It seems that everywhere you look someone has their hand out for your discretionary money.  And most of the time it’s only a couple of bucks.  Less than a mocha latte a day they tell you.  You’ll never miss it, they tell you.

A couple of bucks a month here to Pandora.  A couple of bucks there to upgrade to some other app.  Some money to the GoFundMe account of someone you never met.  Pretty soon you’re talkin’ about some real money and you realize that there’s not a whole lot left.  And when you sit down in front of your laptop you discover you haven’t really gotten a lot of value. 

If that makes you ask yourself exactly how much value you’re getting for your buck, that’s a good thing.

Which brings me to the subject of this little article.  Why bother looking good?  What’s the value in looking rested?  Looking youthful?  After all…you haven’t changed that much, have you?  You sorta look like you looked last month, last year.  And anyway, you’ll get around to it someday.  Before it’s too late.

Well…I’m going to give you a few good reasons.  Reasons why investing in how you look makes more sense then upgrading your Pandora account.  (Full disclosure...I use Pandora and like it.  But I use the free version.)

For starters, you’ll feel better about yourself.  And you’ll feel better knowing that you look a little more relaxed and a little more rested.

Let’s just take the wrinkle relaxers, Botox and Xeomin.  I’ve lost track of the number of patients who come in and say some version of: “Doc, everyone tells me I look mad all the time.”  And when you put a mirror in front of them and show them how much more relaxed they would look if the wrinkles in the frown area and the horizontal lines on the forehead were gone they are literally amazed.  I never realized that,” they say.  And you won’t believe how easy it is to do.

When you feel better about yourself, your mood is better.  Your self-confidence increases.

There are a lot of medical studies that show that wrinkle relaxers, like Xeomin and Botox can lessen depression.  Yes...actual, documented medical studies.

There’s a definite evidence that shows that people who make the effort to look more youthful and actually have these treatments performed are more likely to eat well, take supplements and work out.  (And, of course, you know about the correlation between people who work out and the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.)

Some time ago about a thousand twins were studied in Denmark (who knew Denmark had that many twins?) and the results showed the twin that looked more youthful usually lived longer.  That’s worth a Decaf Mocha Latte with Almond Milk, don’t you think?

I’m here to tell you that you can’t escape the aging process.  But I’m also here to tell you that with a little effort you can slow that aging process and tap into all those good benefits.

You don’t have to do it all, all at once.  We are charter members of the “Baby Steps” club. 

Whatever else you do, it’s worth sitting down with someone you trust who has a lot of experience in the art and science of aesthetics, like me, and talking about it.  Telling you exactly what benefits will accrue.  What the value will be.

You won’t regret it.

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