The November 25, 2005 New York Post carried a scary article about the ultimate holiday gift you can give yourself or a loved one this winter.
A plastic surgeon, Dr. Greenberg, offered the gift of cheer through a financial itemized cost breakdown of a complete body make over with hotel and nursing services included.
I am appalled and I want you to stop and think about how crazy and irrationally this plastic surgery has become the embodiment of our desperate search for youth misguided.
I have nothing against plastic surgery. I certainly endorse external improvements aimed to keep us looking young and wrinkle free. I agree with a little botox, a little filler, a little nip and tuck to keep the mirror happy and us feeling pretty and fresh.
What I cannot believe is that doctors will take advantage of people’s fear of getting old and mislead the poor desperate soul without an ounce of remorse.
After practicing medicine for all these years I can tell you, I have never seen one patient happy with the results of extensive plastic surgery if the rest of their body and mind was not in outstanding shape.
The only way plastic surgery outcome will match your expectation is if your hormones are in balance and your immune system is in fighting shape.
Once you are in balance, you eat well, you feel better, you exercise and you deal with stress, I wholeheartedly support your need for a little uplift, but only then.
If you have any serious plastic surgical procedures and are out of balance, you will feel worse, and look even worse yet. I am not kidding and don’t want to scare you. I just want to protect you and give you the information that will help you protect yourself.
While I realize we are all looking for a quick fix and are going crazy at the thought of getting old, please hear my advice before you embark on any drastic measures: first get your life and hormones in balance, spend the money on getting yourself better from the inside out and then, only then, consider a little nip and tuck.
But never, ever do a whole body make over. It will only benefit the surgeon. I’ve seen the results on too many a victim. The saddest is a 20 year old. This beautiful young girl had a whole body make over because she wanted to be thinner and has now spent the past 6 months trying to get back to where she was before the operation.
Before you buy into the idea of this plastic surgery fest, just answer yourself one question. What is wrong with us to even be considering it as an option?
A better gift: love your family and friends, love yourself and get your life and hormones in balance. Plastic surgery can wait for the next year and you don’t have to pay the plastic surgeon’s mortgage off this year!