As I reflect on the word “anti-aging”, I ask myself, “Is that the best way to describe the care I provide for my patients on a daily basis?” It’s a fact that all of us are going to keep aging as long as we are able to take a breath, so, perhaps I should begin using more positive and uplifting terms to describe what I am doing to help patients feel better about themselves. Since aging is inevitable, maybe I could encourage my aesthetically-focused colleagues to, not push against the aging process, but find ways to “embrace youth”. Maybe by guiding patients to be the best version of themselves, we, in this industry, can begin to take the pressure off of everyone to stop trying to attain the unrealistic images we are bombarded with every day in the media. I firmly believe each and every one of us has so much beauty on the inside, as well as, the outside of these magnificent bodies.
We just need to find ways to train the thought processes of our patients to be more self-loving. And, trust me, this is advice I need to practice on myself, too. The aesthetics industry can be brutal for making us feel like we are never enough and we need to constantly strive to look perfect. I believe we are all amazing as we are…..we just may want to enhance certain attributes or features so we can go out into this crazy world feeling more confident and strong.
I am committed to being a physician who sees the positive attributes in every patient who decides to give me the honor of helping create balance and harmony within their body, mind, and spirit. The name of my Instagram account is enhanced.elegance for that very reason. Enhancing elegance or embracing youth so each of us can strive to be the healthiest, most vivacious creature we can be will go a long way in helping patients live life as fully as possible. I see my role as a healer to be something like a coach or a cheerleader so patients leave my office feeling better than when they walked in. As I look at my own thought patterns, it is time for me to stop pushing against the aging process by practicing “anti-aging medicine” and embrace every decade that our beautiful bodies experience on this planet. I’m realizing that tweaking my perspective a tiny bit can powerfully influence my daily interactions in the most beneficial ways.
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