FAQ: The Role of Anti-oxidants in Anti-aging

Is there any role that antioxidants play in plastic surgery?

Yes, we incorporate anti-oxidants in my practice to improve the texture of the skin. Anti-oxidants are unique that they can work inside-outside, meaning that supplemental vitamins and skin care with anti-oxidants help the overall skin texture and improve the aging process. In our office, we utilize exclusive skin care products with multiple antioxidants. Vitamin A, C and E are powerful oral vitamins that should be incorporated into your diet and topical after surgery for healing as well as stimulation of collagen and elastin. Vitamin E is a great wound healer. Vitamin A stimulates cell turnover rate thereby speeding healing.

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Do you encourage your pts to include antioxidants in their diets and why?

1) Oxidants= are the enemy of healthy cells. Oxidants thrive by exposure to sunlight, pollution, smoking, drinking alcohol, stress and unhealthy eating habits. 2) Antioxidants play the housekeeper role=”mopping up” free radicals before they get a chance to do harm in your body. 3) Free radicals damage is one of the principal mechanisms of aging. Free radicals are missing various elements so they start stealing from one another thereby damaging other cells (free radicals are in air pollution, sunlight, alcohol, cig smoking, stress)

Do antioxidants play a role in recovery after a surgical proc?

Since surgery can be classified as a “stress” on the body, and we know that stress generates destructive free radicals, than antioxidants certainly play a role by binding the free radicals before they cause their damage. Antioxidants can only be a guardian once therefore they need to be constantly replenished topically and in our diet.

How can antioxidants preserve youthful looking skin, health etc?

Free radicals damage healthy cells thereby compromising your immune system leading to a higher risk for certain diseases. Besides the impact on your health, it also causes the skin to lose its youthful appearance. Antioxidants minimize this destructive effect by binding free radicals together. (Antioxidants. need to be part of our diet and topically administered). Antioxidants thereby protect cells by neutralizing free radicals (they bind to them). They assist in skin repair and strengthening of blood vessels.

Any advice on holiday foods that pollute the body-what effect do they have on physical appearance?

Holiday foods are typically high in sugar. Sugary foods can cause acne. How? High sugar diet causes a change in insulin production, which in turn increases sebaceous gland activity that can cause acne. Also, when you have high levels of blood sugar, the sugar molecules bind to collagen in a process known as glycation. The bound sugar makes the skin stiff and inflexible, which can lead to wrinkles. high sugar diet causes an inflammatory reaction in the skin. This in turn creates high levels of free radicals, which attack the collagen that keeps the skin staying firm. Without enough of this collagen you will start to notice wrinkles.

Alcohol is usually consumed more during the holidays. As we have discussed earlier alcohol generates free radicals.

Stress is higher during holiday. Stress produces free radicals.

Do you encounter patients with imperfection that could be improved upon by a change in diet?

Processed foods, too little fiber, excess sugar, poor eating habits, =free radicals=aging skin +++whatever you want to say here. Quitting junk food and sugary foods will also decrease acne. Eating foods high in antioxidants will combat these oxidants before they damage skin.

Can antioxidants in diet improve the rate at which we age?

Free radical damage is one of the principal mechanisms of aging. They damage any structure in a living cell.

Generally speaking, the more free radicals a human produces the shorter the life span.

Recommend prod supplements antioxidant. Rich foods.

Vit A-Beta-Carotene

Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potato, tomatoes collards, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots

Vitamin C-Ascorbic Acid-citrus fruits, oranges, limes, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries raw cabbage, tomatoes

Vitamin E-wheat germ, nuts, seeds whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, fish liver oil

Flavanoids have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic activity

COQ10-Lipoic Acid-cystiene, and methionine are potent antioxidant.

Also Copper peptides, Spin Trap, Green Tea, Alpha Lipoic Acid are antioxidants

Also remember that sunscreen is extremely important in this process. Sunscreen protects the skin against the onslaught of free radicals while antioxidants build up the skin’s natural defenses to combat the occurrence of free radical activity.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery

Put On A Happy Face: Why Your Facial Expressions Can Bring You Joy

By Dr. Alexander Avila and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh

Betsy, a forty-two year old engineer, was a good person, a hard worker, but she always looked like she was worried or angry. She had furrowed brows that made her look worried; she had a tight smile that made her look angry. Betsy not only looked sad and angry, but she also felt that way most of the time. As a result, people avoided her, and she was single and lonely. She wanted to feel happier, but she didn’t know how.

The field of psychology sheds light into the predicament of people like Betsy who have faces that give them a sad and angry look. According to the facial feedback hypothesis, facial movement can influence emotional experience. If you smile a lot, you will feel happier. If you frown, you will feel sadder. Your facial expressions actually release certain brain chemicals that can affect your mood, either positively or negatively. For example, when you smile, endorphins are released; these are the body’s natural painkillers that create feelings of comfort and security. In the case of Betsy, her facial expressions actually created her negative emotional states: sadness, anger, fear.

In one research study, the participants placed a pen in their mouths in one of several ways. One way was to put a pen in what was called the “Lip” position, which would contract the orbicularis oris muscle, resulting in a frown. In the other “Teeth” position, the pen would affect the zygomaticus major (or risorius muscle), resulting in a smile, Afterwards, the subjects were asked to rate the funniness of a cartoon. The Teeth group (which had the smiles) had significantly higher amusement ratings than those in the Lip group (which had the frowns). Thus, smiling made the subjects enjoy the cartoon more; they had a better time than the frowning group.

To test the facial feedback hypothesis out for yourself, try this exercise for a few days: When you’re feeling depressed, go to your bathroom mirror and smile. Exaggerate your smile, laugh a little, make some funny faces. You will soon discover that whatever you were worried about will diminish, and you will find that your mood is elevated. You just feel better.

