“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” And Neither Will I

French women don’t get facelifts and neither will I. Yes, I’m in my mid-50s and some of my “stuff” is starting to sag and bag. Mostly my skin:  on my neck, on the backs of my hands, and (Lord, why?) above my knees, particularly my right knee. It sneaked up on me, this march of time and loss of collagen.  It’s weird to look at my formerly fine neck — which I hadn’t paid much attention to for most of my life — and see my Mom’s neck instead. The neck that looks absolutely fine on my Mom looks weird on me. I swear when I look in the mirror now that I hear turkeys gobbling somewhere right behind me…Can being mistaken for a Thanksgiving turkey be far behind?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then (a) you are younger than, say, 50,  (b) you’re over 50 and you don’t pay attention to your body parts and how the skin stretches tightly (or not) across and around them, or (c) you have great genetics and have lived somewhere where the sun don’t shine much. If you fall into any of these three categories, you may want to skip on ahead to your next-favorite blogger because I may not be particularly relevant or funny today.

I’m pretty sure I won’t ever get a neck lift or anything that involves a knife, blood (however “minimal” the bloodletting might be) and my body, unless it’s a matter of life and death. And let’s face it, sagging skin, no matter how upsetting, ain’t a matter of life and death…to me. That said, I have a couple of friends who, for various reasons that were very important to them, have had elective surgery to tighten and firm body parts. I don’t judge. More power to my friends if it makes them happier. But that said, I’m a turkey chicken, and I can’t imagine getting cut and put back together to make myself happier. I hate pain. Big time.

That brings me to my choices in reading material these days. Yes, yes, I’m continuing to expand my mind by reading good-for-me books like Final Catcall: A Magical Cats Mystery. But I’ve also started to read books about aging, or should I say about aging well. One author whom I’ve found helpful in the past is Mireille Guiliano. She wrote a best-selling book called French Women Don’t Get Fat that was published in 2004. I read her book, marinated on it for a few years, then lost over 25 pounds in 2012.  See? Books can change lives!

Mireille published a new book called French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude. Could her timing be any better? It’s like she heard the wild turkeys gobbling ever so faintly behind me and is coming to my rescue! I plan to buy her new book. This Tuesday! When Mireille comes to Montclair, N.J. to talk about aging, which she says is all a matter of attitude. If you live in the area why not join me? When you walk into the room at the Van Vleck House & Gardens just follow the faint sounds of gobbling…they will lead you right to me.

Here's the article from our local paper that clued me in to Mireille's upcoming visit!

Here’s the article from our local paper that clued me in to Mireille’s upcoming visit! Notice the latest InStyle magazine underneath the article? Yeah. I’m not dead yet!


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11 Responses to “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” And Neither Will I

  1. Barb W. says:

    I’m so with you Darlene! My neck is showing signs of age and I’m like “huh?” Of course, no matter how much our children age, we don’t, right? I certainly don’t feel older, but my body has sure enjoyed the 4-plus decades I’ve been around and has well-earned every wrinkle and sign of wear.

    No knives or surgeries for this gal, either. When did we stop seeing the beauty in age and wisdom, anyway? To me, I think it’s a sad reflection on American culture. Will have to get a copy of French Women Don’t Get Facelifts… I imagine I’ll enjoy what Mireille has to say!

    • So right, Barb about our children getting older, but we don’t!
      Europeans (I think of the French and Italians whom I know) have a very different idea of beauty, particularly as they age. I love their approach to living.

  2. I can’t imagine I’d ever go under the knife for an elective surgery, but once I saw adds about these radio (?) waves being used for facelift type stuff and the before/after pictures were quite amazing. At the time, I thought maybe that might be an option if I really feel like I need an option. Buy, hey, I’ve always liked turkey, so maybe I’ll just join the gobbler ranks when my time comes. 😉

    Those sound like good books!

    • FringeGirl,
      I read a few articles about “non-invasive” facelifts, which can involve radio waves and other stuff that’s supposed to kick your collagen in the butt to get it producing again. I don’t know anyone whose tried it though. I suppose that might be an option for us turkeys!

  3. Sandy Cain says:

    Hey, don’t worry about the turkey neck. As long as no one sneaks up behind you with a pot of Stove-Top stuffing – you’re fine! 😀

  4. Estelle says:

    Wow. Darlene, how inspiring that you lost 25 pounds based on advice from a book. Will need to get those books pronto. I can’t say if I would go under the knife or not yet. A friend of mine just did and she looks amazing, so never say never. However, I respect all views.

  5. pia says:

    I never thought I would consider going under the knife. However I’m 63 and was vain. I need to lose weight desperately and then…..My skin is still tight on most of my face but my neck….and my eyes are puffy!

  6. Lisa Tognola says:

    I’m gobbling right behind you! But I think you look great, Darlene. And your vitality for life makes you especially youthful.

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