Getting old is a fact of life which no one can escape. Even the scalpel of a plastic surgeon can only do so much. There is also the danger that too much pulling of the face skin can alter facial features with the added bonus of resembling a frog. This is not to say that all plastic surgery does not work, but when this procedure is overdone the results could end up being catastrophic.
Please do not think that in this I include all types of plastic surgery, on the contrary, there is nothing wrong with a nose or chin job followed by reasonable breast implants’ if one needs them, but this was not my problem.
As a senior secondary teacher who is advancing in age, I worked out that firm and fair class room management was not going to be enough in dealing with my teenage students. As we well know, youthful appearances are of the outmost importance to the younger generation, (anything over thirty is ancient as far as they are concerned) so the old was definitively out if I wanted to continue working in the profession I love.
Plastic surgery was out of the question; first, the cost was beyond my budget and secondly, I was not going to take the chance in getting my face botched up. I resorted to believing cosmetic advertisement would give me what I wanted. But I should have known better, all the creams, lotions and potions which were costing me a fortune did very little, if anything at all, except make me smell nice.
In desperation I went to see my doctor, who also specializes in skin disorders. Hoping not to sound vain or stupid, I explained the situation and to my surprise she understood. Instead of telling me that there was nothing she could do she began saying what I wanted to hear: that even if I was getting older there was something that was going to help me look good.
Elated with my visit, I left the surgery with a prescription for Retin A, and the name of a moisturizing cream; Neo Strata Blue. She also advised that I should use these two creams with a very good sun block… Her other instruction was that I had to be very diligent in my application of the creams and to take out a gym membership: regular working out keeps the blood flowing while the oxygen doing its work.
Well ladies, my diligence, gym workouts and perseverance with my daily routine have finally paid off. No, I do not see a twenty year old woman looking back at me from the mirror but what I see is a fresh faced woman who does not look her age. Even my students are remarking that there is something different about my appearance. (After many years of teaching, I am still to meet a diplomatic teenager)
Naturally I do wear make- up and tint my hair but the difference is in the skin texture which no longer looks fragile and wrinkly but much smoother and softer. So, as far as I am concerned, I have found my own alternative to plastic surgery and botox.
I hope that this little bit of information can be of help to other senior ladies.