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A Tasty Treat to Defeating Wrinkles

For wrinkles, there are an excessive amount of treatments out on the market. There’s wrinkle-freezing Botox COSMETIC, wrinkle-blasting lasers and wrinkle-smoothing creams. But how about wrinkle-reducing ice cream? According to Fox News, anti-aging ice cream could be on the market within the next five years.

Unilever, the maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, recently signed a contract with Ampere Life Science. Ampere Life Science is a new biotechnology group that was set up in San Jose, CA, last year. The duo entered and exclusive, 5-year contract to research and create a wide variety of products that include antioxidants and other anti-aging components.

Antioxidants are scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, protect against sun damage and boost the immune system.

Unilever produces a plethora of big-name brands in the United States, including Bertolli pastas and sauces, Dove soap, and Lipton products. Ampere Life Science’s findings could potentially be included throughout numerous different product varieties.

“Unilever’s chief research and development officer, Genevieve Berger, said, “I see the key benefits of this partnership with Ampere being a commitment to develop superior products across a number of categories and exclusivity that will potentially give us competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Unilever’s chief research and development officer, Genevieve Berger.

I’m sure I’m not the only one excited about this tasty endeavor!

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.


Juvéderm Hydrate Excels in Hydrating, Boosting Volume of Skin

Allergan has introduced a new Hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that is said to both volumize and hydrate skin. Juvéderm Hydrate works like a regular HA filler; only it surpasses the level of standard skin hydration provided by its counterparts. According to a recent study presented at the 8th Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Juvederm Hydrate could potentially set a new standard for skin-rejuvenation therapy.

HA is a common compound used in dermal fillers because of its sponge-life effect and watery consistency. The loss of the naturally occurring polysaccharide AH over time causes skin to look older from fine lines, wrinkles and folds.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural polysaccharide found in skin that has the property of retaining water, and this sponge-like effect is important in keeping the skin hydrated. Over time, the loss of HA results in older-looking skin that is characterized by static fine lines, wrinkles and folds.

According to Cosmetic Surgery Times:

“All of the currently available HA-based fillers, including Juvéderm, are composed of cross-linked HA. These aesthetic gels are useful in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles not only because of their filling effect, but also because HA attracts water to it, resulting in fuller and smoother skin where injected. Juvéderm Hydrate, on the other hand, is composed of 13.5 mg/g uncross-linked HA and 0.9 percent mannitol, a formulation that results in a reduced free-radical degradation of HA where injected. This leads to extended longevity of the HA, allowing it to attract water over a longer period of time and ultimately improve the aesthetic outcomes of the filler treatment.”

A trial was recently conducted in France on the effects of Juvéderm Hydrate on 27 different women.  The female patients, who had a mean age of 42.6 years, were injected in areas such as the eyes, cheeks, perioral and neckline. The patients’ skin was then assessed at days 15, 30 and 60. At 60 days, Juvéderm Hydrate proved to significantly hydrate the skin at the treated areas. Both doctor and patient satisfaction analysis reported that skin hydration, appearance, texture and brightness were “improved” in 90% of the patients. Furthermore, 80% of the patients treated saw “very improved” skin at day 60.

Of the patients surveyed, approximately 85 said they would recommend the treatment to their friend and undergo another treatment. Non-invasive approaches to skin rejuvenation are often preferred by patients due to cost and downtime. While Juvéderm Hydrate is currently available in England, Italy, France, Germany and Spain, there are no plans to submit it for FDA approval for the American market.

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Glow

Most people can agree that a little color in one’s complexion looks good. However, the harmful effects of tanning beds and sun exposure may make you think twice about going for that bronze glow. You don’t have to pray for the revival of pasty look. Turns out that there are foods you can eat that will add a little color to you skin.

Foods rich in carotenoids, like cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, peppers and spinach, reportedly help increase the appearance of a tan. According to a study performed by Ian Stephen, an experimental psychologist at Bristol University, carotenoids—which are found in many plants—afford in part the appearance of a tan.

