Throughout his extensive career, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause has met with countless patients who have questions on the aging process, particularly on how to stop to it. In this blog post, the trusted doctor debunks common myths and misconceptions about aging.
How quickly you age depends solely on your genes.
While is it true that your genes play a big role with regard to how fast and well you age, there are plenty of other factors that influence the aging process. For instance, smoking and unprotected sun exposure can cause wrinkles, lines and other signs of aging to surface prematurely. Healthy lifestyle habits and using the right skin care products can help stave off signs of aging.
What you eat doesn’t matter.
The phrase “you are what you eat” certainly applies to your skin. Eating a healthy diet can keep the skin looking clear, smooth and youthful, while eating the wrong foods can lead to unflattering blemishes and cause the skin to look dry and dull. For radiant skin, stick to foods high in vitamin C and vitamin A, while limiting foods high in sugar and processed fat. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
Fine lines and wrinkles only occur after age 40.
Unfortunately for some people, fine lines and wrinkles can appear much earlier than age 40. How soon (or late) wrinkles, lines and other visible age markers appear on your skin depends on a variety of factors, including your genes, skin care regimen and lifestyle habits. When it comes to preserving your good looks, it’s never too early to start practicing good skin care habits.
Sunscreen is only necessary during sunny weather.
By now you know how important it is to wear sunscreen during the summer. What you may not know is that your skin is still susceptible to sun damage during cloudy, winter weather. Approximately 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and reach your skin. In order to protect your skin from sun damage (including wrinkles, lines and uneven skin pigmentation), apply sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher whenever you are outside.
There is nothing I can do to stop the aging process.
Well, this is partially true. There is no way to completely stop the aging process but there are several ways you can slow down or reverse the hands of time. Even the smallest change to your skin care regimen can help improve the appearance of aged or dull skin. Surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are also available to turn back the hands of time. Whether you want to tweak your appearance or want a more drastic change, Dr. Hause can help. The Sacramento plastic surgeon offers several surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore a beautiful and youthful appearance.
To learn about the treatment options Dr. Hause offers, please call (916) 646-6869 today.