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TIPS FOR AGING WELL

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It is impossible to avoid the aging process altogether, but there are ways to take it in stride. Dr. Mark X. Lowney, a cosmetic surgeon serving Fall River, Mass., and the surrounding areas, suggest that everyone interested in aging will start with the following everyday habits.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

The benefits of regular exercise are many: weight control, low blood pressure, stronger muscles, and, according to some studies, a decreased risk of age-related memory loss. Exercise does not need to involve heavy weights or rigorous cardio activity — walking, swimming, and gentle callisthenic moves are great ways to get exercise. Stretching is also helpful to keep the muscles long and limber and the body flexible. Yoga in particular can offer relief from painful conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

STAY OUT OF THE SUN

Too much exposure to the sun can accelerate the skin’s aging and increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun at its peak hours are key to protecting the skin’s health and appearance.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Getting adequate restful sleep is critical to lowering the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health conditions. Recent studies show a link between insomnia and accelerated aging of the brain. What’s more, “beauty sleep” is real; during sleep, the body releases a hormone to help restore collagen and elastin — two proteins essential to keeping skin firm and healthy. Aim for at least seven to nine hours per night, on the recommendation of the National Sleep Foundation.

TURN BACK THE CLOCK WITH A LITTLE HELP

If despite your best efforts, you are bothered by the fact that your appearance does not reflect your youthful spirit and energy, you should seek out a good cosmetic surgeon. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures to help “turn back the clock” and take seven to 10 years off your appearance. Depending on your age, specific aesthetic concerns, and desired outcomes, a facelift, eyelid lift, or treatment with cosmetic injectables might be appropriate for you.

Dr. Lowney is a trusted cosmetic surgeon that has helped thousands of people look and feel better. If you are bothered by noticeable signs of aging or gravity, schedule a personal consultation to meet Dr. Lowney and discuss your personal needs and goals. Call or email Advanced Body Sculpting of New England today to make your appointment.

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