We live in a society that presents myriad social pressures in terms of physical appearance, which leads many people to develop an irrational fear of aging
This is called Gerascophobia.
The fear of becoming dependent on others, the logical decrease in mobility and autonomy, the prospect of being transferred to a nursing home, noticeable changes in their physical appearance, or the gradual deterioration in their state of health are the most common characteristics.
In the case of those who dedicate themselves to activities such as modeling, acting, singing, and other similar activities, and therefore depend so much on their image, there is the panic that the passing of the years may wreak havoc in the process.
In addition, the current fashion with technological devices and the rise of images, cause a need to have the "perfect appearance."
And it is here where the aesthetics, cosmetics, gyms, and surgery industry has found an important market that moves millions of dollars daily, since in some cases, for more psychological help for the understanding and acceptance of aging as a natural cycle of life, in some people have not been strong enough arguments to accept it.
According to the latest statistics, the largest number of surgeries performed worldwide are in this order:
- Augmentation mammoplasty
- Blepharoplasty (eyelids)
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
- facial filler
- Reduction mammoplasty
The country with the highest number of cosmetic surgeries is the United States, followed by Brazil and Mexico. This represents that…” the global market for cosmetic medicine and surgery was valued at US$69.47 billion in 2021 and is expected to experience CAGR growth of 9.5% between 2022 and 2030….”(Source: Statista).
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When someone thinks about undergoing one or several surgeries on their face or body, they undoubtedly expect improving, hiding defects, eliminating wrinkles, or shaping their body attractively and clearly, retaining time and looking younger. of his chronological age.
The fear of not having more roles in the movies, of not being called or called to hold concerts or tours, is a widespread fear among show business personalities. There are successful cases, without a doubt, but there are many others whose results have been disastrous and which have generated the opposite effect, attracting unfortunate comments and notes from their fans or journalists.
In recent days, the singer Madonna, the Queen of Pop, has been the center of criticism for her deteriorated appearance and her total alteration of her physiognomy. Undoubtedly, this appearance, together with some videos and out-of-place attitudes, lead one to think that she may suffer from Gerascophobia. We could name several celebrities who have been negatively affected by the attempt to slow down the passing of the years: Michael Jackson, Melanie Griffith, Mickey Rourke, Demi Moore, Joan Van Ark, Donatella Versace, Li'l Kim, Jocelyn Wildenstein, and many others further.
Bryan Jhonson is a 45-year-old magnate who spends two million dollars a year on treatments and diets, to have the youth of an 18-year-old boy. His daily habits include supplements, special drinks, exercise, and nutritional and medical controls of all kinds. He launched the 'Rejuvenation Olympics whereby he invites other people to adopt these routines and habits for rejuvenation. He has decreased his general condition in five years and additionally, his internal organs are in perfect condition.
What is true is that any intervention, substance, or scalpel that alters our body, in a given time, produces unwanted results and consequences. Time is inexorable and our skin, organs, and bones show natural wear and tear that no matter how much effort and millions we will not be able to completely ignore or hide. The best of decisions is to take care of ourselves, maintain healthy habits, and have a healthy mental attitude in the face of wrinkles and natural limitations that come with maturity and old age.