Maintaining and enhancing a youthful appearance is both a physical and mental balancing act.
Physically, respecting your individual features, and being realistic about what is achievable, is crucial. As is the need for synchrony in the face. Dedicated decades of Botox in the brow may leave you with the upper face of a 27-year-old, but without attention to the mid or lower face as well, the result is a mismatched look.
Currently, it seems that an increasing number of (often younger) patients, seek an oversimplified set of injections for a uniform idea of youth and beauty/symmetry – “The Kardashian effect” as it has been termed, This lends itself to a rather bland and artificial beauty landscape and carries the risk of heighted social anxiety.
We are perfectly imperfect and it’s keeping the (more minor) imperfections that is the trick to all of this. Whilst the golden ratio of Phi (the mathematical measurement of beautification) is a helpful concept to have, it’s odd to think that traditional beauties, such as Audrey Hepburn or Marylin Monroe, would have been modified using this paint-by-numbers approach alone.
Of equal importance is the psychological effect of non-surgical procedures. Wanting to look fresh and attractive is hardwired within us. The gentle softening of negative signs of ageing should enhance our state of wellbeing. Yet it seems as if there is an increasingly unattainable goal going on, where cartoonish figures set an odd standard. Media, particularly social media, is the most powerful and pervasive medium for perpetuating this.
Pleasingly, research indicates that the majority of patients are satisfied having undergone cosmetic procedures, yet there is an increasing group that derives minimal if any benefit from having them.
A non-surgical or cosmetic procedure should enhance your sense of wellbeing and confidence, no doubt. However, it’s important to be mindful of your motivation(s) and realistic expectations, and not be led by unrealistic expectations of a capitalising or cultural agenda.