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The Facelift Diaries: what it's REALLY like to have a facelift Paperback – September 22, 2004
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Full of psychological insight into the motivations and aftermath of an event both consider transforming -- (The Washington Post, January 11, 2005)
I found your excerpts really, really interesting. I suggest any woman thinking of having work done read them -- (Linda Vester, Dayside, Fox News, January 19, 2005)
Two psychotherapists get real from beginning to end -- (Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, ABC, March 14, 2005)
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Jaedene Roberts Levy is a clinical socialworker and psychotherapist. Jill Scharff MD, is a psychoanalyst.
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Glad I know several women who had a better experience. Regret not taking the time to return the book
1) There are NO photos, "Before", "After", NADA! And in a book where the writers keep referring to their results and the reader needs to see SOMETHING, that is an odd decision. One writer has a SMALL stamp-sized photo on the back that is clear, but (without a BEFORE) uninformative. The other has a fuzzy photo that looks like a cropped personal shot. But this book is about "How DID you look, HOW DO YOU LOOK?"
2) I wanted to gauge recovers speeds. Instead of numbering EACH entry by the Day #, they just do Monday, Tuesday, Etc. Every now and then one might refer to WHAT DAY it is, what week! Which puts the burden on the READER to note when EACH ONE did her surgery and COUNT. Uh, nooooo.
3) I will never ever get my surgery done at the same time as a friend after reading this. Because there was a modicum of discouragement, comparison and competition (and by the way...A LIST of the procedures EACH DID would have helped the reader to gauge whether comparisons were even appropriate)I had the feeling that each of them would have had a happier experience separately; that each was holding themselves and their healing back in a subtle - and perhaps unconscious way - to not make the other feel bad.
But all that means is that the READER gets a suffering, sad, neglected,dejected experience. I have heard stories where the recovery was daunting, perhaps a bit longer than expected, but not HORRIBLE!
If you are in good health, and have a positive outlook, and spend the first night in professional care, just go to the terrific chats rooms and blogs and SITES that share without all the painful sturm und drang.
I don't know - as a reader - if it was worth it to them to have gone thru it because THERE ARE NO BEFORE PHOTOS! DUH!
What is unique is their honesty. This book is very different than the glossy and so seductive adds that I admit to having read on more than one occasion. They offer a closeup of the gory aftermath and recovery, including the their very different recovery times and the impact of that on their feelings about each other.
While the book is lively as well as practical some information was difficult to think about. Most poignant for me was the long 14 month period of Jill Scarff's recovery. She had to face the reactions of her own children, peers who didn't recognize her, not least that she didn't look like the self she recognized when she looked at herself in the mirror.
The the book is direct, accessible and they write with wit and humor. They also offer a lot of tips which are well organized for the reader who is about to have a face lift aand for their loved ones.
Bravo to Jill and Jaedene for being so honest and for sharing their facelift experiences with us. This would be a great book to give to anyone who is even thinking of having facial surgery, a very practical guide to the bumps along the way.