By HEATHER LISTHARTKE

We all age. It’s a fact of life.

The thought of declining health, reduced energy, increased forgetfulness, and the incessant aches and pains that might come along the way, are enough for anyone to get frustrated. Aging, however, doesn’t have to be something that just happens, you can control the effects of aging with some simple treatments that minimize the symptoms to help you look and, most importantly, feel younger.

Are Your Hormones in Balance?

Perhaps the most effective for treating the effects of aging is Hormone Therapy Treatment. For males, hormone therapy increases and balances out testosterone levels; for females, hormone therapy balances out the big three hormones that are important for regulating our systems: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. By balancing out hormones, it allows your body to regulate basic functions from metabolism to general health. People often see an increase in energy, sex drive, muscle tone, cognitive skills, and a decrease in body fat. These help reduce the symptoms of hormone related aging such as menopause, sexual dysfunction, andropause, and general fatigue. Though this potentially does more for you in the long run, it also takes a longer treatment process for full effect as doctors have to assess where your body is and work with you to create a holistic treatment plan that focuses on good nutrition, increasing fitness, and healthy lifestyle choices paired with hormone therapy treatments. The key here is that you’re making a lifestyle change.

Say Bye Bye to Wrinkles With Botox

One of the most recognizable and utilized treatments is Botox. While effective for a significant amount of time, this is one of the shortest lasting treatments, meaning you have to do it more often than some of the other treatments. It is, however, one of the easiest and most time effective treatments as the general treatment only takes a few minutes. While you’ll need to stay upright (either sitting or standing) for 3-4 hours afterwards and avoid alcohol and medications to prevent interference, there’s little to no risk. Botox is most familiar among plastic surgery and cosmetics, but more recently it has also been used to improve migraines as well. It only takes a few drops, which are injected into the muscle. The Botox then blocks the nerve impulses that causes the reactions allowing that muscle to relax instead of tensing.

How Your Plasma Can Rejuvenate Your Skin

PRP process: Collect blood from patient, separate platelets, extract platelet rich plasma, apply PRP with a dermapen

Similar to Botox, but longer lasting is the Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment or PRP. This treatment, used by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, makes you look younger by using your own plasma in a serum that stimulates cell migration and collagen production. This reduces wrinkles, acne scars, and other signs of aging, but instead of a single needle that goes into your muscle, this uses several microneedles to inject the substance just under the surface of the skin. The serum is specially made to speed the healing process and make you look younger afterwards. It’s much more effective, lasting 9 months generally, but takes slightly longer for the treatment process (between an hour and 90 minutes).

Look & Feel Younger With Oxygen Therapy

Another non-invasive treatment is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. You might associate this with scuba diving or flying as it is used to treat a pressure syndrome from leveling too fast. Celebrities started using it as alternative medicine and then it slowly made its way to the main stream. If you’ve ever been to an oxygen bar, it is similar to that, except for your whole body. You are immersed in an oxygen rich, high-pressure chamber for roughly an hour, which allows your body to breathe in all the oxygen it can handle. During the treatment, your body is stimulated to perform higher functions by increasing cell growth, regeneration, and collagen production. This also increases skin health and energy, so that you not only look younger and healthier, you actually feel that way too. Among the many benefits it’s known for, it boosts the immune system, strengthens your joints and muscles, improves vision, and generally reduces the ailments that come with symptoms related to aging by removing free radicals and toxins. The best part about this treatment is that you lay down and breathe air.

All of these treatments and more are available locally from Premier Age Management and Weight Loss Center. Their professional staff can help you look and feel younger. For more information, visit their website, call them at 615-649-9600, or visit their locations in Brentwood or Hendersonville.