One of the greatest and most enduring misconceptions about plastic surgery is that these operations are about vanity, and basically serve as band-aids for self-esteem issues that are bound to show themselves in other ways. That’s why, after a recent study revealed that facial cosmetic enhancements such as eyelid surgery and Botox injections could make you look younger, but not necessarily more objectively attractive, led many to determine that the sole reason people have work done had been contradicted.

However, as TIME magazine writer Anna Holmes notes, this interpretation overlooks the fact that plastic surgery isn’t strictly about looking better for others. In many cases, it is a way for women in Tennessee to feel more like themselves. When it comes to signs of aging like wrinkles, volume loss and sagging skin, treatments like Botox injections, dermal fillers and face lifts can help them feel in control over the aging process, and more comfortable in their own skin.

“Much as I believe we should encourage healthy self-esteem and the concept of aging gracefully, we should also make room for the idea that plastic surgery is not always at odds with those things. It may, in fact, be a natural extension of them,” writes Holmes.

At the Lett Center in Lebanon, Tennessee, we offer a wide array of procedures including face lifts, neck lifts and other anti-aging operations that will help you look and feel your best as the years go on. Dr. Lett is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can answer any questions you may have.