What does “aging gracefully” mean anyway?

If you're considering plastic surgery, you've probably heard a few friends or family members harp on about "aging gracefully." This phrase is a favorite among men and women who have yet to contend with the first signs of sagging skin and volume loss. Women in particular are expected to age gracefully, yet every Hollywood actress over the age of 35 seems to be asked about her future plans for cosmetic alteration.

Recently, Slate Magazine touched on this double standard and how it was displayed at the Academy Awards. The source notes that certain older actresses like Meryl Streep and Sally Field are praised for aging naturally, while those who have had obvious cosmetic enhancements are widely maligned for "trying to look young."

"We don't know what Streep and Field do to maintain their looks—all we know is that they have successfully navigated Hollywood's dual requirement to look amazing post-60 while never signaling that they've worked at it," the source states. 

However, just because the signs of cosmetic enhancements aren't obvious, doesn't mean they haven't occurred. In addition, the magazine argues that devoting year after year to strict dieting, workout routines, anti-aging creams and other habits is not necessarily more "natural" than consulting plastic surgeons in Miami anyway.

Ultimately, it falls to every individual to decide how they'll handle the aging process. Many people find that investing in subtle treatments like dermal fillers or Botox injections helps them feel more confident as they grow older, and who is anyone to begrudge them that self-esteem boost?

Dr. Christopher Craft is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami with years of experience performing ant-aging treatments. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

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