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Plastic Surgery Hot Topics: ‘Age Gets Better with Wine’

Plastic Surgery Hot Topics: ‘Age Gets Better with Wine’

Plastic surgery patients are often looking for a way to turn back the clock with a little nip and tuck. But, Dr. Richard Baxter, author of Age Gets Better with Wine, explains that a daily nip of vino may do the trick, as well. He shared the science behind his findings in this video interview from the 2009 American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference.

Age Gets Better with Wine - coverDr. Richard A. Baxter has attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for several years to stay up to date on the latest developments in his field of practice. One of the highlights of the conference for him, he says, is learning about emerging technologies and attending the “Hot Topics” session, in which presenters discuss the latest research in plastic surgery.

At the 2009 conference, Dr. Baxter himself presented on a new technique called Thermage, which uses radio frequency to tighten up loose skin after liposuction. But, he notes that lifestyle choices can keep people from having to seek out a plastic surgeon to fix sagging skin and other signs of aging.

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In his new book, Age Gets Better with Wine, Dr. Baxter discusses how a look at the big picture of anti-aging often comes back to wine and all the health benefits it presents.

“As a plastic surgeon, we are very good at what we call doing ‘anti-aging,’ but what we’re really doing is helping people look younger,” he says. Part of looking young and staying healthy goes back to the benefits you see in the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet involves fresh vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and wine in moderation.

“Whether you look at Alzheimer’s disease, cancer prevention, just about any place you start, you find some positive effect of something in wine,” Dr. Baxter adds.

Age Gets Better with Wine (Xlibris), by Dr. Richard Baxter, is available on

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