Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/8284
Title: Dynamic identities and self-perception of aging: The case of Turkish cosmetic surgery patients
Authors: Tarı Kasnakoğlu, Berna
Keywords: Self-perception of aging
Aging
Women
Cosmetic surgery
Well-being
Qualitative research
Older Womens Perceptions
Body Dissatisfaction
Health
Age
Gender
Life
Images
Appearance
Attitudes
Consumers
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc
Abstract: Drawing on the idea that aging is a physical and a psychosocial process, this study aimed to understand self perceived aging by focusing on the cultural and experiential perspective presented by Turkish women. The social and interactive aspects were reflected in their self-perceptions of aging, which did not necessarily entail physical degradation or health problems. This study focused on patients who underwent anti-aging operations, and cosmetic surgery was revealed to be a convenient and quick way to eliminate the physical signs of aging. By analyzing 31 in-depth interviews with patients of ages ranging from 21 to 75, three interpretations of aging were identified and discussed. Past-oriented women wanted to return to good old times, present-oriented women wanted to balance their inner and outer selves, and future-oriented women desired a total transformation in their lives. This study contributes to our understanding of self-perceived aging and presents findings from patients who did not necessarily conceptualize their selves as moving forward in time. Successful aging may be possible by means of past, present, or future selves, and success in aging is socio-culturally interpreted by these women in addition to more objective definitions of well-being and medical norms.
URI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2021.100976
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/8284
ISSN: 0890-4065
1879-193X
Appears in Collections:İşletme Bölümü / Department of Management
PubMed İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / PubMed Indexed Publications Collection
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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