Never before have people from all walks of life been so forthcoming about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic enhancement.

One of the reasons is a more universal acceptance of self-actualisation through these procedures. The other is that many of today’s most famous faces (and bodies) have work done with results so extreme they could never be denied.

Do you care if others know you’ve had work done? For a growing number of individuals both in the spotlight and out of it, the answer remains no. Especially in the age of COVID, more and more people have embraced the idea of embracing their personal best, regardless of age. This doesn’t necessarily mean foregoing aesthetic enhancement. It does mean choosing changes that provide subtle, rather than obvious results. As we scoured the internet for the latest news and information about facial ageing and aesthetic procedures, we were surprised to learn that celebrities aren’t always as happy with their results as you might imagine.

Fat or Fillers? Take a Cue from Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is not known for her subtlety. Normally that’s a good thing. Earlier this year, however, Teigen opted for decidedly unsubtle buccal fat removal to create a slim jawline. The results of this procedure are appealing to patients in the short term. However, experts have concerns about the long-term impact. “I discourage people with lean faces from doing it because they’re going to look better now, but you’re going to look worse when you get older,” one plastic surgeon told the media. “I talk them out of doing it. I’d never do it on an older person because they’re going to lose the fat anyhow.”

Contouring with dermal fillers has become the more popular approach to facial beauty. As fans of Madonna recently learned, however, where your injector places the filler and how much filler is injected are key to a successful outcome.

Anti-Ageing Success: Not What, But Who

The 21st century may someday be known as the century aesthetic enhancement exploded. Almost every month, there are revolutionary, game-changing advancements in the way cosmetic surgeons and other medical experts are able to help their patients. At the same time, the tsunami of interest in personal appearance has led to the development of some very shady practices. What should you do?

Good health is the key to ageing naturally. The good news about good health is that there are outstanding professionals who can help you achieve it. Talk to your medical doctor about your goals. Once you have confirmed your overall body health is good, you can take the next step and get a recommendation or referral. Your goal is to find an aesthetic professional or cosmetic surgeon with the experience to guide you and the skills to give you subtle, natural-looking results in harmony with your other facial features.

Don’t Do What Madonna Did to Her Jaw

With her never-ending, mind-bending style changes, Madonna never fails to make a splash at the MTV’s annual Video Music Awards. Unfortunately, in 2021, her over-sculpted jawline was called out for being “bizarre”, “jowly”, and “puffed out”.

The problem is attributed to over-filling. Madonna clearly wasn’t listening three years earlier when beauty vlogger Cydnee Black started under-eye fillers, but was urged by her doctor to also “get fillers on her cheeks, underneath her under-eye fillers.” The results of this questionable advice prompted Black to say to Seventeen Magazine, “I just felt really, really regretful of it. Like, I just felt like it made me look bigger. It was probably one of the worst decisions I’d made, honestly.”

This is why Costhetics always reminds our dear readers to find a doctor near you with excellent training and experience in the procedure you’re considering.

How Simon Cowell Lost His Scowl

Simon Cowell’s famous facial expressions were on display throughout his time on American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent. He made no secret of his enthusiasm for muscle relaxants, prompting co-star Ryan Seacrest to say, “Simon Cowell’s had so many (injections), he can’t scowl.” Since that time, Cowell says he regrets going overboard with injectables and “cringes” when he watches old clips.

Cowell isn’t the only victim of too much of a good thing. Recently, Ageless Magazine printed a list of Australia’s most-injected celebrities including Sophie Monk. The 42-year-old singer/actress’s over-reliance on anti-wrinkle injections “has given her face an overdone and aged look,” say experts. (Isn’t the whole point of aesthetic enhancement to look younger?)

Successful Ageing: Doing What Comes Naturally

Age isn’t what it used to be. At the beginning of the 19th century, life expectancy was just 48 years. Today, people are just getting started at 50 and many are still going strong as they pass the 100-year mark. That’s something to celebrate, not dread!

Coco Chanel is famous for saying, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. It is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Are there things you can do to age with grace and joy? You bet. Here are Costhetics’ Top Six Tips for Ageing Naturally:

  • Take a chill pill – Reduce ageing stress by reminding yourself that the best is yet to come.
  • Get a good night’s sleep – While your conscious mind sleeps, your body gets to work, repairing and rejuvenating.
  • Expand your mind – Learning something new is invigorating. It literally gets your heart pumping with excitement. The internet ensures you have a feast of safe-during-COVID classes you can join, as well as tons of tutorials and other learning opportunities.
  • Stop being so salty – Sodium increases blood pressure and has been shown to contribute to the formation of under-eye bags that give you a tired, worn-out appearance. Steer clear of processed foods as they tend to be high in sodium. You can use things like lemon, herbs, and other spices to add healthy flavour.
  • Use nutrition as a tool – You are, indeed, what you eat. If you eat a nutritious, balanced diet, you are a mean, green anti-ageing machine. The right foods arm you with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to stay healthy.
  • Increase your drinking – Water is the essential ingredient to all kinds of body processes. You can also increase your water intake by snacking on hydrating veggies and fruits. The only caveat is to avoid sugary drinks that add calories and rot teeth.

There you have it: your road map to a future of happiness, health, and self-love. Costhetics already loves you.

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