Dr. Nedic reports for New Beauty about new trends in anti-aging from AMEC, Paris 2013…
Finding your younger self
I was privileged to be invited to the first Anti-aging Medicine European Congress (AMEC) 2013, held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris in October. The congress – aimed at bridging the gap between aesthetic strategies, for external appearance, and anti‑aging medicine, for internal wellbeing – offered a two-day programme covering 36 scientific sessions, involving 2 500 participants from over 75 countries.
I was there both as a speaker representing South Africa and to learn from this highly practical event.
I found the anti-aging lectures particularly interesting, as these discussed healthy aging solutions that can be used in everyday practice by anti-aging physicians, as well as some futuristic advances which should be available soon. Increased attention was placed on chronoaging and the long-term effects of circadian rhythm of clock genes on telomere length (responsible for aging), and the connection with personalised nutrition. In general, caloric restriction (CR) has been proven to be the most effective means of retarding aging. Reducing caloric intake by 20% to 30%, although not the most pleasurable, can reduce the risk of age-related diseases, including brain aging. In the case of compliance problems with CR, supplementing with resveratrol, a polyphenol from red grapes which mimics caloric restriction, has been suggested.
Very interesting was the experimental result revealing that signalling technology (similar to that used in pacemakers) can be used successfully for visceral and subcutaneous fat reduction, as well as the regulation of growth hormones. The fact that visceral fat cannot be reduced by using other lipolysis techniques, such as lasers, radiofreqency or liposuction, positions this technology as a potential treatment for a number of medical conditions associated with visceral fat and obesity, as well as a safe alternative to exercise. The main conditions that could benefit include insulin resistance, diabetes Type-2 and cardio-metabolic syndrome. The evidence that an increase in muscle mass was observed on a MRI indicates that this treatment can also be used for body sculpting. It is very exciting to know that these novelties will soon be available in everyday practice.
One of the revolutionary products already available on the international antiaging and aesthetic markets is LIPO 202 (salmeterol xinofoate), used for nonsurgical body contouring. It selectively enhances the body’s natural metabolism of fat, thereby reducing adipocyte size. So it is a non-ablative, safe and inexpensive treatment that can be used successfully for abdominal fat, love handles and any other localised stubborn fat.
In cosmetic dermatology, the focus was on preventive methods of preserving skin firmness and cutaneous collagen over time, by using scientifically proven, personalised skin nutrition, together with serious photo damage prevention. The approach of “helping the skin to help itself ” is becoming increasingly popular with the above methods.
Various advanced techniques in injectables, such as dermal fillers and Botox, were presented in a live session, helping the aesthetic physician who is already an advanced injector to use these techniques immediately. These are just some of the exciting breakthroughs in anti-aging medicine and aesthetics that we can look forward to