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As we get older, it’s normal for our skin to slowly lose elasticity and thin out. This is part of our skin’s natural maturation. However, there are a variety of factors that can cause skin age at an accelerated rate. A large factor in “premature skin aging” is a result of free radical activity in the body.

Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation, including radiation from the sun and other sources of UV rays, including tanning beds. Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin. Antioxidant ingredients are already promoted in a number of skin care products available both over-the-counter and by prescription, and are being actively studied in clinical trials for a variety of medicinal uses.

Nine antioxidants to look for when choosing a skincare product:

1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is an antioxidant that is present in the skin and found in various foods, such as vegetables, seeds and meat. It helps the skin appear younger by boosting collagen production and in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Unlike other vitamins, skin derives more of its benefits from vitamin E better through topical treatments than through oral supplements. Vitamin E is available in two forms: alpha-tocopherol (alcohol-based) and alpha-tocopherol acetate. The latter does not penetrate the skin as easily, so make sure you’re reading the labels closely to get maximum benefit of the vitamin E.

2. Lycopene

Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is a carotenoid found in red fruits and vegetables. It is responsible for their red color. In addition to being a healthy choice for your diet, it’s a great choice for improving skin texture because it promotes collagen production and reduces the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles. To get the most benefit from this powerful antioxidant, you can either take a daily supplement or look for skin care products that contain it in topical formulas (lycopene is easily absorbed by the skin).

3. Green Tea

Green Tea has become one of the new age food heroes — a helpful ally in preventing everything from heart disease and cancer to skin aging and weight gain. The secret ingredients are chemicals called catechins, which are antioxidants that can repair cell damage on the skin and repair wrinkles, blemishes or other impurities. When applied to the skin, green tea can reduce sun damage by reducing inflammation and tackling free radicals. (It doesn’t block UV rays.) When choosing a tea, its helpful to know that green tea has over five times the amount of catechins as black tea.

4. Coffee Berry

As an ingredient in anti-aging formulas, coffee berry prevents collagen damage, reduces wrinkles and protects the skin against damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leading to more youthful looking skin.

5. Resveratrol

The antioxidant resveratrol is compound that is commonly found in grapes, nuts, fruits, and red wine (!!!), among others. Separate studies have shown that when topically applied, resveratrol protects against UVB-mediated cutaneous damage and inhibits UVB-mediated oxidative stress.

6. Grape Seed

Grape seed is extracted from vitis vinifera and is rich in proanthocyanidins, which belong to the flavonoid family. Proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants with strong free radical scavenging activities. Grape seed extract has been shown to be an even stronger scavenger of free radicals than vitamins C and E.

7. Genistein

Genistein is an isoflavone derived from soybeans with the capacity to inhibit UV-induced oxidative DNA damage. Genistein, either topically applied or orally supplemented, was shown to effectively protect human skin against UVB-induced skin damage.

8. Niacinamide

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a powerful antioxidant that has shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and de-pigmenting properties. It has also shown to improve the texture and tone of the skin, as well as reduce fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

9. Vitamin C

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient that can only come from the healthy fruits and vegetables that contain it. Vitamin C is known for its cold-fighting power, but it’s also under study for its impact on preventing and reversing aging skin.

It works in two ways: as an antioxidant, as well as a booster of collagen formation — both of which are important to preserving and maintaining skin’s youthful appearance. However, boosting your intake of vitamin C-rich foods does not appear to impact your skin to any measurable degree, so cosmetic companies are hard at work to study whether it can be absorbed through the skin directly via topical creams and lotions.

In addition to eating a healthy diet filled with vitamins, our luxury skin care boutique carries many amazing products loaded with antioxidants.

Our medical aestheticians at our Dallas practice are happy to assist you in your best skin care prescription!

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Nose jobs are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. And when it all comes down to it, there really are only 3 reasons why people consider plastic surgery to alter their noses: they had facial trauma that injured their nose and they want to correct it, they don’t like their natural nose and want to change it, or they have breathing difficulties and hope a nose job will improve them.

Continue reading as Dallas facial plastic surgeon Dr. Bassichis discusses 3 three reasons for getting rhinoplasty in more detail.

Getting a Nose Job Because You’ve Experienced Facial Trauma

Whether you’ve experienced facial trauma in the past that affected your nose from a sports injury, a car accident, or something else, it can be difficult to accept the new look of your nose as it naturally healed. Dallas residents who have had a facial trauma break their noses will tell you that their accidentally broken noses typically don’t naturally heal in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Often times, the best course of treatment to return your nose back to its former look is to undergo reconstructive rhinoplasty. While your individualized surgical plan may include rebreaking the nasal bone, this break will be surgically controlled and totally different from the spontaneous break you experienced before. You can rest assured that Dallas facial plastic surgeon Dr. Bassichis has your end results in mind when he’s preparing your reconstructive nose job surgical plan.

Getting a Nose Job Because You Don’t Like the Look of Your Natural Nose

A common reason that patients visit Dr. Bassichis at Dallas’ Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is that they don’t like the look of their natural nose, and they want to change it surgically. There are a variety of reasons a patient may be displeased with their natural nasal appearance, including feeling like their nose:

  • Doesn’t have an aesthetically pleasing profile
  • Is too big or too small for their face
  • Is too wide or too narrow for their face
  • Is crooked or otherwise misshapen
  • Has an unwanted nasal hump
  • Has nostrils that are either too big or too little

A cosmetic nose job can address all of these aesthetic issues (and more!).

Getting a Nose Job Because You Want to Breathe Easier

Finally, some Dallas rhinoplasty patients don’t choose the surgery for aesthetics at all. On the contrary, these patients have breathing issues but haven’t found relief with other medical solutions like allergy or congestion medications.

If the internal structure of your nose is impeding you from breathing easily, then functional rhinoplasty might be able to help you achieve this goal. Typically focusing on altering your internal nasal shelves, this procedure usually doesn’t involve any cosmetic changes at all.

Whatever Your Reason for Rhinoplasty, Dr. Bassichis Can Help

Whether you desire a nose job for reconstructive, cosmetic, or functional reasons, Dr. Bassichis has tremendous experience with performing the procedures for all of these patient needs.

To move forward with a consultation, schedule an appointment at Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas today by calling (972) 774-1777.

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