It’s February which means Valentine’s Day. I always found it uplifting that in the depths of winter, when it is dark and cold, we choose to celebrate the warmth of romantic love. It also should be a time to reflect on the importance of love in general. It is a tenet of a civilized society that we care about others and look after one another. No one is an island. With that said, I was just reminded moments ago by a patient I have treated for the past several years of the importance of looking great. This patient told me that she has never felt better about herself and that the interventions we have done, including eyelid rejuvenation surgery, a rhinoplasty and facial fillers, have given her improved self-confidence and happiness. She also committed to a serious fitness regime, dietary changes and improved sleep habits. She and her spouse shared with me that this improved self-esteem has translated into a new relationship, which gets us back to the power of love. There is no better feeling than that of being loved. I often say that what we do in our practice is much more than skin deep. This recent encounter drives that point home. Not only has the patient’s facial appearance been improved, but it has caused both she and her spouse to make a number of healthy choices that will often result in a healthier and longer life. A recent study looking at the importance of being happy with one’s appearance showed that looking good can result in up to an additional 7 years of life! The reason is simple: if you are happy with your appearance, you will make better life choices to maintain your health and well being. So, the next time you are thinking about the value of your decision to improve your appearance, recognize that you are helping to make yourself healthier and happier. I hope that Cupid’s arrow finds its mark. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder & Director Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center