Dr. Oz Reveals How to Fake a Face Lift with a New Supplement
“Today we’re with the people who know better than anyone how to turn back time—plastic surgeons. And today they are revealing how to fake a face lift…the secret is in this little pill called ‘phytoceramides,” says Dr. Oz as he takes viewers on yet another episode on how to cheat your age by taking a decade off your face.
Special guest Leif Rogers, MD and plastic surgeon explains that ceramides are something that we lose in our skin as we age and that it is responsible for helping keep the skin moisturized and plumped up when we are younger. The ceramide replacement therapy he recommends for patients wanting to look younger is available for consumers in a plant-derived formulation known as “phytoceramides” in skin care products.
“Ceramides have been in topical solutions for many years,” say Dr. Rogers. “And the oral forms have been available in Asia and Japan for quite a number of years. Just recently, the FDA has approved of phytoceramides.”
Dr. Oz explains that how phytoceramides works is that the active component of the pill enters the bloodstream and makes its way from inside the body, through the newer layers of skin to the older top layers where the skin is damaged with small breaks between skin cells. The phytoceramides work their magic by binding the older skin cells together more tightly like they used to be when the skin was younger. The result of the skin cells adhering more tightly to each other is that it prevents excessive loss of moisture from the skin barrier, making the skin plumper and less dry, which in turns makes wrinkles disappear.
Dr. Rogers states that it will take about 4 weeks of taking phytoceramides before a user will begin to notice a difference in their skin and a lessening of wrinkles.
“There’s no magic pill, but it is pretty close,” says Dr. Rogers.
According to fellow special guest Shirley Madhere, MD, the supplement source chosen and dosage are important.
“The recommended dose is 350 mg per day,” says Dr. Madhere. “So, that’s one pill a day and the cost is approximately $10 for a 30-day supply. And it’s important when going to the store and looking for these ceramides to look for the plant-derived ceramides,” says Dr. Madhere.
When Dr. Oz inquired about the safety of phytoceramide supplements, both guests state that phytoceramide supplements are FDA approved and that the only people who may have trouble with taking this supplement are those who are gluten sensitive.
According to Dr. Rogers, phytoceramide supplements are typically derived from wheat, rice or sweet potato. He advises users of the supplements who are gluten sensitive to check the label and make sure that the supplement they are using comes from rice or sweet potato.
Dr. Madhere states that phytoceramide supplements are also safe when taken in conjunction with other skin care products. Both she and Dr. Rogers encourage their patients to combine the oral phytoceramide supplement pill with the use of topical Vitamin C skin creams to increase the effectiveness in achieving wrinkle loss and developing healthier skin.
For more information about reversing the aging process, follow this link to an informative article titled “Dr. Oz's Latest Anti-Aging Myths and Truths.”
Reference: The Dr. Oz Show—“How to Fake a Face Lift”
Updated July 10, 2015