“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”–Betty Friedan

From liposuction to tucks to rejuvenation and contouring procedures, more people are turning to cosmetic surgery to correct whatever assumed or actual problem they may have with their bodies.

I remember the time when aging gracefully was such a beautiful thing. A time when people proudly showed off the crow lines around their eyes and lips, creases in their foreheads and the maturity that came with gaining years… well, that time has passed, and these days, cosmetic procedures are used to recreate youth and hide the signs of aging. Rather than using corrective procedures to mask injuries and deformities; surgical procedures are now available for every part of the body – and used to erase natural signs of aging in men and women.

Instead of modifying lifestyle choices and engaging in healthy eating, skin care and exercising patterns, people prefer to have surgeons stretch, tuck and chop off problem areas. This trend is not only used by the elderly, a large number of 20-somethings are using surgical procedures to tweak their bodies, even to the point to wanting to resemble celebrities.

Birth defects or deformities can affect self-confidence and happiness; however carrying out surgeries for reasons that cannot be medically-backed is just going overboard. Breaking the cartilage in the nose to make it more pointed; face lift, brow lift and disguising drooping skin on the forehead and beneath the jaw line, westernization of eyelids, surgical procedures to trim the tummy and waist, others to increase or decrease the size of the hips, butt and boobs, using Botox, Restylne and other injectable fillers to plump out the skin and lips etc. can truly erode signs of aging to the point of leaving some people unrecognizable.

Despite all the hype and assumed benefits, cosmetic surgery has its downside. It often doesn’t come out as expected or triggers infections or disease in the body that if left untreated, could be fatal. Some side effects include nerve damage, infections, blood clots, internal/external bleeding, permanent scars, etc. it can also lead to depression if the effects are not as desired – as has been the case for so many people who went under the knife.

Some people consider aging a negative thing. They are image conscious, have various forms of body insecurities, constantly judging and making comparisons – some of these people think that having procedures done could boost their confidence and overall appearance.

“For some reason, our society is very obsessed with pointing out negative aspects of aging,” says Susan Whitbourne, PhD, she also cautions, “Don’t get bogged down in all the hype about aging. Once you start thinking about it, it can drive you mad. There’s nothing you can do; the clock is going to tick away.”

Would you go under the knife to correct some imperfection? Remember to do proper research before carrying out any procedure. Embrace your body and embark on a proper skincare regimen, eat healthy, exercise carefully, avoid tobacco, excessive alcohol and exposure to sunlight, and remember to catch up on sleep.

It is possible to fix the outward signs of aging; however, the true age and state of your internal organs can’t be altered. Having the face and body of a 26-year-old and the heart of an 80-year-old sure doesn’t make any difference. If the internal organs are healthy and well cared for, it is bound to be evident on the outer part of the body.

Be wise in your choices… some procedures are irreversible and may be detrimental to your overall well-being!