LET US GET SPECIFIC, SHALL-WE?
Concentrating on facially beauty particularly, studies across various cultures (and both genders included) have demonstrated that to strive for beauty we must address some key facial issues. These include the following;
1) The shape of the face and chin, as well as cheek prominence and the symmetry of these structures
2) The height of the forehead
3) Eyebrow shape and fullness
4) Eye size and the distance between the eyes
5) Nose shape and size
6) Lips (size shape and symmetry)
7) Skin texture, clarity, color and imperfections
Granted that we cannot alter some of these issues such as forehead height, eye size or inter-eye distance we can pretty much modify the other features. The chin, cheeks, lips, and nose are all amenable to modification by injectable fillers or surgery. Eyebrow shape can be improved by botox and fillers as well as plucking and contouring.
Many techniques exist to improve skin quality. These can include your usual moisturizers as well as chemical peels, dermabrasions and laser treatments. Marry these to proper make-up applications and hairstyling and the results can be quite impressive. Compliment with an appropriate dress style and positive energetic mental attitude and watch out folks!!!
At Medestetica this is what we want to attain.
Why do we need to do all this in the first place.
Firstly we may have been born with some asymmetries or imperfections that render us self-conscious. They may have been acquired due to a trauma or infection or even a surgery. Given that our face identifies who we are and albeit too many times wrongly defines us, it is the element that most influences our interaction with others. Think of Cyrano de Bergerac who wooed the women he loved with his wonderful words but because of his unsightly nose could only use these words trough a good looking but less eloquent man. Fortunately the women (upon learning the source of these wonderful seductive words) fell in love with Cyrano despite his nose. In modern society I am not certain we always have the time to use our charm and personality to succeed and looks (at least to create a favorable first impression) may be necessary. Whether this is right or wrong is the subject of a potentially long debate and really not the scope of my blog.
Our faces age by the ravages of time and external elements such as sun exposure and toxic chemicals as in cigarette smoke. Medical conditions including dermatological diseases (eczema/psoriasis/keratosis), hormonal issues (post-menopausal/thyroid) and other medical conditions (liver, kidney and heart disease) can all affect skin quality.
As most women have learned over the centuries it is important to maintain skin quality by properly hydrating with moisturizer creams and drinking adequate amounts of fluids. Obviously avoiding sun exposure, using sunscreens and avoiding cigarette smoke is of the order. Consultation with your health provider is necessary to address the medical issues.
Where-as there is not very solid evidence as to the benefits of food types and supplements in skin rejuvenation I will discuss this in a future blog.
In my next blog I will review the effects of aging on our faces and discuss how and why our rejuvenation techniques work with a focus on injectable and topical treatments.
Dr. Bernucci runs a busy medical practice. He is frequently called upon to advise on elaborating educational programs for fellow physicians and as a conference lecturer to other medical doctors. He also speaks frequently to large groups of patients as well as the general public on numerous topics. He is one of the Co-Authors of Managing My Life: Managing My Health.