I have a distinct memory from when I was about seven to nine years old—of looking in the mirror and having a bit of an outer body experience. I was not upset, or crying and I was not thinking about being “too skinny”—the bane of my existence when I was child. I just stood and took a long look at myself—for the first time and I was not thrilled with what I saw in front of me. I remember thinking “This does not work for me…this is not what I would have chosen”. I was “not my type” I just didn’t care for the type of face I had. Long and angular with small eyes and a long chin. A pinched smile, pale ruddy skin and less then desirable “English” teeth. And I have always hated my profile. I always wanted a “curvy” profile, but I would describe mine as more straight.
I have learned to live with this.
You know, be grateful for what you have, but still there were (and are) days where I dream of looking like Christy Turlington or Kendall Jenner. As a kid thought Jennifer Beals was the perfection of beauty. I honestly never coveted the blonde, blue eyed aesthetic so prominent in our culture—especially back then. So you can only imagine with my very Irish/English looks I was pretty much the polar opposite of what I liked. I wanted a small chin, big shallow set almond eyes, a wide smile, full cheeks and opaque non pink skin—everything I didn’t have.
And today it seems an aging neck is happening at an earlier age due to “smartphone face”
But again I focused on being grateful and to learn to live with what I didn’t like. But now you can add aging to the picture. And one area of one’s looks to betray one’s age first is—the neck. The neck has the double whammy of getting a lot use and over using the muscles, to not really being able to exercise it the way you can the rest of your body. And today it seems an aging neck is happening at an earlier age due to “smartphone face” from all the looking down which leads to a shortening of the neck muscles. The price of the convince of technology it seems.
I have just begun to see some of the signs of aging in my neck and lower face. And I will admit I am not thrilled with this, call me vain, or just hyper aware of the society we live in, but it does bother me. But surgery? Umm, I think I am quite a ways away from needing surgery, and I don’t think I would ever do this. First off it is very costly—about 20k. And I have had surgery before (not vanity surgery) and it is no picnic.
But today lucky for us, there is the option of non surgical face and neck lifts. Now this is something I just might consider at some point in the future. Maybe.
The most common type of non surgical neck and face lift is done with Ultherapy. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat the deeper levels of the skin which in turn boosts collagen production. It works best on women in their thirties, forties and fifties. The results reveal themselves over time generally two to six months. And the best part? It lasts until your skin naturally starts to age again. The cost is about $3,500.00 which is certainly in the range of affordability. However though it is non evasive there are risks, and less then desirable outcomes for some people and it seems people with thinner faces could look worse. Click here to read about this. So as you can imagine I am on the fence about having something like this done. And though it is non surgical once it is done there is no turning back.
You can check out the video below to follow along as blogger Heidi Nazarudin gets a non surgical facelift using a variety of procedures with Dr Sheila Nazarian—not Ulatherapy. And click here to see a video from Home & Family which does a wonderful job of explaining how the Ultherapy procedure works and what to expect. Though the follow up video I could not find.
Is this something you would consider? And have any of you ever had anything like this done? Have you ever had botox or tried fillers? Do you think having anything done before the age of forty is too young? And what about agism? Would you get this done if you felt it would help with getting a job?