor you for BHRT?
  • How long does it take to notice the effects of BHRT?

You can get these questions, and more, answered in detail to help you determine if BHRT is the right choice for your needs.

To book your consultation, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location today.

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8 Best Ways to Prevent Signs of Aging

Signs of aging are completely natural, but many of us would like to age gracefully. So what are the best ways to prevent signs of aging early?

If you want to prevent signs of aging, you have to start early. The truth is that many factors in our environment are tough on our skin. So while genetics does play a role in how you age, your environment and lifestyle play a role too—which is good news! It means that you can take steps to prevent early signs of aging if you start soon enough.

How to prevent signs of aging

  1. Protect your skin from the sun

One of the most important ways to protect your skin is to wear sunscreen every day. Even if you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in direct sunlight, you can still get UV exposure. Also, the sun penetrates cloud cover, so even on a cloudy day sun exposure damages your skin. Excessive sunlight speeds up signs of aging by damaging the elastic fibers that keep your skin firm. 

If maintaining a tan year-round is something that’s important to you, this doesn’t mean you have to give it up forever. Using a self-tanner can help you look darker while protecting your skin from harmful sunlight.

2. Don’t smoke

Aside from excessive sun exposure, smoking is one of the most common causes of premature skin aging. 

The reason is due to the harmful chemical nicotine found in cigarettes. Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and reduces the steady flow of oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Without everything your cells need, they start to age faster. Plus, there are other harmful chemicals in cigarettes that reduce skin elasticity.

3. Drink less alcohol

Frequent alcohol use also increases early signs of aging. Alcohol severely dehydrates your body, and that includes your skin. It speeds up the aging process as it impacts the production of stress hormones. In addition, excessive alcohol can lead to dry skin and nutrient deficiencies. 

To reduce the signs of aging, it’s not required to completely swear off alcohol. But reducing your drinking to a few drinks per week or even per month can drastically improve your skin. Not only that, but also improve your overall health as well.

4. Moisturize your face

Moisturizing twice daily helps your skin lock in moisture. Moisturized skin is healthy skin, as it’s why you lose moisture that your skin is more likely to develop wrinkles. It’s one of the simplest steps to take to keep your skin vibrant and youthful for longer.

It’s recommended that if you want a moisturizer that’s particularly effective, to try one with hyaluronic acid or vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid is a compound naturally found in your body to hold moisture. But as you age, you produce less of it. That’s why using a moisturizer that supplements it on the surface of your skin can help you retain moisture.

5. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet is critical to prevent aging from the inside out. In 2019, one study showed the way a healthy diet is connected to fewer wrinkles in women. To prevent aging through your diet, it’s best to find foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some excellent foods to include in your diet are:

  • Fruits like grapes, pomegranates, and blueberries
  • Veggies like leafy greens and carrots
  • Avocados
  • Green tea
  • Olive oil

6. Drink plenty of water

Every organ in your body needs water to perform at its best. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and needs water to stay healthy. Not only does hydrated skin better protect you from harmful elements in the environment, it also helps you stay young. Properly hydrated skin looks full, youthful, and vibrant and reduces the visibility of fine lines.

7. Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back helps you avoid compressing the skin on your face into positions that lead to more wrinkles. Sleeping on your side or stomach can stretch or compress your skin in ways that age your skin prematurely, according to one study. Although it’s difficult to stay in one position all night, making an effort to sleep on your back through some of the night may help you prevent premature wrinkles.

8. Take preventative measures like facials and other advanced skincare procedures

Facials and other procedures to give your skin a dose of care go a long way to keep your skin youthful and vibrant.

One of the most popular anti-aging procedures is Botox. With Botox, you get a small dose of botulinum toxin A injected into sites around your face that are the most prone to getting fine lines and wrinkles. It effectively “freezes” the muscles around the injection site and prevents your skin from wrinkling due to movement.

Another effective anti-aging procedure is PRP.

PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. It’s an anti-aging procedure that’s become one of the most common and popular among celebrities who want to maintain a healthy glow to their skin. PRP helps prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes.

There are two types of PRP procedures—the PRP facial and a PRP facelift. Both can help prevent early signs of aging and give your skin a healthy glow.

