For generations, the term “anti-aging” has dominated the beauty and cosmetic treatment markets, with men and women both looking to turn back the hands of time and maintain a vital, youthful appearance forever. This has created a negative connotation when it comes to aging and has created an obsession with anti-aging products and treatments. But the fact is you can’t stop yourself from aging, and the pro-aging movement embraces this fact and focuses more on aging gracefully and loving yourself instead of getting caught up in the never-ending battle of trying to stay young forever.
What is the Pro-Aging Movement?
The pro-aging movement celebrates life and the fact that aging is normal and, in fact, a gift for many. It turns the focus away from fighting the signs of aging and instead focusing on the overall health of your body and your skin through healthy living and providing your body with the right nourishment both inside and out. Rather than focus on doing everything you can to look youthful forever, pro-aging embraces the natural signs of aging and focuses on enhancing your natural appearance and the subtle changes that are occurring. It is about feeling confident in your skin!
Nourishing Your Body and Your Skin
The idea of pro-aging really starts well before the signs of aging ever appear. It is about learning how to nourish and protect your skin, meeting its specific needs through time, all while understanding that no matter what we do, aging is inevitable. Viewing the aging process in a positive way and having a more realistic approach to growing older allows you to work with your body instead of against it. Over time, you can make small adjustments and develop healthy habits that nourish your body, enhance your natural beauty, and allow you to age gracefully.
Pro-Aging Doesn’t Mean Cosmetic Procedures Are Out
Pro-aging is not an all or nothing concept. Pro-aging focuses on being the best “you” that you can be without feeling the need to stay young or fit into a specific societal standard. It is about loving the skin that you are in and being happy with what you see in the mirror every morning. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, this means choosing procedures that enhance your natural beauty and make YOU feel better about yourself and not ones that you feel are necessary to regain a more youthful appearance.
Some popular cosmetic treatments that can still fit within the pro-aging movement can include:
- Facial Procedures – Facial procedures, such as rhinoplasty and even a facelift or eyelift, can address facial concerns that you have lived with for years or give you more confidence in your appearance.
- Injectables – While the idea behind injectables, such as BOTOX or dermal fillers, is to combat the signs of aging by reducing fine lines or adding volume, it doesn’t mean that these treatments are not for pro agers. If additional volume in your face or eliminating crow’s feet makes you feel better about yourself, then go for it.
- Body Contouring – Body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck, not only give you a firmer stomach area but can also help reduce lower back pain that you may experience due to weakened or stretched abdominal muscles.
While the pro-aging movement focuses on embracing your natural beauty and aging gracefully, it doesn’t mean you have to say no to a cosmetic procedure that will help you feel more confident about yourself.
Dr. Kobienia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has provided the greater Minneapolis, MN, area with plastic and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years. Many have benefited not only from his expertise in plastic surgery, but also the genuine kindness and professionalism in his approach.