With cosmetic in-office procedures growing at extensive rates, we sat down with Dr. Goldfaden to ask him a few questions on aging in general and the key roles that topical and surgical treatments play in the overall aging process.

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Why is it so important to take proper care of your skin?

“First and foremost for health purposes. Skin cancer can be fatal if not detected early and treated. In today’s world with all we know about healthy lifestyle, exercise and proper skincare, it is possible to look youthful and healthy as we age. While it is important to take care of the skin from the outside in, it is equally important to take care of it from the inside out. Healthy skin begins inside. A lifestyle that consists of fresh vegetable, fruits, lean protein and essential fats will only help skin to look healthier.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

Is there ever a circumstance where topical skincare products takes less priority than surgical/non-surgical treatments?

“In cosmetic cases this is a personal preference. For example severe sun damage may be helped quicker with a series of lasers than just using skincare and the same goes for combating fine lines and wrinkles (topical fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid vs. Injections). Every surgical or non surgical treatment comes with consequences and risks which need to also be taken into account. However, yes there are some skin issues that need more treatment than solely skincare products.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

If a woman wants to look her best forever what are your three tips for doing so?

“Exfoliate often, wear SPF everyday and hydrate the skin. From our core collection the use of Doctors Scrub a few times a week will suffice for exfoliation purposes. Try Sun Visor SPF30 for daily protection and Vital Boost for overall even skin tone and hydration.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

How much is biological and how much is care when it comes to ageing?

“Everyone is going to age-we cannot stop that. However with the right type of skincare treatments and products the appearance of the signs of aging will be diminished. For example collagen and elastin start to breakdown as we age but using products that encourage collagen production, we can attain the effects and look more youthful.”Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

Do you think skincare, non-invasive beauty treatments and surgery can work in tandem beautifully?

“Absolutely. This is a personal choice for the patient but yes it can. There is a fine line in not overdoing it but that can be accomplished with open communication with your doctor and a plan.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

If there was one skin-saving rule we should follow what would you recommend?

“Wear sunscreen.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden

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