It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of invasive cosmetic procedures like injectables and plastic surgery–I’ve written several articles about some of the dangers of these procedures and have offered natural alternatives to Botox® and lasers like cosmetic acupuncture and LED light therapy. It’s my belief that invasive procedures should be undergone with great care and consideration–if at all–and should be considered the last effort, not the first when seeking smoother, firmer skin.
I’m not gonna lie–normally plastic surgeons and I don’t have much to talk about, as our philosophies are usually quite opposite. However when I found out that a well known, board certified plastic surgeon–one who’s talked about plastic surgery on TV shows like Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Rachael Ray show–wrote a book on how to avoid plastic surgery, my interest was certainly piqued!
Dr. Anthony Youn wrote a book about how to avoid plastic surgery with diet, lifestyle, and other holistic methods.
I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if the book had been written by a naturopathic doctor, or even an integrative dermatologist (yes they do exist!)–but a plastic surgeon? That surprised me. When I first spoke with Dr. Youn, I found that we actually share many common core beliefs surrounding skin health. We both believe that healthy skin comes from within with a balanced diet consisting of nutrient-dense, fresh, whole foods–and not from processed food diets filled with unhealthy fats and sugar. We both believe that certain lifestyle habits harm the skin, while others help the skin. And we both believe in the power of topical skincare and clever makeup application to help skin look its very best. And finally, we both do what we do, truly, to help people feel better about themselves even though we go about it in vastly different ways in our respective practices.
Not only does Dr. Youn teach people how to avoid surgery, but he also advocates self-love.
I see a lot of people with low self-image who have a really tough time loving themselves in my practice. Many people believe that having clear, beautiful skin, will magically make their lives perfect and then they will finally be happy. Just like I tell my clients that happiness and self-love don’t come in a bottle of moisturizer (although my moisturizer is pretty darn fabulous), Dr. Youn strongly believes that plastic surgery won’t make someone happier either. In fact, he actually turns some people away if he feels they are only seeking surgery for that reason, or if he feels that they don’t actually need the surgery. I found his approach very refreshing.
Watch my interview with Dr. Anthony Youn below, and learn more about his new book, The Age Fix:
(oh, and the look on my face when he describes a now thankfully outdated brow lift procedure is priceless–I could not control myself!)
About Dr. Anthony Youn:
Dr. Youn is the rare plastic surgeon who does everything he can to keep his patients out of the operating room. He’s spent the past 16 years researching the secrets of plastic surgeons, dermatologists, makeup artists, and dietitians–and he knows what works, what doesn’t, and what’s overpriced. Now he’s compiled solutions to every cosmetic aging problem in his new book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger (written with Eve Anderson). The Age Fix is an insider’s guide to looking younger without having surgery, and includes the Age Fix Diet, the Age Fix skincare routine, and solutions to virtually aging and beauty problem you can think of.
If you purchase The Age Fix by April 11, 2016, you’ll receive up to 9 bonus gifts! Click HERE.
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