Understanding Age, Memories, and How They Impact Aesthetic Practice

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According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS, 2017), the number of nonsurgical treatments grew 650% from 1996 to 2016. As these procedures have evolved and improved, so have their ability to deliver results that enhance one's natural beauty and reverse the signs of aging. Many patients seek these procedures in the hopes of looking younger and more refreshed, but “younger” can be subjective and the patient's desired outcome may be difficult for practitioners to interpret. A recent study (Next Steps in Dermatology, 2017) of 350 women found that patients are carrying around a “memory photo” of themselves that is about 10 years younger than their actual age. Findings from this survey yielded new insights into patient perceptions of age and provides practitioners with a powerful new tool that can be applied in daily clinical practice.

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