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How Do Our Attitudes About Beauty Change As We Age?

What people find beautiful about themselves may be different than what they find appealing in another person. That's just one finding from a recent consumer survey conducted on the Beauty For Life website (a joint venture of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.) Visitors were asked "What aspect of physical beauty do you find most appealing in another person?" In their 20s, 30s, and 40s, respondents look for a fit, well proportioned body; youthful skin ranked at the top for respondents in the 50s and 60s. When considering "Which part of your body are you most concerned about?" respondents ranked their abdomen/hips number one in their 30s. But surprisingly, respondents listed the face, not their body, as the most popular choice in the 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

"It is always important to understand what our patients are most concerned about at different stages of their lives. We want to be equipped to help our patients make the right decisions to maintain their beauty at every age-no matter which type of cosmetic medical procedure they are interested in." said ASAPS President Renato Saltz, MD.

Additional results were revealed when answering "Which part of your body are you most concerned about?" While respondents primarily chose their face, significantly more respondents are concerned about their abdomen/hips than their breasts (chest)-with the disparity increasing throughout the decades:

1. 30s - 37% chose abdomen/hips as their top concern while only 18% chose breasts
2. 40s - 32% selected abdomen/hips and only 10% breast
3. 50s - 25% chose abdomen/hips compared to 7% breast
4. 60s - 23% indicated concern about their abdomen/hips, while only 7% selected breast

Community members were also asked to consider "The most important reason to maintain your physical appearance." "To boost self-confidence" was the top choice across all decades, with "To attract potential partners" a close second for the 20s. In the 30s and 40s, the second-most popular choice shifted to "To increase professional opportunities," which remained the number two choice in the 50s, but by a much smaller percentage. In the 60s, increasing professional opportunities fell to third behind "To help make friends."

"The survey on the BeautyforLife website has provided interesting data about patients' attitudes, motivation and perception. Our goal is to provide useful tools for prospective patients to help them first decide if a cosmetic medicine procedure is right for them and then to provide information on how to choose an appropriate provider," said Dr. Richard D'Amico, past president of ASPS.

Another question asked members to contemplate "The most important factor in maintaining beauty." While adherence to a healthy diet, regular exercise and skin care were popular choices, approximately one in five members felt that a cosmetic medical procedure was most important in the 50s and 60s.

This survey was conducted by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, via their Beauty for Life program designed to help people look and feel their best throughout their lives.

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Fall Fiesta!


Conkright Aesthetics Upcoming Events

Happy Friday!  I wanted to take the time this week to let you know that we here at Conkright Aesthetics are working on a few exciting events that will be taking place between now and the end of the year!  We are very excited about our upcoming events and hope you are too!  Keep checking back here for updates.  I will post information about our first of many upcoming events in the next week so be sure to check back.  Also a reminder that our event information can be found on our Facebook page as well.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out I would love for you to take a few minutes @ facebook.com/beautifultoo.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

-Stefanie-

the truth behind hydration

With so many beverage choices to choose from today, it is hard to determine whether or not you are getting enough fluids to satisfy your body.  It is especially important to stay hydrated during the heat of the summer which we are experiencing in full force right now.  Not only that, but getting your daily allotment of fluids can help you feel and even look better.  Below are some truths behind the "rules" of hydration:

  • You don't really need eight glasses of water each day.  It is actually recommended that women have about 11 1/2 cups and men have 15 1/2 cups of fluid daily.  But, about 20% of this will come from the food you eat.
  • Drinking coffee does NOT make you dehydrated.  So eight ounces of coffee is still eight ounces of fluid, and every ounce counts.
  • Water alone is not a weight loss aid.  What it can do, however, is ensure you are not mistaking thirst for hunger.  Having a zero calorie beverage with your meal can help slow down your food intake.
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.  It is very important to sip on fluids throughout the day so that you do not suffer from dehydration.
  • You can drink too much water.  Our kidneys can process no more than 1 liter per hour, so do not drink too much at once.
  • You don't need a sports drink every time you exercise.  If you are working out intensely and sweating profusely, than a sports drink can come in handy.  Otherwise your body probably already has all the carbs and electrolytes it needs.
  • Your body does NOT have to work harder to absorb cold water.  Therefore cold water is no better for you than warm water, but it does taste better so go ahead and add the ice.
  • All plain bottle water is basically the same.  The only difference is the source from which it is taken.  Some water may come from natural springs, others are imported, etc.

