If you are busy juggling a jam-packed schedule, work engagements, and family responsibilities, you may be feeling just a bit stressed. While some stress may simply be a part of life, excessive or constant stress can negatively impact your mind and body, leaving you exhausted and even aging you faster. When the body experiences stress, it undergoes a series of physiological reactions that can make you look and feel older. Talk to your plastic surgeon about the relationship between stress and your body and what plastic surgery can do to reverse some of its effects.
What Does Stress Do to the Body?
Stress can trigger one of the basic human instincts of “fight or flight”, leading to a range of emotions. When some patients become overwhelmed by feelings of stress, they become angry or emotional, while others become withdrawn or feel saddened. In either scenario, your body has been stimulated, so you may neglect to eat or sleep, or sleep too much. These can all make you feel sluggish, look fatigued, and worsen existing conditions like acne. While these may seem like temporary symptoms, stress also triggers rapid cell deterioration, causing your cells, and you, to age more quickly. Patients who are stressed may notice signs of premature aging, like the early appearance of wrinkles, age spots, weight gain and sagging skin.
How Can I Fight the Physical Changes Caused by Stress?
If the effects of stress have aged you to look older than you are or feel, talk to your plastic surgeon about cosmetic procedures that can rejuvenate your appearance and restore signs of youthfulness. In addition to stress management techniques to help you regulate stress levels, visit your physician or medical spa for relaxing and restorative treatments like facials or peels. These treatments can both help you unwind and address skin conditions that have been brought on by stress.
For more information about reversing the signs of aging, please contact Dr. R. Scott Yarish. Dr. Yarish is a leading, board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston with over sixteen years of experience and expertise in surgical and non-surgical procedures. Contact us today at (713) 469-3449 to schedule a consultation.
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