The holiday travel season is upon us. We’re just back from a fantastic family trip to California. It’s always nice to visit, but each time we go, I come back refreshed and with a new perspective on my work.
It’s interesting how we become accustomed to things—and forget the way things used to be—like $1.35 per/gallon gas and pay phones and walking to the gate at the airport without taking off your shoes—we humans adjust so quickly.
This recent trip to Beverly Hills reinforced this acclimatization phenomenon—with few exceptions, it seemed that everyone there had had some type of cosmetic “adjustment”. Some of the best surgery I have ever seen—beautiful, athletic and attractive–also some of the worst—women with hypo-pigmented mustaches from too much laser, high foreheads and wide mouths from pulling too tight and too hard.
We went to a fantastic deli. North, South, East and West of our table, every direction, was what one could consider a cosmetic surgical “disaster. “ It was all I could do not to photograph them along with my family photos to share with you.
But it seemed that this is life as usual in this town, where even bad surgery is a sign of status. In fact, the more conspicuous the surgery is displayed, the surer that the observer is that the woman/man they are staring at can afford it.
So I suppose that one can become accustomed to the look of bad cosmetic surgery. And it can be beautiful to some—a sign of status. Big, pouty lips, and spocky brows — we see it everyday on those scary reality Housewives shows. Its even making its way onto the pages of fashion magazines, where the models have unrealistically mouthy lips and low brows—gradually we are becoming accustomed to the worst and most unrealistic and unattractive that cosmetic surgery can offer.
Here on our beloved East coast, surgery is still kept quiet by most. We aim to create a more youthful version of you, without the extremes. We wish all of you a very happy holiday season, and the gift of seeing the beauty that is you!