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From The Editor
aesthetics• medi• wellness
thanking me profusely for my
“compliment s” and how much
she appreciated them because
she had been “feeling sorry for
herself ”. The facelift prognosis
had shattered herself self-
esteem – or, rather, it was
another body blow to already
fragile self esteem.
I’m not criticising the
surgeon because of course he
meant no harm in providing
his opinion – and she did agree to receive it.
However, it just goes to show that we
never really know what’s going on behind
someone’s bright smile and cheerful
demeanour, as my colleague’s always is.
Or that a person who appears to be very
confident and comfortable in their own skin
may in fact be a wobbling mass of insecurities.
In an industry that is focused on
appearances, it is very important how
professional opinions are expressed.
We might have the best intentions in the
world in quest of achieving the best outcome
for a client or patient, but when an appraisal
of someone’s looks and how they could be
improved is imparted too “truthfully” it can
be a real tipping point for that person.
It may upset them so much they
won’t come back to you (that has been a
reaction of mine in the past). Or, as some
practitioners have told me, it can make a
person start questioning other aspects of
their appearance and fall into a general
slump about themselves.
As a prominent Sydney cosmetic physician,
Dr Joseph Hkiek, told me recently: “We
are not just treating people’s looks, we are
treating their emotions. We therefore must
be very mindful or how we express ourselves
when offering our advice and opinions.”
NOT LONG AGO, a
colleague of mine interviewed
a surgeon about aesthetic
procedures for a story.
She’d been back at work
about a year after treatment
for advanced breast cancer
and had recently had a
I’ve never heard her
once complain about her
lot and she resumed work
as if nothing had ever happened. Oh, and
she looks amazing. But that’s not to say
sensitivities don’t run ver y deep ...
During the aforementioned inter view,
the surgeon offered to give his opinion
about what procedures might benefit her.
She agreed, upon which he told her she
needed a full facelift.
She told me this back at the office
and laughed it off. I was stunned, as my
colleague looks gorgeous, with big, doe eyes
and porcelain skin. She’s in her early 50s,
and like all of us, doesn’t have the same
chiseled contours as in one's 20s but I'd
hardly have considered her a candidate for
“the work s”.
That was a couple of months ago and I
thought no more of it. Then a few days ago
the anecdote turned up in a newspaper story
about the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery,
which my colleague posted on Facebook.
I commented on it, expressing the
same sentiments as above. Within minutes
I had a private message from my colleague,
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