2.16.2011

Q & A with Dr. Imber





A leader in the war against aging, New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber (www.drimber.com) is prepared to help an entire generation of patients to look their best.
He recently appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show” to share how and why our lips age differently than the rest of our skin as well as some tips on how to take care of them.

About Dr. Imber
Dr. Imber is one of the world's leading plastic surgeons with decades of experience in plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation.  He has authored numerous scientific papers and given lectures on prevention and correction of facial aging, written several books about the care and maintenance of a youthful appearance, including the revolutionary best-selling, anti-aging manual, The New Youth Corridorand created a skin care line(www.youthcorridor.com)  featuring the revolutionary Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum with 10% Vitamin C, E and Melatonin that has been featured in magazines such as Town & Country, W and Harper's Bazaar that delivers large doses of antioxidants for proven results.

Dr. Imber was kind enough to answer a few questions for Whitney's World of Beauty readers...


What do you recommend, as a regimen for those in their teens and twenties- dealing with acne?

Between teenage years and the mid-twenties, skin changes abound.  Oily rich skin becomes less so, and for most the awful acne breakouts are a thing of the past.  Benzyl peroxide and beta hydroxyl acids, the only worthwhile acne treatments, may occasionally be necessary. 

How should men and women prevent and/or fight aging in their 20's and 30's?
Following are some tips as written in Dr. Imber’s book...

Under Twenty-Five:  Wash thoroughly morning and night with a soap or skin cleanser and warm water, followed by a cold rinse.  Towel-dry in an upward direction.  Use sunscreen whenever you will be spending anytime outdoors.  Not just on weekends.
At this age, antioxidant serum, sunscreen and AHA exfoliants are your most important tools.  Benzyl peroxide and beta hydroxyl acids may be needed for the occasional breakout.  Diet and exercise are also an important thing that begin to play an important role keeping a youthful appearance.

Twenty-Five:  Use a mild soap or cleanser in the morning.  Wash with warm water followed by a cool rinse and towel dry in an upward direction.  Apply a skin brightener followed by moisturizer with SPF 30.  Reapply moisturizer as necessary during the day.  If spending time outdoors, you may need to reapply sunscreen.  In the evening, wash with gentle cleanser in the evening to remover makeup, cellular and environmental debris.  Apply antioxidant and skin brightener as well as a soothing moisturizer.   Diet and exercise are important and a daily vitamin C supplement (1,000 milligrams) should be taken.

Thirty: (first signs of smile lines are beginning to appear at the corners of the eyes.  Lower lids may show a few lines bellow the lashes and an upper-eyelid fold of skin is visible when eyes open, with little or no overhang).
Use a mild soap or cleanser in the morning.  Wash with warm water followed by a cool rinse and towel dry in an upward direction.  Apply a skin brightener followed by moisturizer with SPF 30.  In the evening, wash with gentle cleanser in the evening to remover makeup, cellular and environmental debris.  Apply antioxidant serum to face, neck and back of hands, skin brightener as well as a gentle moisturizer. .   Diet and exercise are important and a daily vitamin C supplement (1,000 milligrams) should be taken.
Corrective procedures are rarely necessary at this point.

Thirty-five: skin will become dryer than in the past.  Smile lines around the eyes may become noticeable, nasolabial lines will deepen a bit and approach the corners of the mouth, vertical frown lines may appear and deepen, excess kin of the upper eyelids will appear and lower-lid area will come puffier more often. There is little significant loosening of the skin, but damage to collagen will have occurred and fullness may be developing in the lower face – representing loss of elasticity.

Use a mild soap or cleanser in the morning.  Wash with warm water followed by a cool rinse and towel dry in an upward direction.  Apply a skin brightener followed by moisturizer with SPF 30. .  In the evening, wash with gentle cleanser in the evening to remover makeup, cellular and environmental debris.  Apply antioxidant serum to face, neck and back of hands, skin brightener as well as a gentle moisturizer.  Enriched eye cream should be used around eye area to combat early wrinkles.  If necessary, tretinoin (Retin-A) should be applied to under-eye and smile-line areas.  (Regular use of antioxidant serum will help you avoid this until later in life).   
Botox or Dysport may be appropriate.  AHA peels for smile lines and under-eye wrinkles are effective.  Fat transfers are excellent for treating the deepening nasolabial folds diminish them before they become etched into the skin. Fillers are also used to help this, but need to be repeated two or three times yearly.  This is the right time to treat softening of the jawline and under-chin area with microsuction before the problem escalates.  Nutrition and exercise are also important.

