Age And Our Ever-Changing Beauty Concerns

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When you look in the mirror, what do you focus on? Is it the same feature you worried about most 10 years ago? According to a recent survey, it probably isn’t-and it will probably change again in another decade.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently asked visitors on their joint website beautyforlife.com a number of questions about their physical preferences and perturbations. In doing so, it became clear that our focus shifts as we age, with both ourselves and others.

The face seems to be our foremost focus throughout life, with those in their 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s all ranking it as the physical feature about which they are most concerned. However, in our 30s, we temporarily shift our attention to the abdomen and hips. It is also in our 30s that we worry about our breasts more than any other time in our lives.

When it comes to observing others, those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s find a fit, well-proportioned body the most attractive factor. As we enter our 50s and 60s, though, we find youthful skin especially appealing.

Members of the two surgeons’ societies are hoping to utilize these findings to better serve their patients and more accurately address their concerns.

“It is always important to understand what our patients are most concerned about at different stages of their lives,” said ASAPS President Renato Saltz, MD. “We want to be equipped to help our patients make the right decisions to maintain their beauty at every age-no matter which type of cosmetic medical procedure they are interested in.”

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