For most people, setting a New Year’s goal of looking and feeling young, vibrant and healthy is a priority. The two basics of achieving vibrant health and vibrant skin often have a lot in common from a foundational and holistic standpoint. This is where we begin to make the connection between inner and outer beauty and health. In Cosmetic Surgery, patients typically start with fillers or Botox when it comes to their face. In addition to these injectables, one can begin to achieve improved, glowing skin at any age by starting with an inside-out approach. One job of physicians specializing in skin and aesthetic procedures is to educate patients. Often, physicians create a visual teaching tool, or Beauty for Life pyramid, to provide information and ideas that can keep you looking great at any age. This pyramid and dialogue help patients make informed decisions about their health, skin and beauty. It also demonstrates next steps and when to transition to other stages such as injectables, Botox and surgery.

The Beauty for Life model is built on the concept of maintaining a daily, healthy foundation and building up from there. An example of my Beauty for Life approach is as follows:

Next is the transformative part of the pyramid. This stage supports a good skincare regimen and healthy habits including a monthly holistic facial. It is comprised of techniques such as acupressure, lymphatic drainage, the use of medical devices such as ultrasonic facial treatments, LED light therapy or oxygen therapy. These devices help during times of hormonal shifts, stressed out skin and sun damaged skin, or simply prevention and maintenance of healthy skin.

Rejuvenation is the stage that involves using fillers, Botox and lasers, which help stimulate collagen and tighten the skin and can significantly improve your appearance without surgery. There are many niche products to choose from based on your skin type needs and where the product is used. Your surgeon can best provide you with options during your consultation. Injectables can last for months and even years. Rejuvenation can also include surgery and has become more acceptable with people living longer healthier lives today. Some examples of various types of surgical procedures today are abdominoplasty, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, gynecomastia procedures, brachioplasty, thigh lift, liposuction and blepharoplasty. One of the most popular operations is the “Mommy Makeover” to address the areas (breasts, abdomen, and thighs) that women cannot improve on solely with diet, lifestyle changes, and exercise.