Why Plastic Surgery Is a Bad Idea
It is shockingly expensive, can result in death or disfigurement, and fails to address many of the changes that take place in one’s face. Why take such a big chance with your life and health?
In terms of your face, over time, you can look forward to multiple major changes:
Loss of skin tone, stretching and enlarging of pores, a dulling of the complexion, loss of fat. slackening of muscles. formation of deep lines and furrows and decrease in skull size. Yes, decrease in skull size. (Whenever you get too acidic, your body steals calcium from your skeleton to keep you alkaline….otherwise your kidneys die. It is the underlying cause of loss of bone density and osteoporosis. But more on that in a future post).
Plastic surgery approaches this like a tailor altering a suit. Identify the areas of excess, take suit apart, snip away excess fabric, stitch back together. The only difference is the sedation, medication bruising and swelling. Well, that’s what happens when you are treated like a suit, which of course, you are, but you are a living suit. Your fabric hurts. Not only that, but you will still have enlarged pores, dull skin and a shrinking skull. Most lines will still be there as well. (You will then have fillers recommended to you which will add an extra thousand or two to your bottom line, or rather, your surgeon’s.)
There are so many other things you can do that will benefit you systemically, working with your body rather than against it. And you will look more like you did when you were younger. Plastic surgery can make you look somewhat younger, but rarely does it make you look like yourself at a younger age. I hope you see the nuance here. Plastic surgery tends to modify your features, not put them back as they were twenty years ago. Once you have reached the point in aging where your muscles have thinned and you have lost significant facial fat, it can’t. Nor can plastic surgery remove facial lines nor perk up dull skin. So, just how young do you think you will look once the swelling goes down?
Surgery is an invasion and there are many cases of infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, failure of tissue to heal and permanent disfigurement (there are many crucial facial nervesburied at varying
depths and even the slightest nick of a scalpel renders them permanently useless). It is also outrageously expensive and many people do not quite look like themselves following the procedure. The muscles get shortened, and although they may be tighter, they are also thinner and more flat. Contour is often lost. Restoring contour calls for facial fillers like Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite gel) or Juvederm (a hylaluronic acid filler).
(Look for a future post centering on fillers. They are interesting and can be very helpful for certain problems for those seeking a moderately priced quick fix.)
The best approach is actually facial exercises. and I will tell you why. By using facial exercises, you create a piezoelectrical effect which helps to preserve the bone density of your skull which means that your facial skin will continue to fit and not hang in saggy pouches.
Piezoelectricity (pronounced /piˌeɪzoʊˌilɛkˈtrɪsɪti/) is the charge which accumulates in certain solid materials (notably crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical strain. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein (πιέζειν), which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron (ήλεκτρον), which stands for amber – an ancient source of electric charge. Piezoelectricity is the direct result of the piezoelectric effect.
(definition courtesy of Wikipedia)
And facial exercises are quite inexpensive to learn. There are all kinds of books, videos and teachers out there for you to choose from.