It's really a personal choice, and I'd like to hear your opinion. Would you spend the money on plastic surgery? Why... or why not?
- I am in my mid 50's and have been thought of as very pretty. I modeled furs in the 80's. I've gained weight and my face and neck have a slightly saggy double-chinned look. My chin is somewhat receding. Problem is, I don't have the money for plastic surgery and I am miserable. What are my alternatives to spruce my neck area up?
- —Guest babs A
woman of 60
- 5 years ago I had a face and neck lift. My life had changed radically and I wanted to 'get my smile back'. I really didn't understand that I was doing this in an attempt to turn back the clock on events, not saggy skin. My Father had died, my husband left me for a younger woman, my kids were grown, my job eliminated. I felt eliminated. I won't kid you, it was painful to recover from and still bothers me with weird little nerve tweaks. It is an excellent job ($20,000) but I wouldn't do it again. I look easily 15 years younger and very natural. But I lost character traits, very small ones, but important. I'd rather look less perfect, less 'un-aged' and have a few furrows and sags. Best advice: use sunscreen, use Retin-A, no fillers or botox, enjoy the beauty you have gathered in your face. It truly is more than skin deep. I find that looking so young is actually rather annoying. I learned that I really like who I am and this is what I have and I am, and always was, who I am.
- My husband passed away soon after we retired. Here I was in my late 50's, suddenly single again. I decided to have a face lift. The results were not as dramatic as I expected, but I would still do it all over again. Now, on the outside, I look more like I feel on the inside.
- —Guest Carol