DONALD TRUMP’S now infamous tweets last week about “low IQ Crazy Mika” “bleeding from a facelift” made me think more than usual about the subject of cosmetic surgery, along with “less-invasive” fillers and Botox. The latter has become about as common as taking an aspirin. According to statistics on the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016 marked the highest number of botox injections to date, with over 7 million. General cosmetic surgery procedures (facelift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, breast augmentation, etc.) clocked in at 1,790,987 last year, up 4 percent from 2015.
In a follow-up Vanity Fair story Brzezinski tells her side of the story saying she had undergone a procedure to tighten the skin under her neck, which she told Melania Trump about when the couple stopped by Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve. “The irony of it all is that Donald kept saying, ‘That’s incredible. You can’t even tell. Who did it? Who did it?’ He kept asking for the name of the doctor.” So, whether blood was streaming down from her face is debatable. Maybe not so much. In any event, she felt comfortable enough in the way she looked to at least drop by a high-profile New Year’s Eve party. Brzezinski is not alone in returning quickly to regularly scheduled activities. A little or even a lot of swelling isn’t enough to keep busy women holed up in their homes.
Coincidentally, before the Trump-Brzezinski brouhaha, I had a dermatologist appointment and decided to get a hyaluronic filler hoping to downplay those annoying lines around my mouth. I knew there was the possibility of bruising but I went ahead. And bruise I did. But the next night when I had to go to a fundraising event (the appointment was made well before the event invite), I had plenty of second thoughts. I couldn’t entirely cover up the black and blue marks with makeup, so when I ran into people I knew or to whom I was being introduced, I wondered whether they would think I had been punched, had dental surgery, had run into a door or would just assume I had been to the dermatologist. It was the double-edged sword of vanity. I was hoping to improve my looks, but there I was that night looking slightly scary with my bruised face. On the other hand, my fair-skinned husband who has frequent bouts with the dermatologist freezing suspicious skin lesions and/or with Moh’s surgery removing thin layers of skin on his face, doesn’t seem to feel the slightest pang about going out in public post-procedure. Sure, his are for legitimate medical reasons. But even though cosmetic surgery is on the upswing for men, no one assumes that’s why his face is blotchy and beet-red.
As for me, should I have stayed home until I healed? Have you been in a similar situation? We’d love to know what you think.