By Alex McCray
The 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board reveals how their expertise is helping Atlantans look and feel their best at 40 and beyond. From fitness, hair, skin and overall quality of life to serving the community, these experts are leading the way. See how their insight and experience can help you live longer and look better.
Why is ear, nose and throat health important to quality of life and anti-aging?
Dr. Aaron Fletcher of Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat uncovers the potential signs of common ENT issues.
When people arrive at Georgia Center for Ear, Nose & Throat, it is usually because they are ready to put their health first. "A lot of people come in and say, 'I just haven't had the time to focus on my own issues,'" says Aaron Fletcher, M.D.
Once patients get long-standing issues taken care of, the difference can be dramatic. "A lot of what I do is quality of life surgery. I deal with people's breathing, their ability to sleep and also their appearance—if someone is having difficulty breathing through their nose, once I fix that issue, it can be life changing."
For those wondering when to see an ENT specialist, Dr. Fletcher advises paying attention to signs that can be indicative of deeper problems. Weight gain, headaches and voice changes could be tied to the thyroid or lack of sleep could be caused by more than the inability to wind down as in sleep apnea.
With more treatments moving in-office, these common issues can be taken care of conveniently. "I'm excited to be on the cutting edge because a lot of surgery is moving toward being accessible in the office and we are one of the first ones to be on the forefront of that," Fletcher says.
You have done more than 4,000 facelifts. If patients are not quite ready, what options do you recommend?
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker of Atlanta Face & Body Center reveals the latest options for facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime.
When Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D. of Atlanta Face & Body Center, says she has experience, she's serious. One can't help but notice the exhaustive credentials lining the walls of her office. It is that knowledge that enables her to work with patients to achieve the natural rejuvenation they are looking for when the time is right with her Signature Lifts.
While face and eye lifts are some of her most popular surgeries with those over 40, "there are so many nonsurgical and minimally invasive offerings now," says Dr. Elizabeth.
"New fillers continue to come on the market such as Juvéderm Volbella® XC for vertical lip lines and subtle plumping. Other fillers can volumize and lift the cheeks and even rejuvenate aging hands.We are the first in our area to incorporate skin boosters, which are huge in Europe. We exclusively offer Babytox to help with pores,"
Dr. Elizabeth says, "and Aqua Glow to infuse moisture and create the perfect dewy glow."
Most of all, she enjoys seeing the impact her work has. "What's so gratifying is seeing the difference in how patients feel about themselves, which ultimately translates into making their lives better. Helping people feel their best is what it's all about for me."
What should people over the age of 40 consider when it comes to dental health and aesthetics?
Dr. Dina Giesler, of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness explains the connection between oral hygiene and a beautiful smile.
Over time teeth naturally lose their luster, but that doesn't mean it is a process that can't be combated. "After 40, our teeth begin to show the signs of aging by wear, staining, color changes and bone loss," says Dina Giesler, D.D.S of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.
She advises her patients to assess the current state of their teeth and how things may have changed over the years. "Teeth begin to move because our jawbones change and previous dental work is typically in need of repair or replacement," Giesler says.
An evaluation of the way the teeth come together (occlusion) can help determine if straightening the teeth would be beneficial. Discussions about veneers, gum grafting, examinations for periodontal disease and increased recare cleaning visits also often take place. "This is a time to really think about prevention,"
Bite guards are another recommendation she suggests to protect the teeth from further wear. This coupled with good day-to-day practices can help maintain the sparkle of a smile year after year. Giesler's bottom line? "Every day, keep your mouth clean, floss, and don't neglect your teeth, or I promise, they will go away."
Is it really true there has never been a better time to experience hair loss?
Yes, it's true! Dr. Ken Anderson of Anderson Center for Hair reveals what you may not know about modern hair restoration.
You've probably seen work from Anderson Center for Hair and didn't even realize it. And that's the point. "The best hair transplant results in the country can fly right under the radar," says Ken Anderson, M.D. of Anderson Center for Hair.
"It is so much different now than it was five to 10 years ago," Anderson says. Today, the options for hair restoration are extensive. "We have stem cells, we have lasers and robots. It continues to evolve at a rapid pace."
As the only practice in Georgia to provide artistic robotic technology for hair restoration, Dr. Anderson gets to combine his creative talent with his technical skills using the ARTAS™ robot. "When you are creating hair lines, I am literally drawing on people's foreheads—that's my canvas if you will. The surgical part of hair transplants is not very invasive but the results are heavily dependent on the artistic talent and passion of the surgeon."
Dr. Anderson is passionate about modern hair restoration techniques because he has witnessed the emotional impact they can have. "One of the most treasured things that I love about the practice is how happy and satisfied the patients are when the hair grows in.
