The art of staying healthy and feeling good everyday can be difficult to maintain without the right "recipe". Achieving happiness and satisfaction with your health is a life-long goal. The "recipe" is the proper balance between physical, mental and psychological well being.

With proper medical preventative care, which includes yearly screenings, physical examinations and compliance with medical advice, you can begin to feel comfortable with your body and assured that your physical health is optimized. Throw in a well-rounded diet and enjoyable daily exercise, and you're on your way to achieving the proper "recipe."

Healthy doses of vanity can also be good. The best motivator for feeling good about yourself can be accomplished by loving the skin you're in – everyday! The way you look can positively affect the way you feel. When you feel good about yourself, you tend to be more productive and confident in your professional and personal relationships. With today's lackluster economy, the demand for looking good is growing If by chance you're currently thrust into the job market again, then looking healthy and vibrant can be more important than ever.

So, what are your best options to stave off some of the negative effects of aging?

Significant advances in laser technology have enabled the medical community to provide optimal levels of non-surgical treatments to help reverse the signs of aging and maintain healthier looking skin. Laser surgery is now a much more viable option than traditional invasive surgical procedures. It's less invasive--minimizing the risk of infection and complications, and requires little to no interference with daily routines—all while producing incredible results for half the cost. Laser physics allow surgeons to go deeper than they could with a knife, giving them the ability to precisely target sick tissues or specific areas without damaging the surrounding areas and triggering excessive bleeding. Hospital stays are not necessary, general anesthesia is not required and discomfort is generally minor.

While many med spas, laser centers and physician's offices have started aesthetic laser practices, it is important for patients to realize that lasers have specific applications. A practicing physician experienced in laser physics is the best source of information as to whether laser surgery is appropriate for specific conditions, and which type of technology is best for you. The type of laser used will have direct consequences on your results. The old adage, "You get what you pay for," definitely applies in the world of laser physics. Safety, efficacy and return on investment, as measured by the number of treatments necessary to accomplish the desired results, are all factors to consider before choosing to undergo laser surgery. A laser's specifications can make all the difference in your treatment, affecting your comfort and results beyond your expectations.

Shop around before deciding upon laser treatment. Inquire about the type of laser equipment that a facility owns. Research the laser manufacturers. Know the difference between terms such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Laser (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation). Laser technology can

With the right recipe, you will achieve the perfect balance. Balance gives you the ability to appreciate and understand that your age should not define who you are.

Being ageless means looking as good as you feel, regardless of your age. To be Ageless….

Ageless Health

Helise Bichefsky, DO

September, 2007