F the Botox. Eat a big sandwich.

One interesting evening with the First Thursdays I was asked what I had been using on my eyes. ‘Huh?’, I asked (profoundly, I might add. I can be that way). “Um, what do you mean on my eyes?”. To clarify, they wanted to know what I was using on my eyes because they were not that wrinkled.

Here’s the thing. I do happen to have wonderful genes. Both grandmothers had amazing skin. So I am blessed. That aside, I subscribe to the theory that as Catherine Deneuve once said (and I paraphrase) 10 lbs on your ass does wonders for your face at a certain age.

Or in my words, “F the Botox. Eat a big sandwich”. 

Let’s face it my friends, being extremely thin after, let’s say fortyblahblahblah, gives ones face a gaunt look. The little bit of extra weight is like natural Botox if you will. It fills you out, and stretches those wrinkles away.

Hey, I am all for anything that makes you feel better about yourself. And I am not going to preach about not having plastic surgery, because if that rings your bell and makes you feel good, go for it.

But what scares me is the obsessive race for perfection. Two consecutive weeks the NYT ran articles as absurd as the Emporer’s new nail polish.  

First one from June 23rd was in the Suburban Trends section, called Promoting Plastic Surgery Party Style (oy). Here is a quote if I ever read one:

“The event attracted about 200 people, mostly women, paying $20 apiece; it cost about $12,000. Dr. Greenberg described it as “like a bar mitzvah.” It had an open bar, a disc jockey and performers on stilts during cocktail hour. The dinner buffet included carving, pasta and dim sum stations.

Hey ladies, lay off the friggin dim sum and pasta and you can avoid the lipo altogether! And of course the Bar Mitzvah comment was heartwarming. Now performers on stilts are considered commonplace when celebrating your child reading from the Torah?!

July 3rd Sunday Times Style section had this article about – no this can’t be true– and a woman doc no less… vaginal cosmetic surgery! Just when we were starting to worry about our crow’s feet and sagging whatevers, some lunatic has now come along to tell us that we need to consider a little nip and tuck in, as my husband fondly says, the hey–nanny-nanny. This must fall under the category of WAY too much time and money on your hands. Here is the most hysterical post from blogher on that article.

The race to beat aging is a losing battle. I’m not saying let yourself go, but hey a nice big sandwich once in awhile can’t be a bad thing. Sure beats shooting poison into your face!


Filed under fashion, humor, trends, women

12 responses to “F the Botox. Eat a big sandwich.

  1. Neal Shrier

    The last nip and tuck that I had was when I was eight days old. No DJ, no stilts, just a carving station! Needless to say, it was not a great experience and I feel that, on the end, I got the short end of the shtick.

  2. Liz

    I didn’t realize that my vagina could sag. That’s really depressing. Will a sandwich help that too?!

  3. Perhaps the only good thing about being as overweight as I am is that I don’t worry about wrinkles. I sometimes wonder if this is what slams my efforts. It seems that whenever I make significant progress on weightloss I hit a wall and I wouldn’t be surprised if that wall didn’t have, at least in part, to do with the age that will crawl upon my face if I lose 100+ pounds. (I know you’re not recommending that kind of weight gain, I’m just saying, I understand your point.)

  4. Paula

    Ha Neal!! Good one.

    I’m all for the sandwich treatment. There’s nothing like a really good sandwich.

  5. wow. everybody seems to love the botox post.
    neal, you will always make me laugh
    liz, if a sandwich won’t help, go straight to chocolate
    carrie, don’t give up. eat healthy and don’t think of dieting
    paula, what is your fave sandwhich

    got an email from my friend the ob/gyn who let me know that the name of that lovely surgery is vaginoplasty. wow, it even has name. G-d help us!

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  11. Wow! I’ve heard of Botox parties, but not plastic surgery parties. Amazing …!

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