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Midlife Rhenna & The War Against Wrinkles

I’ve been super hesitant to bring this topic up because I know, to some, it’s super controversial.

No, it has nothing to do with religion or politics. As I’ve stated many times before, I’m uber conflict averse. Discussing either of those two topics in a mass audience would have me huddled in a dark closet for days.

Instead I want to talk about anti-aging techniques. You know…the war against gravity and wrinkles.

Back when I was in my mid-twenties to early thirties, I swore I’d grow old gracefully, accepting every line on my face with pride. When my mom would tell me she wanted to get a facelift, I’d tell her she was beautiful just as she was. (And she really was.)

Now? Now I want to go back and slap my younger self. I want thirty minutes to chat with my mom and tell her I realize how arrogant I was and apologize. I want to kick age’s ass and make it so my outsides match how I feel inside.

Celebrities way in on this topic all the time. Some embrace everything from Botox and Jevederm to going under the knife. Some eschew all things unnatural and say healthy foods and disciplined exercise keep them looking young. I figure most end up in the middle ground though, heading to their high-end medical spas, and keeping the deets to themselves.

Well, up until today, I fell into the later category. I hesitated to state publicly I’d used Botox and Juvederm for fear of conflict or judgment. But why? What’s wrong with wanting my outsides to match my insides? If I provide for my family first and don’t start stringing up enough procedures to rival Joan Rivers, what’s wrong with a little wrinkle assistance?

Is this bad? Am I vain? Have you considered some kind of anti-aging treatment, but shied away for fear of the consequence or judgment by someone else? Or do you openly admit to and enjoy little splurges to keep you looking and feeling young?

By the way, this topic reared its head when my doc suggested photo facials. He says they’re low impact, even out coloring from sun damage, etc., and aid in bringing back elasticity. If anyone has experience with those, I’d love some details.

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    February 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Some people love their wrinkles, some accept them, and some fight them. Brava for all of us.

    It’s your face/body. Do what you want. Just promise — no bee-stung lips! 🙂

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      February 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Hahahaha! No way. Mine are big enough as they are!

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    February 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’m with Marilyn. It’s your thang, do what you wanna do! Now . . .
    Did it hurt???
    Did you look funny after?
    Did you use a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon?
    If you get the Photo Facial, I wanna hear ALL about it.
    In case you have to ask, I’ve been planning my facelift since I turned 30. I just hate surgery. 🙁
    Thanks for sharing.

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      February 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Botox and Juvederm don’t…not more than a tiny shot anyway…and even then it’s less (I think). Aside from a few dots for about 30 minutes afterward, no changes to appearance. Botox DOES feel funny though. I do it on my forehead and, after it takes effect, it feels kind of like you’re wearing a bandana. No wrinkles though, which makes Rhenna very happy. The guy I go to now is a plastic surgeon, but I’ve gone to dermatologist. The trick is finding someone who charges a reasonable price and doesn’t water down their product. I’m still on the fence with the photo facials, but he’s running a heck of a special…

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    CJ Burright
    February 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I say grow old as gracefully as you can, and if there’s something age does that you just cannot stand, deal with it how you want. I’m still looking for that miracle cream to ease the dark circles under my eyes (an unfortunate hereditary trait) and I might be persuaded to pay for a little body/face pick me up when I get there. I refuse to ever become anything close to Dick Clark, though. He was a little plastic-scary there in the end.

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      February 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Yeah, Dick and Joan might have gotten caught up in it all. Scary.

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    Marianna Heusler
    February 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Life is tough – anything that makes you feel better, I say go for it!

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