Friday, November 25, 2016

WHAT'S NEW IN ANTI AGING MEDICINE? SPOTLIGHT ON PREVENTION

We are all familiar with what "Aging" means, aren't we? But when it comes to defining "Aging", it is not that simple. According to Medicine.net aging is "the process of becoming older, the process being genetically determined and environmentally modulated".
Until recently, aging has been considered an inherent, progressive degradation of the human body. But in this era of hectic informational and technological development, the new medical discoveries determine a total different approach and a radical change in the way people view health and well being as they grow old.
Most of the natural aging mechanisms determine the development of diseases. Logically, fighting the process of aging would prevent disease and improve health despite getting older. This is basically the principle of Anti Aging Medicine. It is a holistic discipline, not yet accredited by most Medical Associations all over the world; the goal is to extend human lifespan with maximum health level. The nomenclature can vary from Biogerontology, Age Management Medicine to Advanced Preventive Medicine - it is the same medical branch, which treats the individual as a whole and aims to eliminate any age related ailment.

Today's tendency in Anti Aging Medicine is Prevention, rather than cure.
Prevention in all areas that influence health and longevity, regarding both individual well being and overall economic efficiency of the society:
  • Balanced diet - considering a correct Insulin/Glucagon activity and a proper protein - carbohydrates - fat ratio. Eating properly builds the foundation for a high quality of life and increased longevity.
  • Exercise - considered to be the secret of longevity. Exercise has been described as 'an anti aging pill'.
  • Nutraceutical and hormonal supplements
  • Yoga and meditation for maintaining and improving mental health.
  • Periodical examinations for early detection and treatment of age related diseases
  • Check ups to establish:




- Neurological age
- Bone age
- Muscular age
- Hormonal age
- Vascular age
Many of the aging mechanisms are still unknown. The future of anti aging medicine will probably involve genetic engineering, the use of stem cells for cellular and tissue renewal and nanotechnology for targeted drug and nutrient delivery.

At the end of this post, I want to share with you some of the Best Anti Aging Secrets (Health.com)

Use sesame oil

"First thing every morning, I massage organic sesame oil from the health-food store all over my body. Working it in wakes me up and really gets my blood circulating. Plus, the oil hydrates my skin, giving it a healthy glow. Then I jump in the shower—the oil naturally cleans away dead skin cells."—Lisa Hedley, founder and creative director of the Mayflower Inn and Spa, Washington, Conn.

Consider fish oil

"Anti-inflammatories are the best anti-agers out there. From improving heart and immune functions to helping hair grow and skin look supple, they truly do wonders. I take three 500 milligram capsules of omega-3 fish oil in the morning and at night. I look for labels that say, 'molecularly distilled for purity,' which means pesticide-free."—Arlene Noodleman, MD, medical director of the Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness Center, Campbell, Calif.




Keep it simple

"Because I'm a plastic surgeon, companies send me so many skin-care samples—and some of them have 10 different steps! But I'm realistic, so there's no way I'm going to sign up for some huge beauty system that costs hundreds of dollars and requires a commitment that I'm not willing to make. Honestly, here's my daily skin-care routine: I go home, wash my face with a drugstore
cleanser, put on a moisturizer, and fall into bed. I find that this simple regimen works well for me."—Karen M. Horton, MD, plastic surgeon and reconstructive microsurgeon at the Women's

Plastic Surgery Center, San Francisco

Massage away stress

"I absolutely believe in massage. Moving blocked energy makes me feel younger from the inside out. I especially love reflexology and deep-tissue massage.
If you don’t have the time or money to get one regularly, you can achieve a lot of the same benefits by taking 20 minutes each day to stretch, meditate, and calm yourself, breathing deeply in and out."—Lisa Hedley, Mayflower Inn and Spa

Wear your vitamins

"I use an over-the-counter topical vitamin C cream that has a 30% concentration. It's a wonderful antioxidant that helps my skin repair itself from sun damage. Plus, it has natural sunscreen properties in it, so combining it with my daily SPF has a synergistic effect."—Arlene Noodleman, MD, medical director of the Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness Center, Campbell, Calif.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PEPTIDES - INTELLIGENT INGREDIENTS FOR SKIN AND HAIR REGENERATION

GENERAL FACTS ABOUT AGING AND AESTHETIC ANTI AGING  THERAPY

Aging is a complex biological process influenced by both endogenous  and exogenous factors. Due to the fact that skin health and beauty is considered to be one of the main factors representing overall “well-being”,  research is focusing these days on anti-aging strategies, on delaying the signs of aging as much as possible.
Skin aging is part of the natural human aging process, which becomes evident in the different organs, tissues and cells as years go by. While the aging signs of internal organs are 'invisible', the skin provides first obvious marks of the passing time.
Aging is an inherent process, not a pathological condition. But despite this fact, regarding the entire face, aging is associated with multiple changes in shape and texture - sagging skin, loss of volume, redistribution of fat tissue, loss of bone structure,etc. 
"Healthy, successful aging" - this is today's tendency, meaning minimizing the signs of aging of the human body and - most important! - preventing the installation of age related disorders and delaying the aging process. This is also the main direction of Preventive Aesthetic Dermatology, using different therapy methods - local or systemic, non invasive, instrumental or invasive.


