When I first heard that Gwyneth Paltrow had total plastic surgery, my immediate question was, “WTF is that?” Of course I know what a plastic surgeon is; As someone who writes and researches beauty for a living, I am well versed in aesthetic procedures and treatments. However, when I imagined a holistic plastic surgeon, I imagined someone performing the surgery while reading tarot cards or something. Apparently I was wrong.
The word “holistic”, as defined by Merriam-Webster, means “pertaining to or relating to whole or complete systems rather than analysis, processing, or compartmentalization.” Holistic medicine considers everything that can potentially affect health, rather than focusing on just one part; it is a way of treating the whole patient rather than a single symptom or concern.
Let’s say, for example, that your back hurts. Instead of prescribing you painkillers, a holistic approach would take into account other underlying conditions, your lifestyle choices and even your diet, among other things. Still, how exactly does a plastic surgeon approach medicine holistically? Ahead, we’ll find out directly from Gwyneth Paltrow. Continue reading to learn more.
What is a holistic plastic surgeon?
“I was called a holistic plastic surgeon when I spoke at a multispecialty meeting earlier this year,” Julius Few, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon who works with Paltrow, tells POPSUGAR. “This was done after I presented my experience in combining surgical, non-surgical and naturopathic applications to enhance beauty. This included high quality medical skin care utilizing natural preservatives from botanical medicine dating back centuries.”
Although ultimately a holistic plastic surgeon uses many of the same instruments and treatments as other doctors, there is no “holistic” alternative to Botox or a special “holistic” scalpel, with a greater emphasis on pre- and post-care.
“Most plastic surgeons think of rejuvenation as surgeries or non-surgical applications without considering the patient’s lifestyle, [like] sleep, stressors, system health and nutrition,” says Dr. Few. “I believe it is vital to incorporate centuries-old wellness applications into modern applications to realize true synergy for mindful rejuvenation and prevention of unwanted aging-related changes. face, neck, and body.” For example, Dr. Few adds, “A good facelift is much better with better skin care, better nutrition, and optimized stress reduction.”
So what does it look like in practice? Dr. Few says that after the procedure, she recommends medical skin care, which consists of rich herbal serums, retinol and CBD applications, and supplements such as bromelain, arnica, and collagen. “[This] has dramatically improved patients’ post-facelift recovery,” he says. “Additionally, skin enhancers such as biostimulation to increase collagen and elastin production with hyper-diluted calcium hydroxylapatite injection (a temporary dermal filler) have revolutionized the improvement of a more holistic appearance.”
Typically, facelift aftercare after surgery will likely include instructions to sleep on your back and limit your activities. It would also likely include pain medication and possibly antibiotics, instructions to drink plenty of fluids, and how to properly care for incisions. On the other hand, a holistic approach might also consider your diet before and after surgery to optimize healing in addition to all the factors covered by traditional medicine.
So does this mean that everyone could benefit from this philosophy of beauty treatments and routines? Probably yes. “Every person who wants to live life to the fullest and [who] believes in nutrition and a more natural lifestyle, wants a more holistic approach,” says Dr. Few.
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