How you look affects how you feel about yourself.
A bad hair day, an embarrassing coffee stain on your shirt, a run in your stocking, a roll of flab overlapping the waistband of your slacks – it doesn’t take much to turn a pleasant day dark and send your mood plummeting. Appearance matters. When you don’t look your best, your self-esteem takes a hit. You feel less capable, less energetic, less self-assured. When you are unhappy with your appearance, you’d rather hide in your office than expose yourself to the negative scrutiny of your colleagues.
On the other hand, when your hair looks great, your makeup is perfect and you know your new suit makes you look fabulous; you feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. When you know you look good, you feel powerful, energized and confident. Your delight in your appearance carries over into every aspect of your day.
When you look in the mirror in the morning and are happy with what you see, you know you’re going to have a great day!
Appearance is a powerful force. If something as cursory as an occasional salon or wardrobe problem can impact your self-esteem, imagine the damage a wrinkled face, sagging jowls, a turkey neck, love handles, droopy eyelids or a baby belly can cause. A bad hair day or wardrobe malfunction only lasts a day. If you can just make it through a bad day, you know that tomorrow will be better. Your self-esteem may take a tiny hit, but there’s no permanent damage.
Things are different when you’re unhappy with the appearance of your face or body. Time, age and gravity take a permanent toll. You aren’t going to wake up tomorrow looking better or feeling better about yourself until you make a decison to fight back.
Next time: Fight back with cosmetic surgery
As many Baby Boomers are proving, there’s no age limit on the desire to look attractive. A growing number of men and women who are beginning to show signs of aging are turning to Cleveland cosmetic surgery to turn back the clock.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, people between the ages of 35 and 50 underwent more than 4 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2010, 44% of the total 9 million procedures performed in the U.S. last year.
The leading edge of the Boomer generation, people 51 to 64 accounted for 28% of the cosmetic surgeries performed. The growing number of Cleveland cosmetic surgery patients in their mid to-late 40s and early 50s reflects society’s changing attitudes toward aging.
- With life expectancy increasing, more people are staying in the work force longer. Using cosmetic surgery to maintain a more youthful appearance puts mature workers on a more equal footing with younger rivals.
- Boomers are remaining vibrantly active longer than previous generations. Their lust for life is changing society’s expectations about aging. Boomers are unwilling to let the effects of aging – droopy eyelids, sagging jowls and turkey necks – make them look older than they feel. They refuse to look old and tired when cosmetic surgery can adjust their outward appearance to mirror their inner zest for life.
- Boomers believe you’re never too old to try something new. They’re the first generation that doesn’t believe you have to live with the embarrassing development of wrinkles and unattractive sagging skin. They are not embarrassed to admit when nature needs a little help from a skilled Cleveland cosmetic surgeon. And if they’ve fought the battle of the bulge and won, they don’t think they’re too old to reward themselves with a cosmetic surgery makeover that will make them proud of their new body.