PRP Facial—also known as the “Vampire Facial”

In a PRP facial, you first meet with your doctor who will draw a small amount of your own blood into a vial. That blood is put into a centrifuge—a machine that spins the vial very fast to separate the liquid inside. The plasma in your blood separates and is extracted for use in a microneedling procedure.

Microneedling is when a very small needle is used to make “micro” abrasions on the surface of your skin. In the PRP facial, the plasma from your blood gets applied to the microneedles that get used on your skin. The reason for this is that your plasma has strong growth factors that promote faster healing and collagen production.

The end result is more vibrant and youthful skin.

PRP Facelift—also known as the “Vampire Facial”

For a PRP facelift, the procedure starts the same way as the PRP facial. Your blood is drawn and prepared for the procedure. The difference is how the platelet-rich plasma gets applied to your face.

Instead of microneedling, PRP gets combined with a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm. This combination is injected under the skin where you most want to target deeper lines or wrinkles. The result is a rejuvenated and youthful fullness to your skin. 

Since this procedure involves under-the-skin injections, it’s usually the best option if you have deeper lines that have set in around your face.

We help you prevent and reverse signs of aging

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, you can get Botox and PRP from our doctors who are specially trained in the most advanced aesthetic procedures.

Our doctors can help you determine which anti-aging procedure is best for your ideal end result. You also get personalized advice to make your skin look younger based on your health history and environment. The key to maintaining healthy skin is to build habits early, and we can help you do it.

To book an appointment with one of our doctors, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location today.

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How to Lose Weight After 50

When you want to lose weight after 50, it’s hard but not impossible. Here’s why weight loss gets harder and what you can do about improving your health and living a longer life.

When you hit 50, it can feel like you suddenly start gaining weight. One minute you’re in your 40’s and feeling energized, the next you feel more tired and less like yourself. You don’t know where it’s coming from or why it’s happening.

If that’s been the case for you, you are NOT alone. The effects of aging he everyone in one way or another, with common experiences related to predictable changes that happen as we age.

Women produce less estrogen, accumulate more fat around their hips and midsection, and lose bone density.

Men produce less testosterone and lose muscle mass as well. They also experience a rise in instances of diabetes and heart disease after the 50-year mark.

Many of the hormonal changes and aging processes are unavoidable. And when it comes down to it, it’s not your fault it’s harder to lose weight as you age. 

But that does not mean you can’t do anything to prevent or reverse the effects of aging on your weight. It’s never too late to start.

With the right strategies, you can get down to your goal weight and feel confident in your skin. You can reverse the effects of aging on your weight and even prevent major weight gain that many people experience in middle age.

Doing so just requires understanding what’s going on with your body and how to counteract it.

3 common barriers to weight loss after 50

  1. Loss of muscle mass

Sarcopenia, the gradual loss of muscle tissue, sets in around age 40. The loss in muscle mass doesn’t happen overnight, but by 50, many people lose 10% of their muscle mass

Muscle does more than give us a toned body. It influences your metabolic rate and how you burn calories.

When it comes to the types of tissues and cells we have in our body, certain types burn calories more efficiently. Muscle burns more calories than fat, which makes having more muscle helpful to lose weight.

So as you lose muscle, your resting metabolic rate begins to decline–by some estimates as much as 2% per decade. So by 50, your metabolic rate has slowed down and you lose muscle mass, which leads to noticing weight gain and other related health concerns manifesting around that time frame.

2. Sleep changes

For a long time, researchers have noted a link between sleep and weight gain.

Those who stay up and eat late into the night are more likely to be overweight than those who stop eating in the early evening and have a consistent, early bedtime.

There is also a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain–those who don’t get the full recommended 7-9 hours of sleep eat more the following day and seek out calorie-dense foods.

Not only is your body trying to make up for lost energy, but sleep impacts your hormone regulation. The hormones ghrelin and leptin which regulate your appetite and fullness can get out of balance. As a result, your body craves more calories than you would normally seek out and you feel like you can eat more than usual.

3. Hormonal changes

As you age your levels of estrogen and testosterone drop. When this happens, your body starts to store more fat and it’s harder to drop any extra fat that accumulates. 

At the same time, the hormones ghrelin and leptin act differently as well. They help you accurately determine when you are hungry and when you are full. But when these hormone levels fluctuate, you feel hungrier than you used to and it’s harder to feel full. As a result, you end up eating more than you once did and it’s difficult to limit your calorie intake.

