Question: Why does it bother me that I'm starting to look like my parents?
Answer: "I never thought I'd find myself in plastic surgeon's office." I hear that comment all the time. Our patients are vibrant, active, youthful. They find it deeply disturbing to look in the mirror and see an old reflection.
Some time ago, the Palm Beach Post featured an article titled "Is Your Age Your Superpower?" discussing the lack of appropriate media presence and vocabulary for the not-so- senior people who are in their mid-50s and up.
I'm sure many of you get it what I'm talking about especially if you live in South Florida. It's the comments like, "Wow, you look good for your age," or "I never have thought you were that old with the activities you do."
Alas, welcome to the world of today's senior whose preconceived notions of how they would look and feel physically, and how they would feel about how they look, don't match their reality. While many grew up hearing people say, "You're as young as you feel," the truth is that the adage only goes so far. Many even find themselves treated differently based on preconceived notions of what's to be expected at their age.
Take the term, “resting bitch face” (RBF) as an example. RBF is a relaxed face that looks unhappy.
Imagine you need help from one of two sales people: One has RBF, the other does not. Which face, or salesperson, would you chose? It's not fair, but it's real, right?
As for our parents, attitudes toward age and life expectancy were different back then. They acted and even looked older, and the procedures for rejuvenation were not as available nor prevalent for them. To bring it full circle, if you're bothered that you look (old) like your mom or dad, come visit us. We get it! Let's have a conversation and a consultation on how we can help. There are many procedures available that can truly help you love your reflection and ultimately help you look as good as you feel, inside and out!
Andrea Hass, M.D., is Board Certified in Ophthalmology (residency: Temple University) and Fellowship Trained in Orbital & Oculoplastic Surgery (Wills Eye Hospital). She is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons and has practiced in New York City and in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, plastic surgeon Brian Hass, M.D., since 1995.
Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa
2401 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens