A friend of mine recently had a face-lift . . . a full face-lift, eyes, forehead, mouth, neck—the whole enchilada. When she told me what her plans were last year I thought, “Good for her!” She can afford it and why not? Thanks to the over-exposure of our celebrity culture we see a new standard of agelessness when it comes to how we should look. Madonna is 54, but looks 44. Demi Moore is 50 but can pass for someone barely approaching her 40s. Then there is Raquel Welch who does not look anywhere near her 72 years.
As my age group begins looking younger than they did five to ten years ago, I wonder when I will give in to that new standard of beauty. . . not looking my age (at all).
According to the Huffington Post, 04/18/12, “Americans spent $10.4 billion on cosmetic surgeries in 2011. . . That’s up 3% from 2010.” It’s interesting that we are spending more on cosmetic procedures than ever before despite the worst economy since the Great Depression. It has been reported that because of the lousy economy women (and men) are gravitating toward cosmetic procedures and surgeries increasing their chances of getting a job. The psychology makes sense. If you look younger you will be perceived as younger and a youthful appearance is associated with attractiveness and bingo you’ve got the job! Is the new Olympic standard a younger version of ourselves? Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France year-after-year with the help of performance enhancing drugs; he rode his bike like a young stallion. Actresses can still get a job playing a much younger woman and we can get a job or maybe even a date with similar science.
Fresh out of bed one morning I got a quick glance at myself in the mirror and was startled. I was startled because I did not see the person I expected to see. The person I expected to see was a woman in her 40s, not a woman in her 50s. I was so shocked that I took another look and was just as stunned. Suddenly I realized that maybe I just needed to take my glasses off . . . there, that’s better.