I attended the launch of a documentary to focus on the truth behind cosmetic surgery. At the Bulgari Hotel (v sexy) @bulgarihotel I have met and been treated by Dr Wong. @drvincentwong
A derma roller treatment. Dr Wong is wonderful. And well thought of and established with loads of excellent reviews from people who are very fussy about their face. He gives honest, kind appraisals of what works and what doesn't. The treatment hurts. As in OUCH. I looked like a tomato when I left but it has done my skin the world of good and I would recommend him doing the treatment. Its not the treatment as such that is important but the person you go to. You need to find someone with integrity as well as charm. Who knows how to make the best of your face rather than manufacture it into looking like someone famous.
The documentary was interesting. Title music and lyrics (Lucie Jones wonderful voice, X factor finalist but too classy to win), was actually quite moving. The need for cosmetic surgery is often focussed on lack of self esteem. Those who are self absorbed, not self aware and don't value themselves. Or rather value themselves by what others think of them. Its a vicious circle really, each complicit in the pact. You look good I'll look at you. You don't look good, I won't. Don't we all do that to some extent?
It showed how cosmetic surgery can help those who have experienced anorexia and how this ages and changes the shape of the face - and how cosmetic surgery helps. It showed how one woman couldn't walk properly and a cosmetic procedure was used to help her walk and run. There was another woman who had experienced trauma and it changed her face, and the surgery helped her regain her features. That bit was poignant and interesting.
If there were any issues it was that there were too many beautiful people speaking. A lot of them, although not all of them, were in their twenties, early thirties, celebrities who already were graced with good genes. It would have been better to have some more 'lived in faces'. And perfection is boring. Its also usually comes with paranoia, neurosis, narcissism, self obsession and obsessive compulsive.
There were a few fifty somethings but they stunning. There was a woman featured - you couldn't see her face - to see what had been done - that had gone wrong. I understand why it was silhouetted out and in a way it made more of a point by doing so. When it goes wrong you want to be anonymous. You have it done in the first place because you want to be seen, or at least be accepted - by yourself more than others.
The documentary touched on that cosmetic surgery is often used to maska psychological issue more than a physical one. Sometimes it repairs - as in the case of damage caused to knee injuries, trauma and anorexia. Then it works. When it doesn't work is when it is trying to repair lack of self esteem. That, as the documentary attempts to explain, comes from within.
Antonia Mariconda, the cosmetic coach, the person who has spear headed safety in beauty, spoke eloquently about what needs to be done in the industry and touched on the fact that the law doesn't protect you (although there was a lawyer interviewed about the need to 'do your research'. The problem is the duff practitioners look so polished and professional. Its not as easy as it seems to choose the 'right ones'. If it was, we would all be doing it, but having a look at Antonia's website is a start. @antoniamariconda @safetyinbeauty
The documentary will be appearing on Sky Fitness and Beauty Channel (282 next tuesday 3rd February, just in time for Valentines. I will be writing up my year of 'wrinkly of Richmond' and which practitioners I will be recommending. You want to look your best, not like someone else. Which reminds me. Who did Renee Zelwegger want to look like?