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Old 11-01-2011, 10:19 AM
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Mary Lou Ray decided at age 65 that she had seen enough of the person in her mirror.
"My life led up to this. I had been divorced for 13 years, my children were grown, and with the death of my mother — not to be unkind — I was finally free of criticism about things like dyeing my hair," she says.
So last year she spent $13,000 on a face lift and other cosmetic procedures that proved rejuvenating.

plastic-surgery-rising-among-seniors-wsj: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Like anything in life, do it in moderation, and forgetabout the Joan Rivers look.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:33 AM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:53 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Well, whatever floats your boat, I suppose. My friend had upper arm reduction surgery to get rid of the hanging "bat wings" after a substantial weight loss. What her surgeon failed to tell her was the substantial amount of pain she suffered for months--and is still suffering, though it's starting to get better with fascio massage for the adhesions.

She told me she's not sure she would have done it had she known. Surgery--any surgery--carries a risk.

Me, I'm chicken, no elective surgery for me. I am a regular gym goer, do yoga, ride my bike, drink lots of water and try to eat my veggies..that's my fountain of youth. My face looks its age, but it's a happy face...so I just don't look in the mirror that much, and smile, smile, smile. Love getting smiles back.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:02 PM
Location: Lexington, SC
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Last evening, I started to watch a TV documentary on Joan Rivers. While I always enjoyed her real life/cutting edge comedy, she looked so bad/ugly (plastic surgery) I could not watch it all.

Buyer beware.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:04 PM
Location: SW MO
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Is it real or is it Memorex?
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:18 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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Well, Joan is 78 y/o. For 78, her energy is amazing. She keeps the schedule of someone in their 30s. I watch her on QVC selling her jewelry and her clothes - at all hours of the day and night. She's gotta be on HRT in a big way along with the plastic surgery.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:56 PM
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Barbara Walters

Years ago, I saw Barbara Walters speak in Miami. She looked great and we got her to sign her book so we were face to face.

This was 30 years ago and I always remember her saying - "I never get nervous but I'm nervous today b/c my mother is here in the audience" - that make her so approachable and I didn't really notice how many wrinkles she had at the time!!

(Still looks great)
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:02 PM
Location: earth?
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It's a shame people are so afraid of death that they would slice their faces up. It really doesn't change anything . . .
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:51 PM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Plastic surgery works both ways, you can have wrinkles removed or added!

I've always wanted a long, deep crease across my forehead. I've been waiting and waiting for that to develop, and one of these days I may just lose my patience and fork up the $$ to have it done, so I can look like a wise old Native American!

When I look at the groteque features of Wayne Newton, made possible by plastic surgery, that's enough to make me think more than twice of looking younger. I don't even know how he can even look at himself into a mirror! I call it a tragedy!

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:18 AM
Location: State of Being
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I know a lot of women who have taken advantage of cosmetic surgery over the last 30 years . . and I decided after seeing the longterm affects of most of these surgeries that the potential risks are probably not worth the benefits for me.

One of my friends has four children, so back in the mid-80s, had a tummy tuck to eradicate what she called "cow udders," lol. I totally understood why she would want to do that. However, starting in the 90s, she has had terrible problems with abdominal adhesions, wh/ has led to more surgery and continued adhesions. She was back in the hospital last month - all these years later - trying to get the problem straightened out. Her intestines have been affected and they had to resect part of her bowel.

Her on-going saga pretty much turned me off to having any sort of abdominal surgery that wasn't absolutely necessary.

I have two friends who have had "lifestyle" lifts. Both are thrilled w/ the results. Those procedures have been too recent for me to see what longterm effects that surgery may include but the pain was more intense than either had expected and one had problems with infection . . . I just don't think that is something I want to go through.

Others use botox . . . but my sister tried using it and had an allergic reaction! So I don't dare mess with it . . .I might consider collagen injections but I understand you have to keep them up - it is not a "one time" fix . . . and doing so can be quite a sizeable annual expense. I just don't want to have to commit the resources to start that and have to keep investing the money in the procedures. For those who feel they can afford it - I think that is great!

Many of the women I know have had liposuction, but the results were not always the same. Several had to keep going back for "touch ups" (whatever that is, lol). And one gained weight and the fat distribution was very odd - so she had to go back for yet more liposuction. It can be a merry-go-round of multiple procedures, even tho it starts off being a "one time" procedure.

For folks who are willing to take the risks and have the $$$ to do it - I think there are many procedures out there that can give a person a "lift" to their looks and a boost to their self-esteem. Many physicians have finance plans available so for those who want to have cosmetic surgery, the cost is not always a huge barrier.

I am just too chicken to put myself thru/ anesthesia and a surgical knife unless it is for a life-saving reason. Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are something I might consider, however.

As a young woman, I looked at the folks around me and thought - it seems we all receive the face we have earned by the time we are in our 50s. Our faces tell a story about us. Maybe we spent too much time in the sun, playing tennis or golf! Maybe we suffered thru/ a loved one's illness and those frown lines are now part of who we are and a testament to someone we lost.

A beautiful spirit is reflected through one's eyes, smile and overall countenance . . . those wrinkles can add depth to the story. Surface, physical beauty can be acquired . . . It is the spiritual beauty that captures me when I meet someone.

I hope our society never becomes so fixated on youth that the natural process of aging (wh/ should be a process of learning and gaining wisdom!) becomes something we wish to hide . . .
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