Anti-Aging Tips from the Plastic Surgeon

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

Sun Protection
Avoiding excessive sunbathing and using sunscreen can reduce skin exposure to harmful UV radiation. Consistent use of sun protection products is the best defense not only against skin cancer but also against wrinkles and pigmentation disorders.

Sleep is the most neglected anti-aging tool we have. The average adult should sleep 7-8 hours per night. Unfortunately, most do not meet this quota. Good sleep hygiene is associated with improved mood, better alertness during the day, and enhanced memory performance. Use blue light blockers on your digital devices at night to fall asleep more easily. Avoid exercising or stimulants shortly before bedtime.

Less Sugar
A diet high in sugar is harmful to your entire organism, including your skin. Reduce sweets in your diet; your health and appearance will thank you.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin important for the formation of collagen in the skin. It is found in many foods and supplied in sufficient amounts with a healthy, balanced diet.

Quit Smoking
Smoking is known to be harmful to health. Regarding your skin, the chemicals in smoke contribute to fine lines around the mouth and poorer circulation, leading to worse wound healing and increased risk in a variety of surgeries.

30 Minutes of Exercise a Day
Our increasingly busy personal and professional lives make it difficult for many people to get enough physical activity. Try to engage in intense exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Besides the cardiovascular benefits, exercise is associated with hormone production that provides a sense of well-being and helps with sleep. Exercise prevents obesity and supports digestion.

Preventive Use of Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum toxin has been proven to reduce facial expression wrinkles, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. Preventive or early use of this medication prevents the formation of wrinkles before they become permanent and visible even at rest.

Vitamin A
Retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A, is one of the most commonly used topical anti-aging therapies for the skin. Initially used to treat acne, it has skin-enhancing properties. Routine use of retinoic acid-containing skincare products leads to accelerated skin regeneration and can be used except during planned or ongoing pregnancy.

Youthful Fullness through Hyaluronic Acid and Autologous Fat
A sign of aging in the face is the loss and sagging of subcutaneous fat tissue, leading to saggy cheeks, hollow eyes, sunken temples, and thin lips. Slim people often look older sooner. Replacing this missing volume is an effective and minimally invasive way to preserve youthfulness. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s own connective tissue. Injected under the skin, it plumps up the subcutaneous tissue and even models facial proportions like a receding chin, thin lips, dark circles, a slight hook nose, or missing cheekbones or jawline contour. The treatment must be repeated every 6 to 18 months. Ingesting or applying hyaluronic acid creams does not help. Those interested in a permanent solution should consider lipofilling or an autologous fat transfer.

Non-Invasive Skin Treatments

Radiofrequency or ultrasound skin tightening, laser skin resurfacing, microneedling, dermabrasion, PRP treatments, chemical peels, or PDO threads can help make the skin look visually younger. These applications either remove the top layers of skin for a fresher complexion, better circulation, and correction of pigmentation disorders, veins, and (acne) scars, or ultimately lead to more collagen formation in the deeper skin layers through a scarring reaction. Since “scarring” doesn’t sound particularly attractive, the effect is often described as “regeneration.” Regular repetition of the measures is necessary to maintain the effect. These treatments are far less efficient than surgical measures but are usually cheaper and associated with less risk.

This list shows that there are many things we can do ourselves to prevent visible aging. When it’s time for more professional help, turn to a certified plastic surgeon in your area who is a member of the Swiss Society for Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery.