We found this news in Aesthetic Medicine Magazine highlighting the dangers of sunbathing as we start to see better weather. Last year changemyface created an shocking image of the singer Sandi Thom to show how she would look as she aged using sunbeds – and also without. The difference is quite astonishing.

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Skin cancer rises among young women 08 Apr 2009 Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer for women in their 20s. Cancer Research UK, which launched its SunSmart campaign today, released figures that show that a woman within this age range is diagnosed with malignant melanoma almost every day. It has also risen to become the third most common cancer among women in their 30s, after breast and cervical cancers. Cancer Research puts the blame for the rise on an increasing use of sunbeds and “binge tanning” on overseas holidays. However, as well as advising the public to avoid such excessive exposure to UV, the charity’s campaign will emphasise the benefits of regularly using high SPFs in skincare – to protect against both melanoma and skin ageing. “Excessive exposure to UV damages the DNA in skin cells which increases the risk of skin cancer and makes skin age faster,” said Caroline Cerny, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign manager.

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changemyface shows Coleen Nolan what her 40-a-day habit is doing to her skin….

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Loose Women star Coleen Nolan has looked into the future and it has given her the shock of her life.

Auriole Prince, age progression artist shows the Mirror columnist how she may look in 10 and 20 years if she carries on smoking 40 cigarettes a day. The photos frightened Coleen so much that she has vowed to kick her habit.

The Dancing on Ice contestant gets the harrowing glimpse of her future during tonight’s The Truth About…Eternal Youth, a TV documentary about people’s obsession with looking young.

Coleen, 44, goes to London’s Harley Street and meets facial imaging artist Auriole Prince who reveals how wrinkles could spread across her face. Auriole shows her the image of how she could look in 10 years and told her: “I’ve increased the wrinkles around your eyes, especially as I hear you smoke 40 a day, and I’ve looked at your crow’s feet under the eyes. I’ve made your skin tone more grey as smoking effects the quality of the skin.”

Coleen replies: “Ok, I get the point, stop smoking.” She is then shown how she would look in 20 years’ time and stunned Coleen adds: “I think my husband might start divorce proceedings now.” After the programme, Coleen said she hoped she could do something about the images.

She said: “It was quite shocking. I know that smoking is one of the worst things that you can do for your skin. I am hoping to give up very soon.

“That is my plan and I am going out to buy nicotine patches because it is a promise I made to my daughter. Also I was amazed about the amount of sun damage my face had. I’m not a sunworshipper but I was shocked at the damage I had.

Mark Jefferies 2/04/2009

Check out ‘The Truth About Beauty’ tomorrow evening where we show Dancing on Ice’s Coleen Nolan how she will look in the future according to her lifestyle – it’s not all together a pretty sight as Coleen is still on 20 cigs a day which is not good for the looks. We also show you how she would look if she had her teeth done and if she had a facelift. Keep watching as we’ll post the results soon! Watch ‘The Truth About Beauty’ on ITV 1 on Thursday at 9pm.

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I am fast approaching 40 and wondering – what makes us age, why does it happen and can we slow the ageing process down? It seems every morning,  I wake up to a new wrinkle and a few more grey hairs and my thoughts turn to getting old and dying…..Auriole Prince found this article which explains what happens in our bodies to make us age and what we can do to slow the process down…

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Lucy was age progressed by changemyface to reflect her unhealthy lifestyle.

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Why we age

Ageing is the result of a build-up of damage in our bodies’ cells

Ageing is the result of a build-up of damage in our bodies’ cells. It takes a long time for the damage to get to a level where it may harm us, but eventually we can no longer overlook it.

The protein fibres keeping our skin and artery walls elastic go through changes that lead to loss of that vital flexibility. The DNA strands inside our cells get damaged, too. Ultimately, the cells’ energy production systems fail.

An important type of damage is oxidisation, the result of attacks by free radicals. Oxidisation rusts metal, makes fat go rancid and causes browning of peeled fruits and vegetables. It also helps to make us age.

Our bodies have evolved powerful antioxidant enzymes to guard cells against free radicals, but these defences aren’t 100 per cent.

Role of genes

Longevity tends to run in families. The genes influencing the ageing process seem to be those that influence how well the body maintains and repairs its cells.

The risk of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s also appears also to have a genetic component.

Lifestyle factors

We can control some aspects of the process

Ageing isn’t all down to our genes. We can control some aspects of the process.

The lifestyle choices we make are important. We can eat food that burdens our bodies with saturated fats, for example, or we can eat food that’s high in natural antioxidants to aid the body’s defences.

We can exercise so our natural systems for renewal and repair keep our muscles, lungs and blood circulatory system in good shape, and we can stretch our minds to reinforce the networks of connection between brain cells.

Uncertain future

We know ageing catches up with all of us in the end, but we don’t know exactly what lies in store.

Some people keep their mental faculties intact until they’re 100, while others can get dementia in their 50s. Some people retain their mobility, but others with conditions such as arthritis find it more difficult.

This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in July 2007.
First published in March 2000. www.bbc.co.uk/health

Botox lifts your mood

March 13, 2009

Some more good news about Botox! We found this in Aesthetic Medicine Magazine

Botox cosmetic injections for frown lines and wrinkles can alleviate depression, according to a new study by Michael Lewis PhD, School of Psychology, Cardiff University and Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Court House Clinic, London.

Published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and presented at the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors annual conference, the new research suggested that relaxation of the corrugator (frown) muscles leads to less facial feedback for negative emotions. The authors asserted that the impact of this means a negative mood is harder to maintain and so the individual has a more positive mood.

Localised facial muscular paralysis is a consequence of the use of botulinum toxin type A (e.g. Botox or Dysport) for cosmetic dermatology. As well as being responsible for frown lines, the frown muscles – often treated with botulinum toxin – are universally important in the expression of negative emotions including sadness, fear, anger and distress.

The relaxation of these muscles means that the ability to form facial expressions of these emotions is reduced. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that people who have received Botox treatments for frown lines are rated as showing less negative facial expressions. The facial feedback effect suggests that the paralysis of muscles associated with negative emotions may have effects beyond the outward appearance of emotion.

We’re always interested in the ageing process and how much of it is determined by genes and how much is determined by environmental factors. This study looking at identical twins confirms that external factors significantly contribute to the ageing process. We found this article in Aesthetic Medicine Magazine:

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A new study involving identical twins has suggested that despite genetic make-up, certain environmental factors, such as the use of antidepressants, can add years to a person’s perceived age.

Results published on the web version of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), show that factors such as divorce or the use of antidepressants can be significantly ageing.

Dr Bahaman Guyuron, ASPS member surgeon and study author, professor and chairman, department of plastic surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, said, “In this study, we looked at identical twins because they are genetically programmed to age exactly the same, and in doing so we essentially discovered that, when it comes to your face, it is possible to cheat your biological clock.”

During the study, Guyuron and colleagues obtained comprehensive questionnaires and digital images from 186 pairs of identical twins. The images were reviewed by an independent panel, who then recorded the perceived age difference between the siblings.

The results revealed that twins who had been divorced appeared nearly two years older than their siblings who were married, single or even widowed.

Antidepressant use was associated with a significantly older appearance and weight too was found to play a major factor. In those sets of twins who were less than 40 years old, the heavier twin was perceived as being older, while in those groups over 40 years old, the heavier twin appeared younger.

“The presence of stress could be one of the common denominators in those twins who appeared older,” commented Guyuron. Additionally, researchers thought that continued relaxation of the facial muscles owing to antidepressant use, could account for sagging.

“This research is important for two reasons,” said Guyuron. “First, we have discovered a number of new factors that contribute to aging and second, our findings put science behind the idea that volume replacement rejuvenates the face.”

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Changemyface used its specialised age progression imaging skills to show how 10 children will look in 30 years time according to statistical data on obesity. The problem of obesity is growing at such an alarming rate the National Health system could be bankrupted as a result by 2030.

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This is Holly – one of 10 children age progressed 30 years – statistically 6 out of 10 will be overweight, 3 will be clinically obese and only 1 will be a healthy normal size.

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It’s always fun to see how See how the Hollywood stars will look with some virtual nip tuck….changemyface created these images for UK TV’s Extreme Cosmetic Surgery.

Cameron Diaz with nose reshaped.

Reece Witherspoon with chin made smaller.

Sarah Jessica Parker with nose reshaped.

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How did they look before? We found some of celebrity before and after pics for you….

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Britney Spears’ nose

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Victoria Beckham’s Breast enlargement

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Ashlee Simpson – see the nose?

You can see more at www.celebrityplastics.com

‘I was completely black and blue’

Dawn Cracknell

Ms Cracknell went to Prague for cosmetic surgery

UK plastic surgeons say they are seeing more and more people who need follow-up treatment after cosmetic surgery done abroad has gone wrong.

They are warning that such patients should not always be entitled to NHS help except in emergencies. So why do people seek surgery overseas?

Dawn Cracknell decided drastic action was needed. After having four children, she was unhappy with her body.

“I couldn’t get undressed in front of my husband and our sex life was suffering,” says the 33-year-old from Norfolk. “I decided I wanted cosmetic surgery.”

Back in 2006 she started looking at the cost for a tummy tuck, but soon realised that the £10,000-plus prices being quoted by UK surgeons was out of her reach.

“I began to think about going abroad. I really researched it and spoke to NHS surgeons. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable option so I decided to head to a clinic in Prague.

“I was there for 10 days in total – two pre-operation, eight post.”

I was completely black and blue. More so than the other woman who had had a tummy tuck
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The flight, accommodation and treatment – a tummy tuck and liposuction – cost her less than £3,000.

But as soon a she had it done she started to worry.

“I was completely black and blue. More so than the other woman who had had a tummy tuck.

“When I got back I noticed the wound was not healing and a lump was developing. I rang the clinic and they told me to come back but I couldn’t afford to.

“When it got worse I turned to the NHS.

“After eight months I eventually got to see a surgeon in Norwich and he told me blood was collecting behind the wound because they had cut through too much muscle.

“I was so upset.”

Since then she has had the blood drained on a regular basis, but it still keeps returning.

She has now had two operations to clear up the problem and although it is improving she is still finding blood collects.

“It is horrible. I have terrible scars and the lump just comes back.

“I think people should think very carefully about going for cosmetic treatment abroad.”