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With such a mild winter this year, it feels like Spring came months ago. In reality, Spring arrived on March 22nd and for many that means the beginning of the season when we start trying to shed the weight gained during the cold winter months. For me it means heading to the gym, walking the Lafayette Reservoir and, new this year, The Daily Method. We all want to get back into that bathing- suit shape we had at the end of last summer and I’m no exception.

As always, proper diet and exercise are keys to transforming our bodies into top form. However, every year as we grow older, our skin changes, we can’t metabolize fats like we used to and we have slightly less muscle mass. This is why we inevitably begin to see the signs of aging as sagging, wrinkles, and those stubborn little pockets of fat that seem to stay no matter how hard we work out. Add to this any major change in weight such as having a baby, and gravity may have the advantage.

Originally Published in Alamo Today

Our natural aging process lets gravity accelerate the descent of one of the most prominent features of our face, our brow. Take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror.

Are you using your forehead muscles to hold up your brow?

Do you see horizontal lines on your forehead?

Do you have to hold your forehead up in order to see?

Patients often mistakenly relate these issues with the need of needing their eyelids rejuvenated (blepharoplasty). However, these issues are not resolved with the pulled back look of a blepharoplasty alone. What is needed is a complete repositioning of the brow to a natural, youthful position...a brow lift.

Ear piercing, the most widely practiced piercing, has existed for many generations as a way to ornament the human body. Mummified remains thousands of years old have been found with pierced ears, both to decorate the remains and give them treasures in their after-life. Later, early explorers would pierce one ear in the belief that they would then be able to see farther. By the 1800’s, sailors pierced their ears in the hopes that if they died and their body washed ashore, the finder would be able to sell the jewelry for enough money to bury the body.

In modern times, body jewelry has progressed significantly from the rudimentary tools and ideas used in the past. Most piercings today are done for purely aesthetic reasons, unlike the pioneers of body jewelry. However, some people still experience some unfortunate side effects. An accident or heavy earrings can cause a tearing of the skin around the hole in the earlobe, turning something that is supposed to add beauty into a displeasing scar or tear.

Healthy. Rested. Radiant. Powerful. It is how we feel. Others should see us this way. We embrace the wisdom, confidence and independence we feel as we grow older and although we do not want to chase the facade of youth, we want to be treated as youthful, connected and “with it”.

I went to Milosport, a local Lafayette skate board, snow board, wake board shop this evening to buy my 7 year old son his first skate board for his birthday. At 45, I still want to feel and, I admit, look “cool”. I am grateful the young people at the shop made me feel good when I talked about my own snowboarding experience.

Promoting the concept of looking our best at our age and at the same time feeling comfortable and powerful in our own skin is my goal. Cosmetic surgery procedures are popular for erasing years from your face, eyes and neck.