No matter how much your cosmetic surgeon or anti-aging doctor is pushing Botox and other treatments that fight the signs of aging, it may not be time to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Studies from the University of Toronto’s psychology department show that people who are turning to invasive anti-aging treatments such as Botox injections or facelift surgery could be doing more harm than good their mental health.
According to the author of the study and associate professor Alison Chasteen, "These results suggest that despite the rapid growth of the anti-aging cosmetic industry, age concealment has not yet become universally accepted.. This is important because it shows that despite the emphasis on looking younger in society, there are possible negative social consequences to fighting the signs of aging by engaging in cosmetic age concealment.”
Taking big steps to ward off the signs of age or erase those wrinkles that give away your age is not a new trend, and millions of Americans are ready to pay any price to go under the knife. Botox is still the number one anti-aging treatment on the market, and demand for cosmetic surgery rose 5 percent in 2010 according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A whopping 13.1 million Americans underwent cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in 2010, with Botox injections topping just 5.4 million.
The psychology study points out that there is still a strong trend of “ageism” in society today and many people are still paying high prices for the sake of vanity. The study assessed participants’ perceptions of different adults and reviewed many of the typical anti-aging techniques and methods used in both groups. Participants were gauged on overall reactions, how vain they thought individuals were, and what they generally thought about adults in their age group.