Ladder of Years: #A-Z Challenge
” ‘When my first wife was dying,’ he told Delia one afternoon, ‘I used to sit by her bed and I thought, This is her true face. It was all hollowed and sharpened. In her youth she’d been very pretty, but now I saw that her younger face had been just a kind of rough draft. Old age was the completed form, the final, finished version she’d been aiming at from the start. The real thing at last! I thought, and I can’t tell you how that notion coloured things for me from then on. Attractive young people I saw on the street looked so…temporary. I asked myself why they bothered dolling up. Didn’t they understand where they were headed? But nobody ever does it seems.’ “
A woman I know wasn’t happy with her true face as she aged. She stayed at work an extra year, retiring only when she had saved enough money to afford an expensive facelift. She thought the results were worth every cent and every minute of pain. It was empowering, she said, to make a decision that made her feel better about herself.
Rejecting Your True Face
She isn’t alone. Cosmetic surgery is a $7 billion dollar business in the United States. An additional $5 billion is spent on non-surgical procedures, such as Botox and skin rejuvenation.
Nearly one-third of surgical procedures are performed on patients over the age of 50. The top three are liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts.
While there’s an increase in the number of 50+ men booking both surgical and non-surgical procedures, women still receive 91% of all cosmetic procedures.
In researching for this post, I googled “reasons not to get a facelift.” The first article was a response to my question. The second one was an advertisement, masquerading as information, by a plastic surgeon, titled “Top Reasons to Get a Facelift.”
Is it important to you to look younger than you are?