-Stefanie-

Free Gift with Purchase!!

Allergan has presented a wonderful limited time offer to individuals who purchase Latisse!  So if you are a current user of Latisse, now would be a great time to buy your next Latisse treatment.  If you are not a current user, now would be a good time to try it out because of the free gift you receive with purchase!

When you purchase Lattise ($120 value) through Conkright Aesthetics, you will receive a FREE VIVITE Vibrance Therapy (a $119 value)!  VIVITÉ® Vibrance Therapy is specially formulated with natural ingredients to help brighten and even skin tone while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just 8 weeks.

Stop by our office to pick up your Latisse treatment which we keep in stock!

-Stefanie-

Road Trip Anyone? Tips for Eating Healthy when your Choices are few and far between.

Summer fun most always includes a road trip, but along with it comes food you'd never think about eating at home.  Chips, candy, slushies, and a McDonald's at every mile marker are what you are faced with. After, you've spent the entire spring getting ready for shorts and that new bathing suit had to have.  However, with a little smart packing and a good plan you can eat healthy no matter what your limited choices maybe.

If your only option is a ....

Gas Station: Food that has an expiration date (one that hasn't passed!) is usually much healthier than any shelf-stable food that is loaded with preservatives.  Head to the refrigerator case for sting cheese or yogurt, orange juice, or unsweetened iced tea.  If nothing here sounds appealing, grab some individual-size bags of dried fruit, nuts or whole-wheat crackers.

Highway Rest Stop: If you are lucky enough to find a Starbucks, skip the Mocha Frappuccino, and order a iced or hot coffee so you can control the amount of sugar and cream added. (Or go for a nonfat latte, with less the 100 calories.)  Lunch plates with fruit and cheese, pasta salad or a wrap are great choices that keep you in the 300-390 calorie range.  Breakfast options are great too. Whole-wheat wraps with eggs, oatmeal, or a yogurt parfait will give you a healthy, energy packed meal.

Fast Food: Many fast food chains offer salads with protein as a healthier option to pick from.  For example, McDonald's Premium Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken or Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad both have around 200 calories.  Remember, order low-fat dressing, most regular salad dressing have about double the calories.  The key to keeping a salad healthy and light is keeping the crispy chicken and cheese off, with these two ingredients added you can end up eating as many calories as a Whopper or a Big Mac.  If you just have to have french fries, remember, portion control, and indulge in a small fry with about 230 calories.

Italian or Pizza: Marinara sauce is low in fat and made up mostly with tomatoes and spices, so it offers a dose of nutrients and vitamins.  Order a small bowl of pasta with marinara sauce and a small green salad(low-fat dressing of course), and enjoy!  Pasta primavera made with broth and not cream is a great option as well. Pay attention to how large a single portion may be, if it could feed a family of four, ask for a half order, or an extra plate and transfer a smaller amount to the plate and just eat that.  If pizza is your vice, skip the pepperoni, sausage, and meatball toppings, go for fresh veggies(broccoli, peppers, or extra tomatoes) instead.

A Mexican Chain: Taco Bell is open late!! So you are sure to run into one of these. Stay away from anything that goes crrrrunch.  Tacos that are made of soft corn tortillas are a smarter choice.  Tortillas should be filled with grilled chicken, fish, veggies, or shrimp, opt for black or pinto beans, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.  Skip the sour cream and cheese, replace these with guacamole-avocado contains heart-healthy monounsaturated  fats.

A Sandwich Chain: Sandwiches are easy to customize from the bread up.  Choose whole-wheat bread, add turkey, ham, or grilled chicken, and as many vegetables as you can stand.  Skip the mayo which can add 80 calories and 9 grams of fat, add tangy oil and vinegar or a spicy mustard instead.  Never pick the Italian calorie-busting subs with pepperoni and salami, these are loaded with sodium and who wants to carry around extra water weight while on vacation.

The best option BYO...(Food,That Is) Pack a cooler with bottles of water, baby carrots, grapes, apples and blueberries. For a protein boost, pack cheese sticks, hummus packs, and drinkable yogurts.  Bananas, tail mix, granola bars, and 100-calorie packs of crackers all travel well outside the cooler.

I wish everyone a safe and fun vacation.  Use these tips so that your vacation splurges can be used when you get where your going, don't arrive feeling like you have already gained 5 pounds.  Have a great time.

Danielle