How to achieve your weight loss goals after 50

Lift weights

It’s important for anyone to include 3-4 days of strength training in their week. Starting before 50 can help prevent the common health concerns that arise at 50. 

One study found that adults who exercised at least four days a week experienced no loss of muscle mass or related effects at the same time others in their age group who didn’t exercise were showing signs of losing muscle mass and a slowing metabolic rate.

But even if you haven’t taken preventative measures and find yourself wondering how to lose weight over 50―it’s not too late at all.

You can regain lost muscle mass and prevent further loss by lifting weights just a few times a week.

As a result, you will increase your bone density which prevents osteoporosis, or loss and weakening of bone. It also keeps your muscle mass at levels that keep your metabolism efficient.

Stay active

While lifting weights is important to retain muscle mass and boost your metabolism, it’s important to stay active in other ways too.

It’s common to feel like you slow down after 50, but you can keep up much of your energy by maintaining an active lifestyle.

Cardio for one is an important piece of keeping an active lifestyle. Cardio exercises like swimming, running, or hiking help you maintain your heart health. An unhealthy heart and cardiovascular system are associated with fatigue and changes in overall health. A healthy heart helps you keep up your energy levels throughout the day so you can burn more calories and stick to a routine sleep cycle. 

Cardio is also a great way to burn calories during exercise. HIIT in particular is known for begin effective to burn a high amount of calories during the workout plus it helps build strength to build your resting metabolic rate as well.

But the most important thing to do is find a form of exercise and other activity that you enjoy most so you keep doing it and reap the health benefits of staying active.

Reduce intake of refined sugars

As your metabolism slows down, it becomes harder for your body to process the foods you used to eat with ease. You may have always been able to get away with eating your favorite sweets and snacks without noticeable weight gain over time, but that changes in middle age.

To adjust to a slower metabolism, it’s important to be more aware of what you choose to eat every day. While you don’t have to cut out ALL the tasty food you enjoy, limiting intake each week is advised. 

This is not only beneficial for your weight, but also for preventing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Get support

Studies have shown that people with a workout or diet partner are more likely to follow through.  We feel more supported and it’s more enjoyable to work towards a goal with another person.

This means we are more likely to do better if we choose a friend or family member to get healthy with. You can hold each other accountable and follow through on your plans for a healthy diet and exercise.

You’re also more likely to successfully lose weight if you have the support of a doctor or weight loss professional on your side.

It’s understandable to try and go it alone to lose weight because in theory, it sounds as simple as changing your diet or exercising more.

But the truth is that it’s hard to know what to do for your particular situation and get the results you want. It’s common for people dieting alone to cut out too much of the wrong foods or develop an unhealthy relationship with food. And it’s even more common to lose steam a few weeks into your diet plan. Sticking to a diet or exercise regime when you have frequent temptations around is a challenge. That’s why having someone who creates a sustainable plan and check-ins improves the likelihood you follow through and see results.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, our doctors help you create a weight loss plan that is personalized for your needs and helps you learn healthy diet habits for the long run. We know how important it is to still enjoy food even while you diet, so we help you get to your goal and then teach you how to maintain it without a lifetime of extreme dieting.

To get your weight and health back on track after 50, visit one of our locations for a consultation today. No appointment necessary.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Skin Wrinkle-free and Vibrant

With healthy and youthful skin we feel more confident and beautiful in our day-to-day lives. Follow these tips to keep your skin wrinkle-free for longer as you age.

It’s inevitable that our skin changes as we age. We produce less collagen and our skin loses its elasticity. It also becomes drier which causes wrinkles to develop faster.

But fortunately, there are ways of slowing down the aging process in our skin.

Below are lifestyle and treatment options to keep your skin vibrant and wrinkle-free without invasive surgery. 

Start making these part of your routine early to prevent and slow down the aging process of your skin.

1. Stay hydrated

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. 

One of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful for longer is to drink enough water every day.

While we regularly hear how important water is for overall health, it unsurprisingly helps your skin stay vibrant too.

Your skin is an organ just like those inside your body. And to function properly it needs water every day.

So by getting enough water, you ensure that your skin works as a protective barrier and maintains its full and dewy appearance.

