Positive ageing – it’s all in your eyes!
‘Positive ageing’ has been shown to improve your chances of living a longer, healthier, happier life.
Read on to find out what it involves – and how cosmetic procedures like eyebrow lifts and eye bag removals can also play a part.
As life expectancies rise around the world, embracing a positive approach to our middle and later years is key to getting the most out of life.
But how can we do this? – A major part of it is to do with outlook and mental attitude. On a basic level, keeping our minds and bodies fit and active provides significant benefits that will help you approach each day with clarity and energy.
At a more advanced level, scientists have developed a set of ideas called ‘positive ageing’ or healthy ageing, which is supported by some of the world’s most influential groups – including the World Health Organisation.
In fact, as far back as 2003, scientists were already discovering that those who had negative perceptions of older people, and then maintained those perceptions as they themselves got older, had a life expectancy more than seven years shorter than those who had a positive attitude towards ageing.
How to be positive about ageing
So what are the best ways of ensuring you feel the benefits of positive ageing?
Keep fit – both mentally and physically. As well as regular exercise, make sure you spend time keeping your brain in gear. Whether it’s reading, learning a new language, tackling cryptic crosswords or mastering a new game, ensuring your mind is alert will give you a great advantage.
Treasure your family and friends. Make time to keep those relationships alive. Engage in the world around with you by doing simple things like watching the news and talking to family, friends and neighbours. It’s much healthier to be an active participant in the world rather than a passive watcher.
Worry less. As we get older, our understanding of what we can achieve becomes more realistic – so with a little bit of effort we can learn to ask for help, not be fazed by unexpected changes, and develop ways to reduce and manage stress by becoming more able to relax and see the bigger picture.
Set measurable goals. By setting and achieving goals, you give yourself a sense of control, as well as a feeling of purpose and contentment. Both of these are important factors in ensuring a positive and happy mindset.
Procedures tohelp you feel more confident
Being confident is another common characteristic of people with a positive approach to ageing.
There are lots of ways to achieve confidence. But one of them is undoubtedly looking the way you’d like to look and enjoying the feeling of being who you want to be. Two of our procedures are particularly common among people approaching ageing with a positive attitude.
Eyebrow lift – Brow lift surgery can help you feel better about the appearance of your upper face, particularly if you have loose skin or wrinkles on your forehead. The procedure is designed to tighten up the loose skin and produce a more youthful appearance.
Our GMC-registered surgeons have years of experience performing thousands of these procedures, and are experts in ensuring incisions are made close to your natural hairline to minimise the sight of any scarring. In time, your scars will also fade, making them even less visible.
Eye bag removal – If you have loose, sagging skin beneath your eyes, eye bag removal surgery could help to boost your confidence when you next look in the mirror. Sometimes known as a lower blepharoplasty, all our eye bag removal procedures are carried out by our experienced surgeons, who have considerable expertise in removing the excess skin and fat from the area below the eyes.
So if you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of bags under your eyes, talk to our team of specialists today.
Say yes to a new look. Get in touch with our friendly team and start your journey to a new you today.
 Mind Matters: Cognitive and Physical Effects of Aging Self-Stereotypes; Becca R. Levy et al; The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 58, Issue 4, 1 July 2003, Pages P203-P211.