When it comes to the complexion, there are two types of pigments that affect the yellowness of fairer skin: melanin (affected by UV exposure) and carotenoids. Stephen studied whether betacarotene—a type of carotenoids—can actually alter one’s skin tone. The study found that a diet rich in betacarotene, which is found naturally in green and orange produce, could make the skin appear more attractive in just one month.

During the study, volunteers were asked to judge the before and after photos of Caucasians who consumed a carotenoids. The volunteers consistently chose the golden glow of the after pictures over the paler before pictures.

Not only that, the volunteers preferred the golden glow to the skin tanned by the sun. “We found people always preferred the golden effect from diet to the darker effect from the sun,” said Steven.

This is just another great study supporting the healthy benefits of certain vegetables and another good reason to avoid those tanning beds. Not only that, foods rich in carotenoids are also powerful anti-oxidants.

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

The Hidden Dangers of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the most sought after non-invasive skincare treatments in doctor’s offices and medical spas. Microdermabrasion is often marketed safe way to treat acne, scarring, and uneven skin; however, conventional methods could be more harmful than they are helpful.

The popular treatment customarily blasts aluminum oxide crystals to resurface the skin.  Dead skin and aluminum crystals are then vacuumed off the skin. Once touted in the cosmetic industry, the older methods are now being condemned by medical professionals due to the negative effects of the aluminum oxide crystals.
An article by StyleList.com claims that traditional microdermabrasion treatments can have post-treatment reactions that incorporate intense redness, infections, streaking from pressure on the probe, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When not administered by a trained professional, crystals can scatter into the hair, lashes and ears, which can lead to corneal scratches and abrasions.

Never fear, for there are newer technologies available for microdermabrasion treatments. At the California Institute for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, we offer the Dermasweep MD. Unlike conventional microdermabrasion, the Dermasweep does not use crystals and the wand has 9 different brush tips that offer the most flexible and customized treatments for your skin. The treatment can be infused with Vitamin C, Salicylic, Glycolic, and Hyaluronic Acids for maximum effect.

Even though microdermabrasion is classified as a non-surgical procedure, it is important to have your treatment performed under the supervision of highly skilled medical professional. Microdermabrasions in Bakersfield can be performed by licensed aestheticians. More aggressive microdermabrasion procedures, however, should be performed by the physician themselves.

There’s No Simple Cure for Wrinkles

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. According to a study done by the Stanford School of Medicine, popular drug store adhesive pads meant to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between-eye area may have no added benefit. During the study 30 women were observed over a 4 week period while using the adhesive pads in the forehead and glabella (between the eyes). Although believed to have noticeable wrinkle reduction, two independent facial plastic surgeons measured the before/after wrinkle severity scores as exactly the same.

These over-the-counter products often promote themselves as “alternatives to Botox®” and other popular wrinkle-reducing treatments. Unfortunately, these claims are often untested and are misleading to consumers.

For Bakersfield patients seeking wrinkle-reduction, keep in mind that Botox®, Dysport®, and other wrinkle-reducing treatments are FDA approved and have underwent intense clinical trials. Often times, Bakersfield patients will seek out a plastic surgeon that will pair Botox® with dermal fillers, such as Radiesse® or Juvederm®, for an optimum youthful appearance.

When it comes to anti-aging treatments, if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.

Be Careful of the Beds You Frequent

It has been recently reported by CNN that tanning beds are reported to increase a person’s chance of developing skin cancer by three fold.

The repeated warnings to patients that they face a risk of developing skin cancer from tanning haven’t been very effective–people are still laying out in the sun and tanning in the tanning beds.  So. cosmetologists and dermatologists have begun to focus on the other consequence of tanning: wrinkles.  It is a fact that both the sun and tanning beds can increase wrinkles. Teenagers, who choose to sunbathe, might not consider the damage to their skin. However, there is a strong likelihood that those who choose to tan in their teens will have an elevated risk of developing wrinkles before their mid 20s.

Here in Bakersfield, the sun shines bright and hot most of the year. Please do wear sunscreen and cover your eyes with sunglasses, even if you’re just running out for coffee or to get the mail. Skin cancer is no joke and can really disrupt your life.

To your health & wellness,

Vip Dev, MD