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The survey’s finding that so many women are focused on stress and anxiety has implications for cosmetic physicians, according to Dr. Tailor.
“All doctors, including cosmetic surgeons, need to be aware of these issues. We need to counsel patients on how to cope with stress and anxiety,” she says. “… it is important to give women an opportunity to relax and pamper themselves.”
Making the choice to care for themselves could have a positive ripple effect of improving self-esteem, reducing stress and anxiety and even improving relationships and performance at work, Dr. Tailor says.
While Dr. Tailor says a larger study of women from different geographic areas would help confirm results, the survey is a reminder that the goal isn’t to cosmetically and unnaturally eliminate aging.
“A common fear women have is that having a cosmetic procedure will make them look ‘over-done,’ but the aim of good cosmetic treatments is to make women look fresh and rejuvenated,” Dr. Tailor says.
“It’s not about making someone 45 look 25 for example, it’s about educating women on the most appropriate treatments for them and supporting them in their goal to improve their skin and feel good about how they look.”