Women: is THIS the age?

As a woman, I worry about aging.  I just do. My friends tell me not to and we laugh a lot about how we have changed over the last 10 years.  Do you ever worry about aging?

As a facial plastic surgeon, I have the unique perspective of being on both sides of the mirror, and I found an article that caught my attention.      

A survey of 2,000 people performed by Dr. Julian De Silva of the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in London, showed that more than 2/3rds of women respondents said they began to notice a decrease in male attention in their 40s and a more noticeable decline at 45.  Signs of aging that made them feel less attractive included grey hair (check), wrinkles (check), and eye bags (check).  http://bit.ly/isTHIStheage.  This was slightly better news than previous articles which said women feel old starting in their 30s. 

My first grey hair was during my surgical residency at 29 years old.  I plucked it but it came back – with friends.  

Somewhat surprisingly, and a little different from what we have heard from similar surveys in the past, that same survey showed that 1 in 4 men had similar findings, noticing a decline in attractiveness in their 40s with a noticeable decline at 47.  Their most hated “aged” attributes included gynecomastia (enlarged male breast tissue), grey hair, drooping jowls, and double chins.  http://bit.ly/isTHIStheage

Aging is inevitable but what we do about it and how we feel about it is not.  Here are my top 3 recommendations for a youthful face, heart, and mind based on inspiration from "The Confidence Code" by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay: 

  1. Be authentic - Think about who you are and live that way.  Surround yourself with people who love YOU no matter what. Usually, this is only a handful of very special people.
  2. Do something. Take action. – Don’t be afraid to try something new: project at work, a hobby, a new hair style, or even a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon about that THING that bothers you.  Ever thought about trying Botox? It takes some courage!  
  3. Think less. – A clear head and heart is the best way to navigate this world. Think about the stress in your life and work to have balance.  Worry less, protect yourself, and keep fighting.

Today, tell your friends that you love them.

Kaete Archer, MD Facial Plastic Surgeon

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