Aging gracefully: Tips and advice for general maintenance



Patients who come into our office might have one or more procedures in mind, but in general, they want to look good for their age and slow down the aging process. From keeping skin looking smooth and bright to helping their weight-loss goals by minimizing problem areas and contouring the figure, there are many options available. Every plan starts with a healthy lifestyle, filled with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

When people talk about getting older, it's not uncommon for them to use the term "aging gracefully." Often, celebrities like Helen Mirren or Diane Lane are described this way, because they are beautiful older women who don't seem to be going out of their way to hold on to their youth. But, celebrities aside, how does the common woman grapple with the concept of aging gracefully when we get so many mixed messages about what it means to grow older?

Are you speaking in code?
"Aging gracefully" is often used as a euphemism. People may use the phrase to mean, "Looking old, but embracing it" or "Showing signs of aging, but still powering forward with life." In this way, the term feels almost negative or backhanded - it's the phrase we use to describe someone who isn't looking as good as they once did.

But is that the only interpretation we can affix to this term? Perhaps aging gracefully doesn't necessarily have to refer to age or appearance, but rather the attitude people have as they go through the various stages of life.

The best of both worlds
"Aging gracefully" has also been a word used to describe women who choose to grow older without undergoing any aesthetic procedures to help them maintain their looks. This perspective, however, feels a bit outdated. There was a time when plastic surgery was a taboo subject, but today, it's gained wide acceptance, because people have realized that there truly are benefits to cosmetic procedures. They can help you not only look younger, but also feel more confident.

Aging gracefully doesn't mean you have to wear your wrinkles with pride - instead, you need to do whatever is necessary to stride into your older years with confidence. For some people, this may mean simply embracing the natural signs of aging without visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon along the way. For others, it means taking steps to make your outside appearance match the way you feel on the inside. If you feel energetic and youthful internally, then there's no shame in getting a facelift, tummy tuck or breast lift to keep your body at the same level.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal needs and desires. If you are confident about getting plastic surgery, then electing to go under the knife is the most graceful choice you can make.

Below are some articles and links about procedures that can help you age gracefully.

Aging Gracefully: Face
A man or woman who has already had a facelift, eyelid lift or rhinoplasty is going to be happy with their new look after surgery. They have addressed a major problem area that was causing them issues. Once that is corrected, there may be procedures that can help them continue to put their best face forward.
* Nonsurgical procedures for anti-aging
* Sleep is a major factor in keeping skin looking young and fresh
* Injectables can help you look more approachable

Aging Gracefully: Hands
Many people don't realize that their hands age along with their body until it's too late. Wrinkles, sunspots and loss of fat and volume can be gradual or if you're like most, hit overnight when you realize you haven't used gloves enough or put sunscreen on your hands.
* News article addressing hand rejuvenation
* Information about hand rejuvenation

Aging Gracefully: Body
After a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or body lift procedure, most are excited about their new physiques and feeling confident. Are there areas where liposuction or nonsurgical fat reduction could help? Cellulite or spider vein treatment?
* If one part of your body is bothering you, liposuction can help
* Cellulite doesn't have to be something you have to live with now
* Are dark veins making you feel self-conscious about your legs?


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