"Face It" Guide Addresses Psychological Issues Behind Cosmetic Surgery

Two models turned psychotherapists have published a book called “Face It”, a guide for women that are struggling with their self-image as they age.

Dr. Vivian Diller and Dr. Jill Muir-Sukenick make it clear that no matter how successful a woman may be, the superficial still plays a leading role in how a woman feels about herself. The book discusses the dilemma of two opposing societal views of beauty which encourage different perspectives on how women are supposed to feel as they get older.

The authors call this “The Beauty Paradox” and say that this dilemma is what leaves many women “feeling stuck” and can even negatively affect their self-esteem.

Vivian Diller provides a step-by-step guide for women that are dealing with the difficult emotions  of a changing body and face, and encourages women to take a close look at the deeper issues behind their need to undergo cosmetic surgery, or even purchase expensive beauty products.

The book features dozens of stories from patients who are surprised with feeling any type of emotion regarding their looks as they age, and identify key moments in their lives when they started worrying about certain parts of their body. Even those that were raised or lived in a home environment where caring too much about one’s appearance was deemed excessively superficial, reported that they still spent a significant amount of time and money taking care of their appearance.

The authors also tackle the issue of what makes a woman a ‘sellout.’ The authors recently interviewed with the New York Times, and stated that “they were not against plastic surgery nor less-invasive efforts to slow time’s march.” But, it was “choosing an intervention out of fear or unquestioningly” that is the problem for many women today.

The authors also appeared on the “Today” Show on March 11 to discuss the book. “Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change” is now available in major bookstores including Amazon.com.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.