Does Looking Younger Make You Feel Younger?

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Does Looking Younger Make You Feel Younger?

As time passes and we age, we may not only begin to look older, but we may begin to start feeling older too. This is not something everyone embraces and is one of the reasons why people look for ways to appear younger than their actual age.

Facial plastic surgery falls into this category. Many people opt for facial plastic surgery procedures because they make them look younger. But, can they feel younger too?

Let’s take a look.

Does Looking Younger Make You Feel Younger?

Looking and Feeling Younger with Facial Plastic Surgery

There’s no doubt that many facial plastic surgery procedures can make you look younger. People opting for a facelift or neck lift may do it because they don’t like the sagging skin that can come with age. This can make them look older than they are and in turn, feel older too. 

Can facial plastic surgery help to change those feelings?

Research shows that plastic surgery can make people feel happier, which in turn, may make them feel younger because they’re no longer fixated on how much older they look.

Consider this…Research has shown that plastic surgery patients reported having more joy in life, greater self-esteem, and a higher sense of satisfaction after having a surgical procedure. When people have a higher sense of self-esteem, they feel better about themselves. This can include feeling younger.

Perhaps, before surgery, they had lower self-esteem because they didn’t like the image that was staring back at them in the mirror. They may have thought they looked old, which made them feel old. But, with their new feeling of self-esteem, they feel better about their appearance which may leave them feeling younger.

When people feel younger, they tend to have more energy to do things and more interest to try something new. Feeling younger can make you feel carefree. This can lead to new experiences and even meeting new people.

After a facial plastic surgery procedure, people may get the self-esteem they need to go out and be more social. Since they look younger, they may feel younger and want to try new social experiences.

When you’re not feeling good about yourself, you may not feel like socializing and tend to keep to yourself. This can lead to feelings of depression. But, you may be able to avoid these feelings when you start to feel better about yourself and even younger than your actual age.

Does Looking Younger Make You Feel Younger?

What are the Other Benefits of Feeling Younger?

Besides feeling better about yourself, there are other benefits of feeling younger. Research shows that when you feel younger, your brain may be aging more slowly. A study found that elderly people who feel younger than their actual age had a younger estimated brain age compared to those who felt their age or older.

Here’s another fun fact about feeling younger than your age…

People who felt younger than their age were also more likely to score higher on a memory test. They also considered their general health to be better. Sounds pretty good, right?

Since feeling younger has all of these benefits, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that so many people want to feel younger. For many that means looking younger and having facial plastic surgery to make that happen.

Getting Facial Plastic Surgery to Look Better

If you are thinking about getting facial plastic surgery to look better, consider these factors.

  • Decide how you want your surgery to change your look and if it will make you look younger as you desire.
  • Determine if your expectations are realistic.
  • Determine if you are ready for the recovery period and any other additional surgeries to achieve the look you want.

As you consider these factors, you can meet with a facial plastic surgeon. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will listen to your concerns and give recommendations as to how you can achieve the look you want. You’ll also find out if the look you want is realistic for your face. If not, your surgeon may suggest other ways to get that look.

Your surgeon can also tell you if you are a good candidate for surgery based on your health. You want to be in good health before having any elective plastic surgery. 

In the end, you want to feel confident about the surgery and how it’s going to make you feel. When you look in the mirror after your surgery, you want to look and feel younger so you can get all of the benefits of doing so. 

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