None of us relish the thought of becoming older or reaching those milestone “0” birthdays but it’s a fact of life. Many individuals have a hard time accepting that they are no longer young, 20 or 30 somethings and try to hang on to their youth as long as possible, something I find rather sad and quite vulgar in some cases. There is nothing worse than a middle aged person( male or female) dressing like their children or even worse reverting to acting the way the may have 20 or 30 years ago.So many individuals hit 40 or 50 and go into mid life crisis, often separating from partners with whom they have spent most of their lives to embark on their own journey of personal discovery, looking for something, anything that prevents them from facing the fact that they are ageing.
I have never had an issue with my age. For me, I feel each additional year is a bonus and endeavour to live each day as if it were my last. Keeping fit and caring about my appearance has always been a priority, not to please others but because it makes me feel good. I know I no longer look the way I did in my 20’s and don’t have a problem with that but many individuals do and go to great lengths to preserve their looks or restore them to a time where they felt secure and happy with themselves.
Cosmetic procedures are booming, even in these uncertain financial times.For many, employment security is seen as the catalyst for undergoing a procedure and for others it is seen as the panacea to all their insecurities and problems. An individual undergoing any cosmetic procedure needs to be realistic about their expectations and realise that no amount of enhancement, pumping, filling or lifting will solve their problems (or turn back their true age) and if this is understood, the benefits may be improved self confidence and a fresher appearance. Cosmetic surgery can certainly improve one’s self esteem, something I discovered in my early 20’s.A doctor discovered I had a malignant tumour inside my nose which required immediate surgery and it was the surgeon who suggested that since I had to have extensive, invasive work done, that I should also have my nose straightened and a bump from the bridge of my nose removed( in addition to having an hereditary Roman nose, it had also been broken in my childhood). I agreed to the cosmetic suggestion without a thought as I would not have a photo taken and was very self conscious of my appearance. My levels of self esteem rose considerably and I no longer felt as if I needed to hide when a camera appeared.
Why do I bring all this up today? Hmm.A very good friend has decided to undergo a procedure, which is wonderful but I am concerned that she has unrealistic expectations and will be disappointed if they are not met. I think she is courageous to even consider having it done , considering all the recent negative publicity about operations gone wrong.She has been considering this for some time and has decided now is the right time in her life to have it done. As a friend, of course I am being supportive and will be there for her after her procedure to assist if required but I just hope that she is not disappointed with the results because she does have high expectations. She has a highly qualified and well respected surgeon, so I know she is in good hands but as I friend I am concerned that everything will go well for her.She says she is aware of the risks and has a positive attitude. I can’t wait to see the result. 🙂