None of that changes the fact that we Boomers aren’t kids anymore, but you have to give us credit for trying. We ain’t goin’ down without a fight. Middle-age? Bring it.
Those of us born between 1946 and 1961 (I made it in with just two days to spare) seem convinced that unlike every generation that came before us since, oh, I don’t know, cavefolks, we’ll be able to maintain a youthful appearance and possibly even our youthful vigor well into our Social Security years (yeah, like those of us born in 1961 will actually have Social Security years).
We zero out our 401Ks for liposuction, liposculpting, collagen injections, breast lifts, tummy tucks, microdermabrasion, and of course, good old-fashioned face lifts. We can have plumped up cheeks, pouty lips, and wrinkle-free foreheads if we choose to, and statistics show that many of us do. Even the guys.
A little nip & tuck is one thing, I guess, but some take it to an extreme. Like anything else, cosmetic surgeries can become an addiction, and a few cases have been pretty high-profile. Celebs find before and after shots of their mugs (and parts south) plastered all over both the supermarket rags as well as more ‘respectable’ publications, but most of them seem to choose pretty standard procedures and rarely go too nuts with it. A few notable exceptions—Joan Rivers and several members of the Jackson family come to mind—go overboard, but typically, celebrity surgeries result in smoother faces, flatter tummies, and bigger boobs.
Some cosmetic surgery fans become well-known not for their acting, singing, or interviewing skills, but because they've surgically transformed themselves so dramatically that their own mothers might not recognize them.
Jocelyn Wildenstein, sometimes called the Cat Lady, has undergone procedure after procedure through the years, until her typical (and already attractive) human features truly do resemble those of a feline.
Sarah Burge, a resident of the UK, holds the current record for money spent on cosmetic surgeries. In her effort to look like Barbie, she had spent upwards of £539,500 (that's heading toward a million bucks) as of last fall. You can see her and her family in the following YouTube video (let's just say they aren't the Cleavers...or even the Osbournes):
Here in the U.S., we have our own Barbie wannabe. Cindy Jackson (what is it about that last name?) has subjected herself to numerous procedures in order to resemble the Mattel icon, and even has her own website offering advice on all sorts of cosmetic surgical procedures. I have to admit, her pics look great, but I have to wonder if she might have been nipped, tucked, and Photoshopped.
After seeing Jackson on a talk show, Tim Whitfield-Lynn, a guy in his mid-thirties who described himself as “…stuck in front of my computer, bored out of my brains, looking old before my time because of my fast living,” did what any sensible person would do. He decided to become Ken. A line list of surgeries and one pair of bright blue contact lenses later, Tim legally changed his name and became Miles Kendall. "Miles, because I look miles better, and Kendall, for Ken-doll,” he says.
Miles and Cindy currently represent the Plastic Surgery Referral Network.
Finally, we have Nileen Namita, who has underfone 51 cosmetic surgeries over the last twenty years in an effort to look like Queen Nefertiti. At an estimated $250,000 spent, I’d say that she was the victim of a royal rip-off.
So how about you? Would you choose cosmetic surgery to improve your looks, maintain the beauty of your youth, or transform yourself completely?
Top surgical photo courtesy of Apple's Eyes Studio/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Before and after photos of Cindy Jackson courtesy of CindyJackson.com.