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Aging and Car Exhaust

In sunny California, cosmetic procedures have a lot to do with fixing aging skin. The more wrinkles we have, the more we worry about how old we appear to others. To combat wrinkles I perform procedures and treatments such as face lifts, Botox and laser skin resurfacing. But have you ever wondered if it’s not just age causing your wrinkles?

Recent studies show that car exhaust and soot is now deemed the third major modifiable factor that causes skin to age early. The top factor is ultraviolet rays, while second place is taken by tobacco smoke. This means that living in a highly populated area could be part of the reason your skin has begun to wrinkle earlier than expected.

It’s been known that soot and car exhaust can be bad for the respiratory system and that it causes minor cognitive failure in the elderly. It even has been linked to type 2 diabetes and is now being studied to see if it is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. But the fact that it can induce skin aging is yet another strike against industrial areas.

Unless you literally live in the country, it’s hard to avoid excessive car exhaust and soot. But you can contribute to the environment by cutting back on the amount you drive, and walk or ride a bike instead. If you live in a heavily populated industrial area, be sure to take extra care of your skin. And when all else fails, there are treatments to combat those early wrinkles at my California plastic surgery practice.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev, MD


Depressed and Older Patients Are More Satisfied With Surgery Outcomes

A recent study, which was published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, found that older patients and patients being treated for depression were more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of their plastic surgery.  The study, which surveyed patients undergoing elective facial surgery, also found that generalized pessimism and optimism had no correlation to one’s satisfaction with surgical outcomes.

The study was conducted by Jill L. Hessler, M.D., of Premier Plastic Surgery in California and her colleagues. The group surveyed Fifty-one patients undergoing facial cosmetic between 2007 and 2008. Patients were evaluated by their demographics as well as their levels of optimism and pessimism. In addition, the subjects were asked to complete a surgical outcome survey specific to their cosmetic procedure. The same surveys were issued again four to six months later.

According to the study, patients younger than the average age of 53 were less satisfied with their results than their older counterparts.  The study also found that patients being treated for depression were more satisfied with their results than patients who were not treated for depression.

“The ability to preoperatively identify patient characteristics (psychological, social or demographic) that might impact the subjective perception of surgical outcome and predict dissatisfaction with facial plastic surgery could be highly useful to surgeons,” said the authors. “Although preliminary, our observations provide insight into these relationships and identify potential associations, which establish a basis upon which future studies can be built. In particular, it will be interesting to design larger scale studies to examine the potential associations between perceived surgical outcomes and sex, education, marital status, depression and/or inclination toward optimism/pessimism.”

The authors also noted that older patients may be more satisfied with elective surgery outcomes because they have more realistic

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.