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Self-Care, Wellness, New Year Resolutions, and the Aesthetic Frontier

As a society, we spend a lot of time, energy, and focus on the topic of self-care throughout the month of January. Whether it is losing a few pounds, expanding (or starting) an exercise routine, eating cleaner, or any number of other opportunities, self-care comes front and center as we look to start a new year with fresh and healthy habits.

More and more the focus of self-care is expanding as alternative opportunities for self-care become more and more prevalent in our lives. Aesthetic practices are falling smack in the middle of individual self-care and wellness conversations. Feeling our best is always high on a priority matrix, but more and more we find that looking our best falls equally within that same matrix. According to one source, the global aesthetic medicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.6% from 2022 to 2030 to reach a whopping 145.7 billion by 2030. Why is that? Because of the expanded focus of aesthetics in the mainstream conversation of health and healthy living. Once upon a time, these conversations were only had by the wealthiest among us – but in 2023 it’s a conversation that is fully accessible by a much broader socio-economic footprint.

Self-care and wellness often get used interchangeably. The truth is they both do show up interconnectedly in our lives. One influences the other and oftentimes a focus on wellness means one is also better at exercising self-care. An increased focus on healthy living has really put these conversations in the spotlight of society. Watching what we eat, where that food is sourced, and what ingredients are used is only one form of healthy living. In the growing world of aesthetics, we see many other opportunities to engage in quality self-care and wellness that can have bountiful outcomes in our journey to wellness.

What are your resolutions in 2023? Is it time to update your resolution methodology? And how might you do that? Let’s explore…

The Medical Gym

Connected to this conversation is the evolution of some of those traditional self-care resolutions. No more do you have to go to the gym to build muscle and lose fat. A body contouring center can provide the same types of outcomes with a much easier path. Combine

some medical weight loss and nutritional support from that same body contouring center and that entire conversation is much more easily achieved. These are opportunities that didn’t even exist just 10 short years ago. Med Spas are now offering medical gym memberships where devices help dissolve the muffin top and provide those abs of steel you’ve always coveted. In sessions as short as 30-minute lunch procedures you can achieve and maintain phenomenal results all without breaking a sweat.

Botox and Injectables

The self-care conversation expands to injectables as well. Botox has now been around for just over 20 years and its use has become as commonplace as that vitamin C tablet with your morning breakfast. People under the age of 30 are using it as a prevention technique so they don’t have as much to “undo” as they age. People over the age of 55 are using it to turn back the clock. And in between is every example of both conversations combined. Even filler is talked about as a wellness topic. Making sure that facial atrophy is effectively managed to age just that much more gracefully is often times seen as a necessity. With mental health being so

closely linked to one’s own self-image, looking good and feeling good about looking good can even become a center point in managing anxiety and creating a high sense of self-worth for some people. Is that vanity? It can be. Especially in extreme cases. But feeling good about oneself has proven time and again to have a positive correlation to mental health.

Skin Care

The largest organ of the body is what? Our skin! True wellness incorporates skincare as part of a comprehensive approach. Whether it comes from regular facials, HydraFacials, or simply from an at-home skin care plan (or more likely a combination of all of these), skin care is absolutely falling within the wellness conversation. Like every other organ, it requires care and attention to keep it in tip-top shape. And as we age, well, it just requires just that much more care and attention. Obviously, there is the benefit of looking good through these procedures, but more importantly, it’s the topic of maintaining a healthy approach toward caring for that all-important organ of the body. We take vitamins and supplements internally to care for our internal health. Facials and good (medical grade) products provide a similar vitamin and supplement approach to caring for your skin.

As you consider your resolutions for 2023, don’t forget to include a little aesthetic support within your wellness plan. The benefits are never-ending. And really, who ever complained about maintaining a little youthful look and spirit?