The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine catches up with our faculty member for the upcoming 5th Annual Gender Aesthetic Congress Asia 2017, Dr Thierry Hertoghe. Dr Hertoghe shares with us his thoughts and insights about what anti-aging medicine is about and his advice for doctors keen to introduce anti-aging medicine to their practice.
AAAM: In Your Opinion What distinguishes an Anti-Aging Medical Practice?
There are two forms of anti-aging medicine that are complementary
Aesthetical anti-aging medicine: eliminating external marks of aging on the face and body by aesthetical procedures (topical medical interventions and plastic surgery)= treatment of the consequences
Internal Anti-aging medicine (also and now more often called healthy aging medicine): making the physical appearance more youthful by improving internal health through diet improvement and hormone, peptide , and nutritional therapies that correct deficiencies = treatment of the causes of senescence (endocrine and nutritional deficiencies)
AAAM: How does Anti-Aging Medicine Benefit Patient Outcomes?
Internal anti-aging or healthy aging medicine improves health, social and professional performances (patient can continue working later than 65 years because he not only can still but has the desire to do so feeling and being better), and reverses physical aging, preventing, or delaying and minimizing age-related diseases.
Aesthetical anti-aging medicine: improves the patients physical appearance, self-esteem
AAAM: From Your Experience What demographic of patients would most benefit from anti-aging therapies?
Theoretically : all, even children may have hormone and nutritional deficiencies that need correction to be optimally healthy and succeed at school
Practically: all individuals who are above ages 35-40, and the older patients get to be, the more benefits they can get out of it
AAAM: Is anti-aging medicine a specialized technique to be practiced by a specific medical speciality? i.e. dermatologist, endocrinologist. Can any medical specialty learn Anti-Aging medicine techniques?
Any medical specialty benefits from anti-aging from the dermatologist (reductions/disappearance of wrinkles , dry skin, alopecia with te adequate hormone and nutritional therapies), psychiatrist (treatments for treatment –resistant depression, anxiety disorders, fatigue syndromes, etc.), family physician (substantial reductions in infections), ENT-specialist (anti-aging hormone therapies for reduction of hearing loss and tinnitus, for example), rheumatologist (efficient prevention and treatment of rhumotoid disorders, etc.), aesthetical doctor (treatments that complement and sometimes replace traditional aesthetical therapies); plastic surgeons (effects of plastic surgery for wrinkles cure quicker and better and remain many more years when adequate hormone therapies are associated), etc.
AAAM: In your opinion, what is the most important piece of information you can give to a physician seeking to practice anti-aging medicine?
Follow the training "Reverse physical aging" of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and read the upcoming to be published "Textbook on Reversing physical aging" . Both training and textbool by far the riches practical and scientific information on how to do it for physicians
Meet Dr Hertoghe and learn the basics of anti-aging medicine from the President of the World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine the 5th Annual Gender Aesthetic Congress Asia 2017 today.