2. Use a moisturizer

A moisturizer is a cream that helps nourish your face and provide extra moisture. 

One of the most important reasons to use a moisturizer is because it helps keep your skin hydrated and prevents irritation.

There are a lot of factors in our environment that can irritate our skin like dry air and pollutants. 

A moisturizer helps keep a protective barrier for your skin so it doesn’t get irritated as easily. This helps with the aging process because dry and irritated skin ages faster.

3. Exfoliate

As we age, our body also stops being as efficient at removing dead skin cells. This can cause buildup and lead to a dull skin tone.

By exfoliating regularly, you speed up your skin’s process of replenishing cells and promote softer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. 

There are two main types of DIY exfoliation.

One is using a physical exfoliator. That’s when you use a granular scrub that removes dead skin buildup and buffs your skin.

Another is a chemical exfoliator. The chemical exfoliators are a liquid mixture that you dab onto your face to exfoliate your skin. These concoctions are a mix of enzymes and acid-based chemicals that gently but effectively remove dead skin and replenish health cells.

There’s another option for exfoliation and that’s getting a mechanical exfoliation treatment done. Those types of treatments involve laser treatments and microdermabrasion.

4. Avoid sun exposure

Too much sun exposure damages and dehydrates your skin.

The best thing to do is apply sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer to your face every day. This is true even when it’s overcast. Sunscreen has been shown in studies to slow down the signs of aging skin because of how much sun exposure impacts aging.

5. Use a retinoid

Retinoids are one of the most popular and effective options for treating and preventing wrinkles.

These are anti-aging treatments made from Vitamin A derivatives. Vitamin A has the power to neutralize free radicals that lower your production of collagen—a chemical important for keeping your face hydrated and wrinkle-free. So when you apply these to your skin, you are able to slow down signs of aging and promote healthy, youthful skin.

There are many options out there and the best one for you depends largely on your skin type, age, and environmental factors. So it’s important to ask an expert about what kind of retinoid is right for your skin before choosing one.

6. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

With all the creams and products on the market to reverse aging, it’s easy to overlook an important lifestyle factor that keeps your skin wrinkle-free in the first place…

Your diet.

Studies have shown that women who eat diets higher in fruits and other vitamin-rich foods have fewer wrinkles than those who eat more red meat and highly processed snacks.

Just like using the right moisturizer and exfoliator becomes part of your daily routine, it’s important to include fruits and veggies in your daily routine as well. You can have a handful of strawberries in as a snack in the morning. Or add a small side salad to your lunch every day. These small additions can go a long way to help promote glowing and youthful skin.

7. Don’t smoke

Smoking cigarettes leads to premature aging and the development of crows feet faster than in those who don’t smoke.

It also leads to other skin damage like sagging skin, dull tone, and acne. One study in twins found that when comparing twins who smoked versus those who didn’t, the twin who smoked has more wrinkles than their sibling.

By not smoking, you can promote healthy circulation and healing in your skin so it can heal. You’ll also produce more collagen and elastin in your skin as well—both of which can bring back a vibrant and healthy glow.

8. Cut back on alcohol

Did you know Jennifer Lopez doesn’t drink alcohol at all? The reason is she says it’s bad for her skin.

And the thing is, she’s right.

Alcohol dehydrates your skin. This is why the morning after you’ve had a few too many drinks your face looks dryer and older than it otherwise would. And consuming alcohol regularly can impact how your skin retains moisture and lead to dull and sagging skin.

So if you want to keep your skin wrinkle-free as you age, then cutting back on alcohol is one of the best options. This doesn’t mean you must cut out all alcohol to have healthy skin. But keeping alcohol to a minimum for special occasions or a few drinks a month will be better for your skin than drinking daily.

9. Exercise

Since wrinkles are caused in part by aging cells, is there anything you can do to slow their aging process?

It turns out that exercise actually makes you age slower. This has to do with the way exercise impacts your cells and cell division, which happens as cells age. Exercise slows the rate your cells age and divide, and ultimately helps you age slower. The impact is visible in your skin as many who emphasize a healthy mix of strength training, HIIT, and cardio look and feel younger, even as they age.

