Tempted by enhancements?


FINE LINE There’s a fine line between desiring to look well and becoming obsessed with perfection.

Maggie Gibbons

When was the last time you saw a ‘naturally’ beautiful woman in a magazine? Sadly, it rarely happens. Nearly everything is photoshopped nowadays, and every body bit from the neck to the bum is lifted and enhanced.
The tragedy is, though, our young people are struggling to look like these fake people. Media shoves celebrity in our faces, and our youth are totally sucked into the lies. Believe me, if those celebs didn’t have all the enhancements, you wouldn’t look twice at them.
Getting work done can become addictive, a face full of filler can just highlight a wrinkly neck. Having one procedure is usually the gateway to more cosmetic treatments. It’s a bit like getting one room done in your house, as soon as it’s finished it just shows up all the other things that need to be done.
Sure, we all want to look our best, but this current obsession with selfies has contributed to the demand for perfection. Indeed, this ‘selfie’ generation are having more and more ‘preventive’ fillers before a line has even appeared. The results are visible immediately, unlike plastic surgery, which has a lengthy recovery time. Would you believe young people are starting to get fillers as early as 18? To me that’s terribly sad.

Botox injections relax the muscles in your face to smooth lines and wrinkles. It’s not a permanent fix, typically lasting about six months. Since the FDA approval of Botox for cosmetic use in 2002 its popularity has sky rocketed, despite the high cost.
Too much though can be a disaster. The lips are a big giveaway; not so much the ‘trout pout’ as the loss of cupids bow. The eyes too can develop that ‘startled’ look.
If you do fancy going down the Botox, road then I’d advise a call to Pauline Cawley in Castlebar, where highly trained practitioners attend the salon to dispense the services. Check Botox prices on 094 9025007 or info@paulinecawley.com
My friends and I often chat about new skin products and procedures, and all agree that none of us would have fillers. One friend already tried some Juvéderm filler above the lips to soften the smokers lines. It worked for a while, however, she couldn’t afford to maintain it so after about six month the lines were back. Not so good.

Chemical peels
Chemical peels treat the surface layer of the skin in a controlled way. The peel is applied and healthier cells grow to the areas that were treated. They’re typically used to treat acne, blemishes and sun-damaged skin. They should always be carried out by a trained healthcare professional. I checked out prices in FACE Castlebar, where prices start from €80 to €145 for individual peels.
Courses start from €550 to €690 depending on the level of the peels. The level required will always be advised by your therapist for maximum results for your skin.

This is a skin-resurfacing procedure that uses a rapidly rotating device to ‘sand’ the outer layers of skin. After treatment , the skin may be red and swollen. Patients should notice a big difference after treatment. During the treatment, a skin expert removes accumulated dead skin by using a sterile surgical scalpel. However, this method of skin rejuvenation should be done by licensed practitioners, as it involves the use of a scalpel.

Laser treatment
The practitioner will direct short, pulsating beams of light at the skin, removing damaged skin layer by layer. While there is an element of swelling afterwards, you will be provided with a soothing lotion/balm for application on the next few days.
The idea of looking younger has always appealed, every time we buy a jar of beauty cream we’re buying ‘hope in a jar’. If half the promises on those jars worked I’d look about ten! Feminism is about choice and I will always champion that.
If you choose fillers, peels or scalpel, good luck to you, no one is saying you shouldn’t. However, wouldn’t it be wonderful if that older face with all its lines and wrinkles was sold to us as a role model for true beauty? I don’t think that will happen any day soon though.
Hopefully, we will change in the future, and this obsession with looking perfect will go away. For now though, it’s our reality. Remember, there’s a very fine line between desiring to look well and becoming obsessed with perfection.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at living@mayonews.ie.