I woke up this morning, glanced in the mirror and could not believe what I was seeing. Literally, I went to bed with one neck and woke up with another. The old neck was, without question, much better. It is as if my neck just sagged over night. Sort of like a double chin, but it is my neck not my chin and all of a sudden it is no longer toned and it is just hanging there like a turkey's. I'm talkin' very, very ugly!
I am blaming one of my girlfriends. (It always feels better when we can blame someone for our troubles, doesn't it?) Several weeks ago she and I had a conversation about a mutual friend who lost a lot of weight but then looked much older because of all the loose skin hanging off of her face and neck. My friend asked if I had ever read the book I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. I had not. My girlfriend promptly dropped it off for me to read the next day, which I did that very evening. (Very humorous if you've never read it!) I think, perhaps, the book has made me overly conscious of my neck. My neck, by the way, which I had never noticed or had a problem with before. Do you think?
Now, several weeks later my neck has changed. I went to bed last night and it was just fine. I woke up and … egads! All of a sudden my neck has lines in it. And it is saggy. I think a neck-lift would be highly appropriate, but I can't afford one and I think I'd be too scared to do that regardless. I tried a few quick neck stretches almost immediately, with no visible effect. I know we'd all like to stop the clock on aging, but who has ever woken up with an entirely different neck in just one twenty four hour period? How can that happen?
One thing about living in Southern California, we are all very cognizant of plastic surgery here. I have noticed a lot of women with bad face-lifts or worse yet … half face lifts. Yes, women will do their eyes and forehead because it is cheaper than doing the whole face. Or they will do their jowl area and not their eyes and forehead. I have not had any plastic surgery yet, but I will tell you this … unless you can afford to do the whole face, don't do it at all. It looks terrible and even if the other half of your face did not look that bad to start with, it will now look terrible in contrast to the part that has been altered. One half looks saggy and the other half looks overly taut.
It is a VERY BAD LOOK!
In addition, now that I've witnessed my own neck changing dramatically in only one day … I would suggest you not have a face-lift unless you do your neck also. I had never given it a moments thought before, but don't you think there is something fundamentally wrong about a youthful looking face on top of a saggy neck? And even if your neck is not saggy today, it will be sooner or later. Clearly, if you make the decision to pursue some changes you really need to fully commit to it. Either that or just make the decision to age gracefully.
Personally, now that this drama has occurred with my neck, I am left wondering what's next? Tomorrow, or next week, or next month … what's going to be the next thing to look like hell? Do you have a body part that you hate? If so, what is it and why?