A note of advice to prevent any skin irritation or build up from sweat: Always wash your face immediately after your workout. It’s also best to wear zero makeup for your workouts so your pores don’t get clogged and lead to acne and other irritation—which makes skin look older in the long run.

10 Make time for facials

There’s a reason celebrities get regular facials and skin treatments. It’s because they work. 

One of the most popular ones is the PRP facial. What it does is help your skin stay young by using healing and growth factors in your own plasma to boost collagen production.

When you get the PRP facial, a small amount of your own blood is taken and put into a centrifuge. In the centrifuge, your blood and plasma are separated and the plasma gets extracted for your procedure (what’s extracted is the platelet rich plasma, which is where PRP gets its name).

Your doctor then does a microneedling procedure on your face using the platelet rich plasma. Just a few of these procedures leads to noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity and boosts collagen after just one treatment.

Book a PRP facial with us to help keep your skin wrinkle-free and vibrant

We offer PRP facials to help you reverse and prevent signs of aging in your skin.

Our PRP facial is one of our most popular treatments that’s produced noticeable results for our patients.

To learn more about the procedure and to book a consult, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location.

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What Is Juvederm? Here’s How One of The Most Popular Anti-Aging Solutions Works

There are a lot of products to choose from in the world of aesthetics and anti-aging. So if you’ve been wondering “What is Juvederm?”… Here’s everything you need to know to help decide if it’s right for you.

As we age, we all develop fine lines and wrinkles at different spots on our face. Some of us get lines sooner than others depending on genetics or lifestyle factors like stress, exposure to sunlight, or smoking. 

But the reality is that it happens to all of us, and we often would like a solution to remove those fine lines or reduce their appearance. Especially if we feel like we’re developing them earlier than we hoped.

One of the best products to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is Juvederm. An injectable that’s called a “filler” because of how it’s used to apparently “fill-in” the fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

Juvederm was FDA approved to treat wrinkles and anti-aging back in 2006.

Since then, it’s been used in millions of procedures to reduce signs of aging without having to undergo a facelift or any more serious surgery.

It’s continued to be one of the safest and most popular treatments.

What is Juvederm used for?

Juvederm is generally reserved for aging concerns on the face. And the procedure can be done in a range of areas:

Acne scarring

Acne scars can develop after repetitive and long periods of deep cystic acne. And in the past, acne scars have been one of the most challenging conditions to reverse. But Juvederm provides an option for smoothing out the appearance of acne scars. A Juvederm injection to the site can help fill in the skin’s surface where the scars exist. 

Wrinkles and laugh lines around the eyes

The skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest and most sensitive. And on top of that, the skin is in constant motion as we express ourselves throughout the day. It’s why wrinkles around the eyes are often the earliest and most noticeable lines we see as we age. Juvederm can help you look younger by softening these lines so they become less noticeable.

Lips and mouth

Around the lips and mouth, aging can show up earlier than other places because of how sensitive the skin in this area is. Juvederm can be used to plump lips and to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.

Marionette lines

These lines run from the corner of your mouth down to your chin and jaw. They get their name from giving the appearance of the mouth lines on a marionette doll’s face. Juvederm is often used to reduce the appearance of these lines which can cause your face and skin to appear older than it really is.

Nasolabial folds

The nasolabial folds are the lines that run from your nose down to the sides of your mouth. They most often develop as a result of smiling but can become more permanent and show even when you’re not smiling as you age. Juvederm can be used to reduce the appearance of these lines when your face is at rest.

How does Juvederm work?

Juvederm works by injecting hyaluronic acid into your skin.

You may already be familiar with hyaluronic acid as it’s very popular in facial creams and serums.

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that naturally occurs in your skin. It helps your skin stay hydrated and firm by helping water bind to collagen. It’s able to hold a thousand times its weight in water so that our bodies stay hydrated. And as it traps moisture in your skin so it can appear healthier, plumper, and dewier. 

Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, but as we age, we produce less and less of it.

When you get the Juvederm injection with hyaluronic acid, it replenishes the hyaluronic acid and helps your skin retain more water again. The end result is having dewier and plumper looking skin that appears younger.

How long does it last?

Juvederm isn’t permanent. And to keep seeing results, will have to be repeated at periodic intervals.