He encourages anyone thinking about hair restoration to have a consultation and find out what treatment is right for them.
How can someone over 40 look youthful and refreshed without overdoing it?
Dr. Ashley R. Curtis of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta reveals why injectables and lasers can be a hit when it comes to aging gracefully.
Laser treatments and Botox® have become what some might go so far as to call beauty necessities when it comes to anti-aging. "Hands down, the most popular treatments for patients over 40 are Botox® and laser procedures. So many patients come in after hearing friends or family members raving about their treatments, and both actually live up to the hype," says Ashley R. Curtis, M.D. of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA).
She has seen Botox® create beautiful results time and time again in men and women of varying ages and ethnicities. "As long as you're going to an experienced and licensed professional like a board-certified dermatologist, you can expect to look like a younger, revitalized version of yourself," Curtis says.
Interestingly enough, the patient can play almost as big a role in the success of Botox® and laser treatments as the professional. "The people who are happiest with their results are those who have realistic expectations to begin with, and the people who actually share the same goal as the treatments they've chosen: to help them look younger and more well-rested, but still make sure they look like themselves."
Can someone really look their best ever over the age of 40?
Here's what past Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winner and media personality, Tom Sullivan, has to say.
Taking care of himself has always been a priority for TV host and corporate emcee Tom Sullivan. And now that he is over 40, he finds himself looking and feeling better than ever.
He gives a lot of that credit to his personal trainer, Scott Cameron of Buckhead Elite Personal Training Studio, who also encouraged him to enter the 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. "I think the contest really put me in a group of people who celebrate who they are. People who want to continually improve who they are and live a better life just like the mission of the magazine," says Sullivan.
Tom uses Cryo Elite Therapy weekly to reduce inflammation, increase metabolism and rid the body of toxins. He credits his youthful skin to The Nouveau Clinic, and hair to Brad Partridge from The Collective, a salon.
On the inside, Sullivan has found strength through his faith and followed his intuition to pursue his passions even further. He has taken his gift for photography and enhanced it with the help of local professional Scott Reeves and is now working with VT Estate Sales.
Like many Over 40 & Fabulous! participants, giving back is a priority for Tom. "I work with many charities...three mission trips with SERV International...and locally with SafeHouse Outreach, which is now 35 years strong. Helping others nurtures my soul to shine God's light."
His advice to those over 40 looking to live their best life physically, mentally and emotionally? "Celebrate who you are and listen to
Why is the community we surround ourselves with so important when it comes to being fit over the age of 40?
Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club reveals the difference a community can make in getting the most out of a workout routine.
Don't let Windy Hill Athletic Club's 100,000 square feet fool you. This resort-style club is centered around creating an environment that encourages every member to achieve their goals.
Whether it be the facility's barre, boxing, yoga or high-intensity based VOLTAGE class, your success is their priority. "Having a community to surround yourself with is important to achieving your goals, and best of all, they are there to help celebrate your successes," says Karen Foley.
Because of its diverse membership, Windy Hill Athletic Club understands that every member's needs are different. Their experienced team is there to offer guidance with goal setting, coaching and support every step of the way. "Our promise to members is to inspire you through movement, community and personal attention. We understand that everyone likes to move differently and we have that option for them," Foley says.
As part of Windy Hill's ongoing process to meet the individual needs of members, they are constantly adding new classes and programs. Their Tennis in No Time program offered in May and June turns you into a tennis player in just three weeks. Get the hang of the racquet with six lessons and three social parties to get you in the game.
No matter how big or small your goals are, the staff at Windy Hill will be there to do all they can to help you achieve them all while having fun along the way.
What common beauty mistakes do you see people over 40 make?
Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, shares how to stay current.
When women sit in the chair of Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, it's change that's on their mind. "A lot of clients over 40 ask to update their look. At some point, they realize that they're wearing the same colors, clothing, and hairstyle they've had for years, and it's time for a change."
That openness to experimentation often leads to the most satisfied clients. "The people that are happiest with their results are always the ones that are most open to our suggestions," says Green.
The artistic training of The Green Room Agency artists enables them to create looks that are both current and complementary. Whether clients are re-entering the workforce, getting back into the dating scene or preparing for a reunion, "our work gives people new confidence and an esteem boost that's hard to get from a mall makeover. Oftentimes it's just a matter of seeing yourself from another point of view, and sometimes it's a complete transformation," Green says.
She is still surprised by how many clients come to her wearing the same makeup and hairstyles they've worn since their 20s and 30s. Green advises those over 40 to stay away from most frosted makeup, play with new products, tools, and treatments, and enjoy updating their beauty routine with guidance from a professional.
"My work is all about bringing out the best in everyone we work with. Studies show that how a person looks is directly related to how they feel and we focus on making them look their very best on every level," Green says.