Now, there is a new cosmetic approach to feeling better permanently by chemically altering your facial expressions, so positive emotions are created, instead of negative ones.

According to Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, Harvard-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, botox injected into the upper face can cut down on the appearance of negative emotions, most notably anger, but also fear and sadness:

Botox relaxes the corrugator supercilii and the procerus, which are responsible for brow furrowing. This, in turn, creates a more youthful, relaxed, and pleasant look, as well as positively affecting the person’s emotional balance.”

Botox can also be injected into the “depressor anguli oris” muscle which will improve position of the corner of the mouth.

Another option suggests Dr. Azizzadeh, is using Restylane, Radiesse, or Sculptra to fill in the marionette lines, which will reduce the “sad” appearance, in turn, help you feel better and more positive about yourself and your life.

Smile and the whole world smiles with you; frown and you frown alone. This is not just a famous maxim, it is a scientifically validated fact: Now, you can look and feel much better with a few minor touches of a facial plastic surgeon’s hand. You can finally show the world that you look as good as you feel, and you feel as good as you look.

For more information, contact

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh: www.facialplastics.info
Dr. Alexander Avila: www.lovetypes.com

How could your life change if you were better rested when you woke up each morning?

Confidence can find you sleeping better, and longer, than you have since childhood.

How could your work life change if you experienced job growth, a new promotion or simply more effectiveness on the job?

Confident people aren’t just more successful, they’re happier doing what they do best for a living and, as a result, are rewarded both professionally and financially.

What would you could experience better romantic relationships without fear of intimacy or insecurity?

Confidence can give you your love life back – and then some.

Continuing in our series on plastic surgery and confidence, this week I’m going to share with you the final gifts of confidence I’ve identified – gifts 8, 9 and 10 – which will have you feeling more rested, experiencing unprecedented job growth and even finding more romance in your romantic relationships:

When was the last time you went to bed without a head full of worries? Without tossing and turning while wishing your skin would clear up, you had less wrinkles, a smaller, better defined nose or a softened brow?

Insecurity can seep unnoticed into our quietest hours, making us restless when we need rest the most and making it hard to go back to sleep if we wake unexpectedly throughout the night. Worry, particularly about our physical appearance, can sap our energy throughout the day and leave us feeling drained at night.

We hear many patients complain that they’ve been worrying about their appearance for years and that, eventually, it literally “keeps them up at night.” You don’t have to be obsessed about your appearance for it to make you feel restless, down and depressed, which naturally affects your sleeping habits; simply being preoccupied with one facial feature or your overall appearance is enough to disrupt your sleep for days, weeks and even months at a time. And we all know how a bad night’s sleep makes for a less-than-stellar morning.

Confident people rest easier because that preoccupation is gone; they no longer obsess over this facial feature or that, this aspect of their appearance or that. As a result, they are happier with the face that hits the pillow every night – and that happiness results in better sleep, longer sleep and a more restful waking each morning.

Now, what could you do with a lot more energy in your life?!?

Confidence can give you back your energy, courtesy of the gift of more restful sleep.

The Ninth Gift of Confidence: Job growth

When you are more confident at work, it pays off in more ways than one. For instance, think of how much better you’ll be able to concentrate without the preoccupation about your appearance getting in the way.

Think of how that improved concentration will help you perform on the job, produce more, get better feedback and leave you free to have intelligent conversations that aren’t blighted by self-doubt, worry or insecurity.

When we doubt ourselves, when we think we’re unattractive or even “unworthy,” we tend to look away from people when we speak to them, escape conversations at the first chance we get, even cover our mouths when we smile. People notice these insecurities (especially colleagues and supervisors) and, frankly, it puts promotions where we’ll be dealing with more people – and hence feel more insecure – at risk.

Don’t limit your workplace landscape; having more confidence in your appearance will ripple through every other area of your life, particularly in the workplace, where you’ll finally be able to live up to your potential because you feel so much better about your appearance – and yourself.

The Tenth Gift of Confidence: Better romantic relationships

Relationships are a part of daily life; we don’t live in a vacuum and every day we come into contact with dozens of people who impact our lives negatively or positively. From the paperboy to the parking lot security guard, from our colleagues to our employers, from our family to our friends, when we lack the confidence to interact with these people freely, happily and openly, these relationships suffer.

But few relationships suffer more from insecurity and lack of confidence than our most romantic, our most intimate, relationships. Many patients voice their concerns over lack of intimacy because of their physical appearance; they’re unhappy with their bodies, their faces or one particular feature that it prevents them from feeling comfortable in their own skin.

Some of our patients complain to us that they can’t be intimate with the lights on; some even feel uncomfortable being undressed in front of their loved one. And since intimacy is so vital to a successful, healthy relationship, naturally, these romantic relationships suffer as a result.

But they don’t have to; renewed confidence can get you to feel more attractive, even sexier, and as a result has a huge impact on your romantic relationships. Feeling better about your appearance can help you feel better about yourself, and when you feel better, all your relationships improve – in particular your romantic ones!

I hope by now you can see how these final few gifts can make you feel and look better while increasing your confidence daily. Now that you’ve seen how these 10 Gifts of Confidence can improve your life on a daily basis, consider how your life might change if you, too, felt the gifts of confidence personally.

You can, you know; the first of these gifts are only a consultation away…

About the Author: Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is the founder and Director of The Center for Facial & Nasal Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Azizzadeh is one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in the country with an expertise in rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation and restoration.

Dr. Azizzadeh is the author of top-selling plastic surgery textbook, Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and the upcoming textbook Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty & Nasal Reconstruction and Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets. He has been featured in the Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Elle and numerous other media outlets.