The most commonly asked question that I get is, "What do you recommend to get rid of age/dark spots. I want brighter skin." What is your take, Dr. Imber?

Antioxidants have become a staple in the fight against premature aging.  Vitamin C serum is known to improve skin’s softness and pigmentation as well as reduce wrinkles.  

Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum with 10% Vitamin C, E and Melatonin addresses not just the surface signs of aging, but   takes care of the inflammation that actually contributes to fine lines, sagging and overall loss of vitality in the skin.  Melatonin is the key ingredient that allows these potent antioxidants to penetrate the skin while also calming inflammation. 

What is the best skincare regimen for OILY skin? Is it true that if you don't apply moisturizer to oily skin, then the skin's reaction is to over-produce moisture, making it oily?

It is best to remove old skin oil and skin debris daily and replace it with a good moisture compound.

For lips, how can we prevent those little lines that form over time?

Smoking and sun contribute to vertical pucker lines on the lips.

When it comes to smoking, the solution is simple: Don't. When it comes to sun, just protect your lips as you protect your skin: with moisturizer, in the form of a lip balm with SPF.

Antioxidants can help reverse sun damage and protect your lips from accelerated aging by encouraging collagen production and inhibiting inflammation from sun exposure. Products that contain a combination of vitamins C and E and melatonin, like Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum, have been shown to prevent and correct the signs of aging by directly targeting free radical damage.


Any special techniques we should do while applying our skin care? I heard it's best to apply it in upward-motions to "lift" the face.
A few tips when applying skin care include:

Apply skin treatments and serums to clean, dry skin.

*Towel off briskly for exfoliation.  It helps remove heaped-up dead skin cells and allows healthy young cells to reach the surface. Always go from the down to up direction to avoid stretching the skin downward to help gravity.  Be gentle and do not apply much pressure.

*Make sure anti-oxidants penetrate the skin.Vitamin C and vitamin E are among the  most potent antioxidants for treating the skin, but if they can’t get into the skin, they can’t work their magic.  Dr. Imber created Youth Corridor (www.youthcorridor.comAntioxidant Boost Skin Serum with 10% Vitamin C, E and Melatonin to allow a larger dose of antioxidants to penetrate through the keratinized layer of the skin due to melatonin’s lipophillic nature.   

Moisturizers with a sun screen are a must to protect from the sun and if a sunscreen is used separately it should be applied before the moisturizer so it can penetrate.

Tell us about  Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin SerumWhere can Whitney's World of Beauty Reader's get this product?

Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum is a revolutionary high-performance complex formulated with 10% Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Melatonin, which work synergistically in a single skincare product to neutralize free radical damage and protect against oxidative stress. This combination is a potent defense against inflammation and enhances the skin’s natural photoprotective response. It stimulates collagen and elastin production, strengthening the support structure of healthy skin necessary for a more youthful appearance.
Youth Corridor utilizes a new and unprecedented combination of Vitamins C, E and melatonin to prevent and correct the signs of aging by directly targeting the harmful inflammation caused by free radical damage. Vitamins C and E have been used in skin care products for years with positive results, but when combined with the antioxidant melatonin the combination has been proven to provide far greater anti-inflammatory, anti-aging effect than the use of any these anti-oxidants alone.
For best results use each evening after a thorough cleansing with Youth Corridor Gentle Cleansing Foam. Apply three to six drops of Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum to back of hand. Apply to face, neck, and upper chest with finger tips and rub remaining serum into back of hands. Follow with Youth Corridor Skin Brightener and then Gentle Moisturizer.

Youth Corridor Antioxidant Boost Skin Serum is sold at Dr. Imber’s office and at http://www.youthcorridor.com/.

What are the top 3+ ingredients everyone needs in their skin care products?

Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, moisturizer and sun block.

What do you think of Lip Plumpers? If they contain Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen will it give us fuller lips over time?

No. No. No. All nonsense.