No cringing - Kick up your heels!
Every stage of life has its’ physical challenges. Infants get colic, toddlers get croup, teenagers get acne, and so on. At our stage of life we get stuff too. Instead of saying to yourself, “I’m getting OLD,” look at whatever physical change you see as a challenge and find a cure. Don’t resign yourself or blame age. There are drops for colicky babies and vaporizers for toddlers with croup, There is help for us too. I’ve found some cures that work.
Arthritis - Women in our age group tend to develop some arthritis in hands, hips and knees. Fish oils (Omega 3s) do wonders for joint swelling and pain. Fish oils are terrific for cardiovascular health too. You can take Advil and all the other anti-inflammatory drugs, but they produce side effects and only cover up the pain. Omega 3 oils actually remove the inflammation. (Fish oils tend to make me nauseous. If that’s the case for you, buy the ones that have an enteric coating.)
Hands – The hands show age quickly, especially if you are outdoors a lot without sun screen. Retin A works very well on skin all over the body including the hands. Retin A is the only product approved by the FDA to improve poor skin quality. Renova is a less drying version of Retin A works and well for sensitive or dry skin. If you have dark spots on your hands, Retin A will help. But the best treatment for dark spots is hydoquinone cream. This is a skin bleach which works. It also needs a prescription. Patience is rquired because these products do not work overnight. They take months to show their best results. But if stay with the treatment every night along with sun screen every day, you’ll see good results.
Neck – The neck shows wear and tear early on. You can use Retin A if your neck is not too bad off. The Retin A will tighten the skin over time. But if there is a fair amount of sagging, try a laser treatment. Go to a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Doctors of all types know how much money cosmetic surgeons make and will try to get into the field without training. With a board certified provider you’ll pay more, but you’ll get a first rate job which will last for years and years. If you have a true turkey wobble then the answer is a neck lift. This is surgery with general anesthesia and it will cost a fair amount, but the results can be spectacular.
A word of caution: The most dangerous part of any surgery is the anesthesia. If you decide to get a neck lift or a full face and neck lift, be sure there will be a board certified anesthesiologist present throughout the surgery. Some cosmetic surgeons try to cut costs by using a nurse/ anesthesiologist instead of a fully qualified physician with complete training in anesthesiology. If there is no board certified anesthesiologist, go to another doctor.
Hair Loss –As hormones readjust after menopause, some women start losing hair. Rogaine is approved by the FDA and works to revive hair follicles which are inactive due to high stress or hormonal changes. Rogaine which is now available in generic form, is inexpensive and works wonders. It’s available at Target and other mass marketers. Apply it to the scalp morning and night with a dropper. It takes several months before you see the results. But again you must have some patience and be consistent in use. If you stick with it you’ll get most of your hair back and prevent further loss.
On Thursday I’ll post more “Fixes” Stay tuned…