How long Juvederm lasts depends on a few things: 

  • The amount of Juvederm you receive 
  • The location of your procedure 
  • Your body chemistry—some people metabolize the hyaluronic acid faster than others 

But the procedure generally produces effects that last from six months up to two years. 

These are great long-term results especially since the procedure is minimally invasive and can produce noticeable results without a facelift or other surgery.

Is Juvederm safe?

Juvederm is FDA approved and considered safe for cosmetic treatments when delivered by a trained provider.

There are side effects that some patients might experience at the injection site like

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bumps
  • Bruising
  • Itching

But these are mild side effects and generally disappear within a week. But if there are any leftover bumps after a week, then you can book an appointment with your specialist to massage out those remaining bumps.

There are ways to reduce or prevent the experience of side effects that your approved provider can tell you based on your specific situation. Some of the most common advice includes

How to get a Juvederm consultation

If you’re wondering about getting Juvederm for yourself, it’s important to talk to a licensed provider first.

To make sure it’s injected correctly and doesn’t lead to negative side effects, Juvederm should never be administered by yourself or without a consultation first. 

Here at Valley Medical Weight Loss we are licensed providers who care about giving you the best experience and results. We know you’re looking to look and feel more like yourself. So we cover how much and where the Juvederm injections will produce the best and most natural results for you.

To get your Juvederm consult, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss center and book an appointment today.

Sources

  1. Papakonstantinou, Eleni, et al. “Hyaluronic Acid: A Key Molecule in Skin Aging.” Dermato-Endocrinology, Landes Bioscience, 1 July 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/
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Anti-Aging Tips: Keeping Your Skin Young

Your skin — your largest organ — is your first line of defense against the world. It protects you from bacteria, extreme temperatures, chemicals and pollution. Over time, all of these duties can take a toll on your skin’s appearance, transforming it from soft skin to something more dull. But don’t worry if your skin starts to look a little dull and wrinkled — proper skin care, and the right aesthetics treatments. can help with the anti-aging process, keeping your skin super soft and smooth.

Cleanse Regularly for Anti-Aging

Cleansers remove dirt and oil from your skin, which helps keep you smooth and blemish free. Make sure you’re using a mild cleanser that’s pH-balanced for the skin, especially on your face, which is more delicate than the skin on your body. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, you’ll want a gel-based or foaming cleanser. If you have dry skin, a cream cleanser can provide extra moisture that will keep your skin looking supple and prevent flaking.

Exfoliate Weekly

On average, your skin regenerates every 28 days. This means that dead skin cells rise to the surface, and while some fall off, some stay attached. These dead skin cells can give your face a dry, dull appearance. But, the good news is that they’re easily removed by exfoliation.

There are two different types of exfoliation: manual and chemical. Manual exfoliation involves an exfoliating brush or cleansers that contain little micro-beads that help slough off dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses acids – like alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid – to chemically remove the dead skin cells. Dry skin does best with manual exfoliation, while combination or oily skin takes well to chemical exfoliation. Normal skin can go either way.

But be careful not to overdo it. You should only exfoliate once or twice per week, not every day.

Stay Out of the Sun

The ultraviolet rays of the sun can actually change the DNA of your cells, which can cause fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and even cancer. One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to avoid the sun, especially during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Apply sunscreen before leaving the house, even on cloudy days, and reapply throughout the day.

Drink Water

Water is the most basic of all anti-aging tools. Every cell and organ in your body needs water, especially your skin. When you don’t drink enough water, your body prioritizes giving it to other parts of your body so your skin gets dry, rough and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydrated skin also looks dull and lacks the glow of healthy, hydrated skin. To figure out how much water you should be drinking every day, take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how many ounces you should drink. For example, if you weight 140 pounds, you need at least 70 ounces of water each day.

Add In Professional Anti-Aging Treatments

Professional treatments like Botox and Juvederm can help get rid of wrinkles and fill in areas that are losing volume due to the normal aging process (or an aging process that’s been accelerated by too much time in the sun or smoking).

PRP (or platelet rich plasma) injections, which combine blood platelets with protein-rich plasma, are another excellent option for scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damaged skin, tone and texture, and skin tightening. You can use them alone or in combination with Juvederm in our PRP Vampire Facelift.

