What is Beauty?
The quest of beauty has been ongoing endeavour litterally for millenia. The definition of beauty, however, has changed overtime. The eternal questions remain: What is beauty? How can we attain beauty of become more beautiful? Fo we need to be more beautiful?
About beauty over the ages…
If we go back to 1300 BC it is believed that Queen Nefertiti utilized black eye color (eye liner) and red dyes color her lips. She is described as having refined facial features with a well defined jaw line and symmetrical features.
Over the ages women become idealized in different manners. In the 1600’s Rubens and Botticelli painted full figured women as this was though to be ideal. Bosoms also become more noticeable as compared to the prior century when women were encouraged to conceal their bosoms by wearing very tigh bandages and wraps. I
In the 1950’s curves were in (think of Marilyn Monroe and Sofia Loren_ but bye the 1960’s a thinner more androgenous look became more appealing. Since 1970’s and onto present time, it appeard that the athletic or healthy look is the way to go.
All for the sake of being beautiful
The years have also seen all sorts of differents (and many time dangerous) techniques to attain the ideals of beauty. Women would apply antimony sulphide to their eyes to dry them out and make them glitter (no doubt creating discomfort and possible damaging eyes lesions) or belladonna to dilate the pupils but also inhibiting vision not allowing the eye to accommodate to light. Imagine applying a concoction of chalk, vinegar and arsenic to make your skin look translucent and to give you that porcelain skin look.
To get those more desirable bosoms women would inject paraffin, collagen or silicone directly into their bosoms! You may ask: are we not still doing this? Obviously modern techniques are quite safe and have been scrutinized by both the medical and scientific community not to mention the government bodies.
Looking at ourselves
We can also define beauty as beign that wich is in the eye of the beholder. If you are beautiful to your soulmate that is really all that counts after all. If you feel right and your soul male finds you perfect, then there is no issue.
Beauty that is beheld by many people (or most people) such as Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt may define beauty. To become more beautiful many people want to approach the appearance of the “beautiful people” have. I do not believe that is the way we should go about it.
Patients frequently ask me for lips like Angelina Joli. My answer is « you are not Angelina Jolie». She was born with those lips (although I believe she gets regular treatments to maintain them). They look good on her because they marry well with her other facial features such as the shape of her face and her underlying bone structure. The goal is to improve your lips and assure that they fit into your face. We have all seen Hollywood excesses (duck like un-natural looking lips for example). We do utilize basic principles of beauty and symmetry (the golden rule and phi) to maximize the aesthetic result but the goal is to improve you and not to make you into some-one else. In future blogs we can discuss some of these rules and applications.
Let us also remember that beauty must come from within as well.” A healthy body makes a healthy mind”. I would venture to say that a healthy body and mind makes for an attractive person by virtue of their attitude, vitality and general demeanour.
How can we get there? You guess it : exercise, proper nutrition, relaxation addressing negative thoughts or anxiety – in essence coaching do improving general energy. The holistic approach involves these facets as well as others to enhance your appearance and self esteem. This may include advice on proper fashion wear, make-up, hairstyle, skin care and so on.
At Medestetica our approach to beautification will be exactly like this. Let us include the Botox, fillers and peels, but let us also addresses (when needed) the other issues mentioned above. In future blogs, you will be meeting the members of our team that will inform you on various topic including the psychology behind becoming more beautiful, the evidence role of nutrition and exercises in becoming more attractive as well as expert advice on concept of hairstyling and various cosmetics and how to apply them.
Speak to you soon.
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.