Correcting the Aesthetic Damages of Alcohol By on March 20, 2015

Attractive female with smooth, radiant skinMost people enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, which is not a problem. Studies have even shown that there are health benefits of drinking a glass of red wine each night. However, when alcohol consumption is in excess, it can be very damaging on the body - both inside and out. Although many patients are aware that excessive alcohol consumption can create health problems, most do not realize that it can also affect one’s physical appearance. For those who are experiencing premature aging as a result of drinking, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna offers cosmetic treatment, including facial plastic surgery to revitalize and smooth the skin around the face to produce a healthier, more youthful appearance. Dr. Mesna is happy to discuss with our Minneapolis patients how alcohol affects your appearance and how those affects can be addressed through cosmetic treatment.

How Alcohol Affects Appearance

You may be wondering, not only how alcohol affects appearance, but why it has an effect on a person’s physical features. There are a couple of major factors that lead to alcohol negatively affecting a person’s appearance. First of all, there is no nutritional value to alcohol. In fact, when consumed in excess, alcohol can actually deplete nutrients, and has a particular effect on vitamin A levels, which are vital to skin cell production and collagen production. Another reason that alcohol affects the appearance in such a negative way is because it acts as a diuretic and ends up dehydrating the body and skin. When considering these factors, it is no surprise that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to premature aging, especially on the face. Below are some common ways in which alcohol affects one’s appearance:

  • Premature wrinkles
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Deep creases in the skin
  • Loose, hanging skin
  • Dull, sallow appearance to the skin
  • Puffy skin
  • Red, flushed skin

In addition to the effects that alcohol consumption has on the skin, those who drink regularly are also more likely to have dry and brittle hair and nails and are more prone to weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.

Reversing the Effects of Alcohol

People who have noticed that alcohol has had an effect on their physical health or outer appearance should seriously consider cutting back on drinking or refraining from alcohol altogether. Unfortunately, once one’s physical appearance has been affected by alcohol, those effects are not likely to reverse on their own. The good news is that Dr. Mesna offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic treatments and facial plastic surgery procedures that can smooth and tighten skin, eliminate lines, improve skin tone, and restore that healthy, youthful glow that most of our patients desire. While there are many cosmetic treatments to consider, including a brow lift, a facelift, dermal fillers, and laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Mesna will help patients determine the type of treatment that is most appropriate for their unique area(s) of concern.

Schedule an Appointment

If alcohol consumption has dulled your skin and created premature signs of aging, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna can help you restore a youthful, refreshed appearance. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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