When I first heard that Gwyneth Paltrow used a holistic plastic surgeon, 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’m well-versed when it comes to aesthetic techniques and treatments. However, when I picture a holistic plastic surgeon, I imagine someone performing surgery while reading tarot cards or something. Obviously, I was wrong.
The word “holistic,” according to Merriam-Webster’s definition, means “pertaining to or concerned with whole or complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or isolation of parts.” Holistic medicine considers everything that can potentially impact your health, rather than focusing on just one area; it’s a way to treat the whole patient, rather than just a symptom or concern.
Let’s say your back hurts, for example. Instead of just prescribing you pain medication, a holistic approach will take into account other underlying medical conditions, your lifestyle choices, and even your diet, among other things. However, how exactly does a plastic surgeon approach medicine as a whole? Ahead, we find out directly from Gwyneth Paltrow. Keep reading to learn more.
What is a Holistic Plastic Surgeon?
“I was referred to as a holistic plastic surgeon while speaking at a multi-specialty 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, nonsurgical, and naturopathic applications to improve beauty results. This included high-grade, medical skin care that took advantage of natural which is a preservative found in botanical medicine, dating back centuries.”
Although ultimately, a holistic plastic surgeon will use many of the same instruments and treatments as other doctors, there is no “holistic” alternative to Botox or a special “holistic” scalpel, there is more giving -emphasis on pre and post-care.
“Most plastic surgeons think of rejuvenation in terms of surgery or nonsurgical applications while not keeping in mind a patient’s lifestyle, [like] sleep, stressors, system health, and nutrition,” said Dr. Few. “I believe it is important to integrate health applications that have worked for centuries with modern applications to harness true synergy for to carefully rejuvenate and prevent unwanted age-related changes in the face, neck, and body.” For example, Dr. Few adds, “A good facelift will be better with better skincare, better nutrition, and optimizing stress reduction.”
So, what does it actually look like in practice? said Dr. Shortly after a procedure, she’ll make recommendations for medical-grade skin care consisting of botanical-rich serums, retinol, and CBD applications, as well as supplements such as bromelain, arnica, and collagen . “[This] has dramatically improved patients’ recovery after a facelift,” he says. improving one’s appearance.”
Typically, postoperative care for a facelift will likely include instructions to sleep on your back and restrict your activities. It will likely also include pain medication and possibly antibiotics, instructions on drinking plenty of fluids, and how to properly care for your incision sites. On the other hand, a holistic approach can also consider your diet before and after surgery to optimize healing, in addition to all the factors covered by traditional medicine.
So, does that mean that everyone can benefit from this philosophy regarding beauty procedures and routines? Probably, yes. “Any person who wants to live life to the fullest and [who] believers in nutrition and more natural approaches to life want a more holistic approach,” said Dr. Few.
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