Most will agree that appearances do matter in relationships. Recall your last trip to the grocery store. As you perused the produce aisles, what kind of fruit did you reach for? The freshest-looking fare with the least amount of visible imperfections probably made it into your cart, correct? Just as food can be genetically modified to give it a longer shelf life, science and artistry can ensure that you also maintain your freshest look and appeal.
Love is a Battlefield
Let me share with you Kathy’s story.
Kathy’s husband was asking for a divorce. When she came to my office, Kathy looked older and more tired than her age of mid-fifties. She was facing a major battle in her life, though you could still see the fight in her. Sophisticated and well put-together, she knew what she wanted, having obviously invested a great deal of time into researching her treatment options. When I prodded her to share some more about her background, I found out that Kathy had been married for over thirty years, during all of which she had been a homemaker. Kathy began to get choked up at this point.
“I’m here today because my husband left me,” she explained shakily.
“I’m sorry to hear that,” I told her.
“He has moved in with a younger woman, and I have to see him again in court in a few months,” she continued. “I need something for myself so I can face him again and move forward with my life. T is past year has been very stressful.” She looked me straight in the eye and said, “I want to look more like the person whom I feel like on the inside.”
Kathy built her whole life around her husband and their marriage, never dreaming that she would be single again, dating, or much less have to enter the workplace. The dating scene can be frightening to women of any age. Any kind of trauma or significant stress can indeed age a person, and Kathy was no exception. Just as we go through “growth spurts,” we can also have “aging spurts” during trying times.
Her inner voice began to prompt her to take action, and she recognized that adaptation was necessary to start a new life and construct an identity apart from her soon-to-be ex-husband. Even though this wasn’t the first time I heard the story of someone’s long-term marriage ending, I still get excited when I see the opportunity to help someone achieve his or her dream of a more youthful appearance and emotional identity. In cases such as Kathy’s, it is important to clarify that the procedure would not undo the personal trauma she had endured. It is critical that patients have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with these treatments.
Kathy was extremely pleased with the results we achieved from her procedures. This included a MidLift and work on the upper and lower eyes. The opportunity to help Kathy feel better about herself and take charge of her life was a special opportunity for me. Have you ever helped someone along his or her path? It’s worth it every time, isn’t it?