There are many misconceptions about aesthetics treatments like these, but when you go to a trusted professional like our doctors at Valley Medical, the results are beautiful and natural. Plus, right now, we’re offering $50 OFF your first anti-aging treatment (any Juvederm®, Voluma®, Volbella®, PRP or minimum Botox® purchase of 35 units).*

 

 

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Busting Botox Myths

When it comes to Botox, we’ve heard (and been asked) it all. Botox is one of the most common cosmetic advancements of the 20th century, but people still misunderstand a lot of things about the procedure. We don’t know how these Botox myths started – or why they persist – but we’re here to clear the air for you.

Botox Makes You Expressionless

One of the most common rumors surrounding Botox is that once you’ve received it, you’ll no longer be able to show any expression, but that’s just not true! Botox doesn’t freeze your face; it relaxes the wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the point of injection. There are several other muscles in your face involved in facial movement, so you’ll still show a wide range of facial expressions.

Botox is Toxic

Botox is a protein derived from a toxin called botulinum toxin, which comes from the bacteria that cause botulism food poisoning. In order to get botulism, the bacteria must affect your central nervous system. Botox itself is not only an isolated segment of the bacteria, it stays local at the injection site and doesn’t travel to your nervous system.

While there are some small risks of side effects, Botox is extremely safe. The treatment has a long and well-established safety history that dates back 20 years. Keep in mind that Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified medical professional and at recommended doses.

Stopping Botox Will Make Wrinkles Worse

One of the most persistent Botox myths is that once you start getting it, you’ll have to continue getting it forever or your wrinkles will get worse. While you may want to because of how great you’ll look, it isn’t necessary. If you stop getting Botox treatments, your wrinkles will just go back to the way they were before you started the treatments. Martie Gidon – a dermatologist from Toronto – explains that Botox will prevent your wrinkles from getting worse while you keep up with treatments; but when you stop, you will lose the effect of the Botox and your face will resume normal development of wrinkles.

There are also no addictive properties in Botox, so there is no way to become physically addicted to it.

Botox is Permanent

Botox is not permanent. A typical treatment lasts for 3 months before a follow-up is necessary. In some cases, it lasts anywhere from 6 to 12 months, once patients get the hang of no longer furrowing their brows.

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Banishing Those Wrinkles with Botox ®

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we believe that looking your best is a big part of what makes you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you’re able to face the world with more poise and confidence. That is why we offer non-surgical injections, like Botox® Cosmetic, in addition to our weight loss programs. Botox ® is probably not a new name for you, but do you know exactly what it is and what it can do for you and your skin? If not, keep reading. And even if you think you do, keep reading.

Let’s Start with Wrinkles

To understand how Botox ® works, it’s important that you understand how wrinkles form in the first place. It’s really a combination of factors – damage from free radicals, decreasing amounts of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin springy and supple, changes in cellular structure, and making the same expression over and over again. When you frown or smile or you’re deep in thought, certain muscles contract and certain areas of your skin crease and fold in response. Over time, these creases and folds start to stick around and you’re left with fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox® can’t address the external factors that cause lines and wrinkles, it can target the muscle activity that contributes to them.

How Botox® Works

Botox® works by reducing the activity of the underlying muscles that cause your skin to crease and fold. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. When nerve signaling is reduced, the muscles relax and soften. This translates to fewer lines and wrinkles and a younger-looking appearance. You’ll generally begin to see the results within one to two days following the procedure, but the most noticeable difference in your appearance tends to come after 30 days. Because Botox is non-surgical, treatments are quick – each treatment lasts approximately 10 to 20 minutes and requires no recovery time. That is why this type of procedure is often nicknamed “a lunchtime procedure”. You can get in and out in the amount of time it would take you to go down the street for a salad. The results of Botox typically last up to four months.

What Else Should I Know?

Botox is most effective for crow’s feet and frown lines. Since every individual is unique and every face is different, your treatment will vary based on you as an individual. Your physician will discuss your treatment plan with you before administering any injections; and make sure you’re comfortable with the recommendations and all your questions are answered. A typical treatment may include 5 injections into your forehead muscles and 3 into each of the muscles that surround your eye.

Ask Away!

Our number one goal is to make you feel confident and comfortable. If you want to learn more about Botox in general or want to know what we can do for you specifically, please give us a call or stop into one of our clinics. You don’t have to make an appointment; just come on in and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.