Savannah Morning News article -- Dr. Finger's Cosmeceuticals, New Youth
Finding 'New Youth'
Posted: December 18, 2011 - 12:38am | Updated: December 18, 2011 - 11:11amPhotos
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Richard Burkhart/Savannah Morning News Dr. Ron Finger talks with Shirley Ann Lamb about his New Youth Skin Treatment System in his office located at the Candler Hospital Heart and Lung Building.
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By Mary Carr Mayle savannahnow.com Copyright 2011 Savannah Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
December 18, 2011 - 12:38am
Finding 'New Youth'
Local plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Finger was formulating a line of skin-care products for his patients long before the term “cosmeceuticals” was coined.
“I’ve done a lot of facial rejuvenations in my nearly 40 years of practice,” he said. “And I learned early on that when you lift damaged skin, you simply get lifted damaged skin — and that’s not pretty.
Nor is he a fan of what he calls the “peel and bleach” approach.
“It removes some of the skin’s protective layer, leaving it exposed it to more ultraviolet rays,” he said. “Even though the skin looks refreshed initially, it’s bad in the long term.
“My quest was to find gentle products that would naturally nourish the skin and make it look and feel more youthful.”
Not seeing anything on the market that met his standards, Finger set about developing his own skin-care products.
Fifteen years later, the New Youth Skin Treatment System is garnering national attention, leaving Finger to smile in amusement at his “overnight success.”
“This line has been my passion since 1996,” he said. “We already have clients in nearly every state and also in Russia — where I had done seminars for plastic surgeons — and Europe. It’s mostly been a word-of-mouth kind of thing.”
Finger has also written a book, “Why Grow Old? The Antiaging, Feel Good, Look Good Bible,” published in 2009. In it he elaborates on his theory of how skin care can help thwart the aging process.
Now, a feature in the Fall/Winter issue of New You magazine (newyoumag.com) - a quarterly publication that explores rejuvenation and anti-aging medicine as well as cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, surgeons and doctors - is set to catapult Finger’s popularity to new heights.
‘Among the best’
In “And the prescription is…” Wendy Schmid writes:
“Cutting-edge skin care lines from dermatologists and plastic surgeons are now an industry staple, delivering office-worthy results right in your own home.”
She describes New Youth as among the “best in the business.”
What makes the New Youth line so effective?
“It’s as simple as focusing primarily on repair at the cellular level, something few other products do,” Finger said.
“For years, I have been talking about two of the root causes of aging — inflammation and glycation,” he told the magazine. “This line is the result of my quest to formulate products that worked, but didn’t inflame the skin of my patients.”
A seldom-mentioned result of metabolism, glycation — which is most commonly caused by excessive intake of simple carbohydrates as well as overcooked or rapidly cooked meat — can cause a loss of elasticity, sagging skin, impairment of the immune response system and organ damage.
“Glycation produces free radicals that attach to the cells and other molecules,” Finger said. “Anti-glycation agents break the bonds between the glycation molecules that attach to small molecules in our bodies, such as elastin, collagen, enzymes and more. This results in tighter, more elastic skin with improved blood supply and function.”
Finger’s first efforts were aimed at reducing inflammation and feeding cells nutrients to make them healthier, he said.
“Healthy cells produce healthy skin. It made perfect sense to me.”
Formulated by biochemists specializing in skin products — “I tell them what I want to achieve and what ingredients I want in the product” — Finger’s New Youth products are manufactured by a company in Dallas.
The line consists of a system of anti-inflammatory ingredients, nutrients, anti-glycation agents and antioxidants designed and formulated to repair cell damage and penetrate deeper into the skin.
Shirley Ann Lamb of Rincon, a patient of Finger’s colleague Dr. Michael Huntly, isn’t really into the whys and hows. She just knows the New Youth formula is the real deal.
“Dr. Huntly removed a cancerous growth from my face two years ago,” she said. “When that treatment was done, I decided to try the New Youth starter kit.
“I could see the difference almost immediately. My skin looked better. It didn’t feel as porous and dry. My age spots were fading.
“I rescue horses and have spent most of my life outside,” the 61-year-old said. “I’ve tried everything, and all I can say is this stuff really works.
“I’ve seen remarkable, dramatic improvement.”
Lamb is so enthusiastic about the New Youth system, she has treated her daughter Michelle LaMirand — herself a grandmother — to the products and has added a few more to her regimen.
“My favorite is a new Dr. Finger product called Wrinkle Delete,’” she said.
It’s a bold name, but one that doesn’t disappoint, Lamb said of the formula designed to diminish the deep lines normally treated with Botox without leaving white residue or abnormally tight skin.
“I’ve only been using it about 10 days, but already I see an improvement in my skin’s elasticity,” she said.
Wrinkle Delete is formulated with ingredients that work immediately and long-term, Finger said.
The New Youth products are not inexpensive, but neither are the efforts required to formulate them, Finger said.
“When you’re trying to come up with the best product, you end up throwing a lot out,” he said. “It’s just like a pharmaceutical company putting most of its investment in research.’
According to Lamb, who says she is perfectly willing to forego other luxuries to maintain her skin-care regimen, the result is well worth the price.
“New Youth has truly given me a second wind, making me feel so much more confident in my appearance,” she said.
“It’s hard to put a price tag on that.”