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Learn the 4 steps to looking younger

September 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local doctor outlines the four most effective steps to looking younger.Linda Walker, 48, smiles a lot and she's got the lines to prove it.

"My forehead has lines. I can tell from my expressions and smiling," said Walker. "I do smile a lot so these can all add to it."

She's also concerned about lines around her lips and age spot on her cheeks. But the last thing she wants is a face lift.

"I'm not a big fan of surgery. That's a personal preference for me. I know a lot of people do it," adds Walker. "But if there's alternative things for me to do, maybe less expensive, not having anesthesia."

"I think women can definitely look younger for less without having to go under the knife," said dermatologist Dr. Shirley Chi.

Dr. Chi outlines the four basic steps to looking younger:

  • Even if you have tan skin use good sun block
  • Use an anti-aging or anti-oxidant cream at bedtime
  • Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells
  • For deep wrinkles some people may need to use fillers
Dr. Chi says that Botox is not a filler it is a muscle relaxant.

"The different fillers that are FDA approved out now include: Restylane, Juviderm, Perlayne, Sculptra, which is new FDA approved," explains Dr. Chi. "There's a whole host of others. Radiesse is one of them and they are used in different places."

She adds that there are some side effects.

"All fillers have a downside such as, redness, swelling, a potential for nodules. You might even have an allergic reaction," explains Dr. Chi. "So it's important to find a doctor who has a lot of experience."

Dr. Chi also warns that if you do decide to get a filler go somewhere that has a good track record.

"Don't let the spa down the street do this because your under eye area is very fragile so you have to be careful," said Dr. Chi.

In the long run, Botox and fillers can run you thousands of dollars, but many women prefer this over the onetime cost, and risks of surgery. Dr. Chi says if you start in your 40s and 50s, these four steps can help you maintain youthful skin well into your senior years.

"I think it's all about how you feel and you look and how you live your going to live your life," said Dr. Chi. "So personal preference, I would definitely consider these things that are out there."

Dr. Chi says if you are looking for a good anti-aging or anti-oxidant cream she recommends Renova.

"The one I like the best is Renova. That's a vitamin A derivative and what it does is increase collagen production. So you want to use it at bedtime."

If you're a smoker, try to quit because that can certainly speed up aging of the skin. And don't skimp on the first step which is to wear sunscreen daily even if you spend most of your days indoors.

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