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Your skin, just like every other organ and tissue of the body, goes through certain changes as it ages. Unlike other parts of your body, however, the telltale signs of aging skin are on the outside. Your age is apparent to everyone you meet—they can see it in your skin.

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Brown spots have been called many things over the years (not all of them flattering). Historically, brown spots were called senile lentigo. At some point, lentigo became known as liver spots, which is not much better. Today, what most of these spots are called age spots. While the term age spot isn’t necessarily flattering, it accurate. Age spots are more prevalent in older individuals. The number of spots increases as aging skin becomes thinner and years of exposure to the sun take their toll.

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Most people consciously look at a person’s eyes, nose, and mouth when reading the details of a person’s face. However, our brain’s unconsciously recognize that the cheeks convey message of youthfulness or age, health or sickness, beauty or plainness. Indeed, the way the cheeks look says a lot about our overall appearance.

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Your chin is the anchor for your entire face. A recessed chin can make a normal-sized nose appear too large, or make the upper jaw seem too large compared to the rest of the face. Your chin also defines your profile. Your chin defines your jawline and plays a huge role in your overall appearance. Even relatively minor changes in the size, shape, and contour of the chin can have a dramatic effect on your face and overall appearance.

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Sweating is the normal response to an increase in body temperature. The skin produces sweat to cool the body after vigorous exercise or extended periods in a hot environment. Some people, however, sweat excessively. They produce more sweat than is needed to cool the body, and sweat even when body temperature is normal. While certain conditions can cause excessive sweating such as night sweats or menopausal hot flashes, some people experience it without any particular cause. This form of excessive sweating is called primary hyperhidrosis, and it can cause serious social, professional, and psychological problems.

 

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Our eyes convey many messages. They can show surprise, happiness, excitement, or sadness. They convey subtle hints and provide important information during human conversation. The eyes tell another story—a story not everyone wants to tell. The eyes tell a person’s age. Premature aging of the eyes may tell the wrong story, making people seem old older, more tired, and less healthy than they really are. Fortunately, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can set the story straight, by removing years from a person’s eyes.

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People who are unhappy with their lips are usually unhappy for at least one of four reasons:

  • The lips are too thin or not full enough
  • The lips are too thick or too full
  • The upper lip seems to have almost disappeared as they grow older
  • When they smile, too much of their upper gums are visible (i.e. a gummy smile)
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Do you have a mole that you want to get rid of? Many of us have moles, but not all are created equal. For some, it is nothing more than a large freckle and doesn’t tend to bother us. For others, it can be unsightly, much darker in color than surrounding skin, or located on a part of the face or torso that triggers self-conscious anxiety or even embarrassment when it’s exposed. Moles can change slightly in color as we age, while some fade and gradually disappear.

Regardless of the reasons, you may want that mole gone, and you want it gone now. Before you resort to possibly harmful home remedies, be aware of several important factors.

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Are you happy with the size, shape, and profile of your nose? Does it make you feel self-conscious? Nearly one in four people are unhappy with at least one aspect of their nose. Are you one of them?

Unhappiness with your nose can trigger feelings of inferiority, embarrassment, or low self-esteem. It can keep you from feeling confident and impair social and professional functioning.

Perhaps the shape of your nose is unappealing to you because it is too broad or too large. Perhaps you don’t like it because the profile is uneven or bumpy. Maybe you had trauma at some point that resulted in a crooked nose or asymmetric one. Some of these defects may be subtle, but changing them through facial plastic surgery can have dramatic and positive effects to your entire face.

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A scar is a permanent reminder of trauma to the skin. A scar can be caused by a number of injuries, from cuts and burns to blisters from chickenpox. Scars and scar tissue can affect people in different ways. For many, the presence of a scar is constant source of embarrassment that robs them of self-confidence. Fortunately, scar revision and scar removal procedures can reduce the undesirable appearance of scars and restore a person’s self-assurance in social and professional settings.

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Are you tired of looking it yourself in the mirror and seeing those under eye bags staring back at you? You try to get enough sleep, reduce the stress in your life, and have resorted to every home remedy you can think of to get rid of them. Unfortunately, under eye bags can be stubborn and difficult to eradicate.

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At one time or another, most of us have had to deal with unwanted hair. Unwanted hair may be on the face or on the body.

Areas of unwanted hair include:

  • Hair on the top of the lip and/or chin
  • Hair on the surface of the cheeks
  • Underarm hair
  • Forearm hair
  • Leg hair
  • Back hair
  • Areola (nipple hair)
  • Chest hair
  • Excessive eyebrow hair (e.g. unibrow)
  • Dark hair in an area without hair or with only fine, light-colored hair

Many women rely on a number of home remedies like homemade pastes containing everything from papaya to turmeric, sugar, lemon, and honey mixtures to remove unwanted facial and body hair. Some home remedies can be quite harsh on the skin and cause irritation such as redness or rash. For people with sensitive skin, these ingredients may cause painful allergic reactions.

Men also experience issues with body hair. The most common complaint about unwanted hair among men is excessive hair growing on the back, shoulders, and torso.

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A smile or a frown will produce facial wrinkles. The muscles of the face retract the skin, causing small folds and creases. When we are young, the skin snaps back into its normal, creaseless state. This is because the skin has ample amounts of collagen and other substances that keep the skin full, plump, and resilient.

As we age, we lose those youthful substances like collagen. The skin becomes thinner and looser. Smiling or frowning still creates wrinkles and creases, but now they are deeper. And those wrinkles and creases remain even after we stop smiling or frowning.

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