Wrinkle Fighters
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Some people will do almost anything to look younger. In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Ed Hill tells us how to fight back against the clock, with or without surgery.

We all want to look young forever, but eventually time, the sun and gravity take their toll. The three fundamental rules are to keep skin clean, stay out of the sun and donít smoke. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers some other options to help postpone the effects of aging.

In our 30s, skin becomes drier. Wrinkles may start to show around the mouth, eyes and forehead as collagen begins to break down. Try an alpha-hydroxy cleanser to shed dead cells, and re-hydrate skin with an intense moisturizer. Botox injections can eliminate crows feet and forehead lines, and microdermabrasion can rejuvenate the skin.

In the 40s, skin becomes looser and wrinkles more prominent. Stick with the basics, but consider adding a prescription strength exfoliator. Chemical peel treatments can help smooth lines, fade brown spots and even skin tone.

In the 50s, fat cells begin to collect around the neck and chin, and a once-taut jawline may soften. Facelift surgery can lift and tighten sagging skin. For a non-surgical fix, ask your doctor about a skincare regimen.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.