Monday, November 30, 2009

Botax – How does it affect me?

First of all, what is it? It's a proposed tax of 5% on any procedure considered optional and not medically necessary. That would include anything from Botox injections to breast augmentation. It is a piece of the health care reform bill that was passed by the Senate last Saturday.

"This tax is effectively a 'Soccer Mom' tax that will adversely impact mainstream American wives and mothers, who are the majority of plastic surgery patients," Renato Saltz, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said in a joint statement with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What it means for us regular people is that less and less middle class American women will be getting Botox and smaller “lifestyle” procedures due to the cost. But do you think women will just accept the fact that “perfection” is a little further out of reach? I don't think so.

My hope is that women will take back, into their own hands, the control over their appearance. I'm all for doing the best with what you have and we now have such a wide array of camouflage makeup that can enhance our appearance. With some good education and techniques we may look back one day on this “Botax” with fond memories. We may mark these days as the time we decided to go needle-free forever!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stages of Adjustment

When something traumatic has happened to us there's something known as the Stages of Adjustment that we must pass through. If you have had a traumatic event that has altered your appearance you must also deal with these stages. I hope reading this will help you to come to the point of acceptance, for it's in acceptance we can begin to make positive steps towards healing.

1. Shock - Inability to deal with the situation - not acknowledging what has happened.
2. Denial - Refusing to accept the situation.
3. Anger - Reaction to the situation that can vary from disturbed to rage. Don't be surprised by this, it's a human reaction.
4. Bargaining - "God if only..."
5. Acceptance. True acknowledgement and a willingness to deal with the situation.

An Aesthetic Camouflage Artist may be asked to serve a client at any point throughout the Stages of Adjustment. It's important for the artist be aware of these stages, without making judgments, but with an understanding of what the client may be going through at this point in his/her recovery. How important is it to remember that we are blessed to be part of the healing process? It's a privilege and a responsibility.