15 Sep Cosmetic Surgery for Baby Boomers
Cosmetic enhancements have come a long way in recent decades and in certain parts of the World, cosmetic intervention is a way of life entered into along with getting glasses or buying a hearing aid. Those who seek the delights of face lifting, breast tightening and tummy tucks are traditionally facing the aging process. Baby boomers tend to join the ranks of the cosmetically enhanced as they approach late middle age.
The temptation to consign flab and flap to the knife is considerable. The main attraction is, of course, the ‘quick fix’ aspect of the arrangement. Baby boomers who have spent a full and enjoyable life are probably wearing the evidence of years of indulgence on their faces and bodies. Some accept the badges of age with pride and a sense of humor but others, perhaps those a little more sensitive and mindful of appearances, opt for enhancement.
Dieting and exercise can get rid of the traces of imperfection but can take a very long time to achieve a lasting effect and perhaps not even then. A quick visit to a reputable plastic surgeon can produce another ten years shelf life, providing the process has been approached sensibly and with realistic targets.
Before approaching cosmetic surgery as an option, however, it is practical to first take an assessment of general health and ask yourself whether you are fit enough to undergo what is principally an unnecessary surgical procedure. Baby boomersresorting to cosmetic surgery are often doing so because they cannot be bothered to make changes naturally.
There are a number of non-aggressive options open to those who are determined to achieve cosmetic enhancement. Botox can be trialed without lasting effects and certainly spa treatments can produce dramatic results over time and include an enormous range of cosmetic preparations to limit the appearance of age. A word of warning though: when considering spray tanning, bear in mind that wrinkles will collect extra tanning solution and you could end up looking worse instead of better.
Before approaching a cosmetic surgeon, do take all the precautions possible to ensure that you consult a reputable surgeon attached to a properly registered clinic with every possible appropriate certification. Some clinics specialize in treating baby boomers and booming seniors and will carry impressive testimonials, so make sure you read them and make careful enquiries.
There is no need to be secretive about making inquiries to have surgery. Even if you do manage to keep your intentions under wraps, the evidence of your operation will become all too apparent – otherwise there is little point in doing it, right?
Finally, approach your surgery with the attitude that you are not younger as a result of cosmetic enhancement but just improved around the edges. There is little point in taking a step that completely alters your appearance but has a detrimental effect on your emotions. Accept that the changes are cosmetic and nothing can remove the years you have lived. Why would anyone want to? Baby boomers tend to have pragmatic outlook and adapt well to circumstances. Cosmetic surgery need not be an exception to this rule.
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