 In clinical practice, “to look better” doesn’t necessarily mean to “look younger.”
The age, previous procedures, general health status, skin type, lifestyle and many other factors should be considered before choosing the therapeutic strategy for a certain individual. The desired therapeutic anti-aging effect of the skin is a continuous, step-by step process, which combines various methods of skin bio-revitalization and rejuvenation, restoration and augmentation of each skin layer, resculpturing of face contour.

One of my preferred anti aging treatment methods is Mesotherapy.
Why?  here are some of the benefits and advantages of mesotherapy:
  • it is a minimal invasive therapy 
  • it does not require general anesthesia 
  • it is a 'lunch break' treatment, with practically no recovery time
  • minimal side effects
  • the results are  very natural looking and even (uniform).
  • generally offers long lasting results.


 WHAT ARE PEPTIDES?

Simple science: peptides are fragments of proteins; peptides themselves are made up of amino acids.
The combination of amino acids in a certain sequence leads to creation of specific peptides - and there are hundreds of peptides. And when peptides are linked in a certain way, they build specific proteins. Proteins are the basic building blocks of the skin.
Scientific studies have revealed that peptides are 'intelligent molecules' that enhance the informational flow necessary to repair damaged skin.  They rebuild the damaged protein blocks of the skin. Their main function is intercellular communication, meaning that they are acting as messengers in the different layers of the skin to transmit information between the cells, and so altering the way these cells function.

With age, the signals communicating instructions to the cells to repair themselves and produce collagen and elastine, which is what keeps the skin smooth, firm and young, are switched off. The main task of the peptides is to communicate new instructions to the cells to restart these activities.
In time, natural peptides lose their capacity and this is the reason our skin looks older, wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, loss of tonus appear.

The BCN Advanced Cocktails-Peptides line is a range of products whose main components are the  new generation peptides which act in synergy with other advanced active ingredients, such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins etc., to achieve spectacular results for the skin and hair.
The peptides act directly in the cell through specific receptors on the cell membrane, modulating, controlling and regulating their biochemical functions.


BCN LUMEN-PEPTIDES
Advanced Whitening Cocktail

BCN Lumen-Peptides is a sterile solution based on a combination of 3 types of active principles for the treatment of hormonal cause pigmentations, due to the aging process and/or post inflammatory hyperpigmentations.
It acts at different levels of the metabolic process of the melanin synthesis in the skin, decreases melanogenic factors, inhibits melanogenesis, increases the cellular detoxification and reduces the melanosome transfer to the keratinocyte.
Thanks to the unique new generation peptides, it intervenes at a subcellular level by modulating the transcription of several melanogenesis key elements. It also regulates the intra and intercellular communication and ensures cell survival.
BCN Lumen-Peptides has in its composition other ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals etc. providing a complete anti aging treatment for a bright, moisturized skin with a luminous, uniform tone.


BCN TENSIS - PEPTIDES
Advanced Firming Cocktail

The formulation of this advanced combination of active principles strengthens and tightens the skin of the face and body. The new generation of peptides act synergically with the different classic active ingredients on all elements of the extracellular matrix (ECM), their synthesis and degradation, contractility, cell adhesion, at the level of the dermis - epidermis union and muscle tone.
The hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and the rest of the components of the formula, take care of the skin health as a whole thanks to their revitalizing actions and other anti-ageing properties.
BCN Tensis - Peptides fights sagging skin and loss of elasticity, restoring the tonus, at the same time.


BCN CAPILLUM - PEPTIDES

Advanced Hair Loss Cocktail
 
It is a sterile solution based on a combination of three groups of active ingredients for the treatment of hormonal type alopecia (androgenetic) or caused by other internal or external factors such as nutritional deficiencies and/or stress. It is a rejuvenating hair treatment and excellent adjuvant of other medical aesthetic solutions for this indication. Its exclusive composition includes new generation peptides that through cell engineering, emit biomodulating protein signals to regulate the elements expression involved in the whole cycle of hair growth. These peptides, in synergy with other specific active principles, regenerate and reinforce the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the dermal papilla, influence the dihydrotestosterone synthesis, increase microcirculation, nutrition and oxygenation, lengthen the anagen phase and avoiding the follicle involution.


















BCN Capillum-Peptides formula is completed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hyaluronic acid, among others for a complete scalp care as, which improve hair appearance and provide a more voluminous and healthier hair.