new century, the retro debate about the relative value of substance
over image has gone by the wayside. Everyone - from artists to athletes, doctors to decorators, politicians to
investors to Internet entrepreneurs, stay-up-late moguls to
stay-at-home moms - recognizes that being honorable, productive and successful
and looking terrific are not mutually
rather perfectly complementary.
the days when people who didn't like their appearance spent years in
psychotherapy delving their self-esteem "issues" or lied
about their attempts to look better. Today, people brag about their
laser peels, liposuction and eyelifts. And why shouldn't they?
fun to feel like a million dollars physically but look a decade or
two older than your actual age, to be mistaken for your kid's
grandparent, or to discover that the wolf whistle that turned your
head was not intended for you. And it's downright demoralizing to get passed
over for a job, be left out of a social scene, or look in the mirror
each day hating this wrinkle, that blemish, or any number of
no one has to hate his or her appearance anymore! While the cosmetic
laser surgery we wrote about several years ago in
and the Beam
elaborated on the "new and
improved" techniques that were then available, technology has
advanced in such quantum leaps that just about every procedure we
described has improved.
Instant Beauty is available to everyone who has no more than a lunch break to fix this, improve that, and get gorgeous!
those who desire a quick fix - not just the "Ladies Who
Lunch" but the men who lunch as well - there is now an unending
list of lunchtime procedures that can be performed literally on your
12 to 1 p.m. lunch break and that involve few if any side effects,
reasonable cost and immeasurable satisfaction.
don't forget: while many lunchtime procedures can enhance your
appearance and make you look better on the surface, these cosmetic
tune-ups are not equivalent to a facelift that can correct sagging
muscles and skin. However, a series of lunchtime procedures, each
one leading to a subtle improvement, can cumulatively make a
significant change in the texture of your skin and your overall
Beauty: Getting Gorgeous on Your Lunch Break provides you with
an entire "menu" of lunchtime cosmetic procedures and
answers each and every question you have about what's hot, what's
not; what works, what doesn't; what's fact, what's fiction; what's
gimmicky, what's authentic; what's hype, what's the real thing -
spelling out each procedure and its cost: what it entails, who is
and is not a prime candidate, when you're ready for this or that
procedure, where to seek "the best" practitioner and
facility and how to ask all the right questions.
already be familiar with many of the procedures we describe, having
read about or seen them mentioned in any number of magazine articles
and TV programs. But often, what you read or see comes from the
slick press releases from public-relations firms hired either by
doctors or by the companies that manufacture this or that machine or
product. Besides, being "mentioned" is not enough! Any elective
aesthetic procedure involves not only inherent risks but also the
very delicate and ego-driven issue of personal appearance. No person
takes this lightly, and all people deserve to know everything
possible about the choices they're making. We hope that Instant
Beauty will be among your most valuable resources.
are several helpful and important resources.
Academy of Dermatology
Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Academy of Micropigmentation
National Standards Institute
Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Society of Plastic Surgeons
~ Dermatology, Laser & Plastic Surgery, L.L.P.
Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Colors and Cosmetics
Street SW Washington, D.C. 20204
202-401-9725 (Contact if you experience a reaction you believe is
related to a cosmetic product.)
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Foundation of America, Inc.
Alopecia Areata Foundation
National Vitiligo Foundation, Inc.