I watched a woman get a face-lift, and it wasn't very gory at all. Take a look.
- Plastic surgery involves cutting, loosening, and re-sewing parts of the body together.
- There's nothing plastic about it - the term comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means "to mold" or "to form."
- The practice dates back thousands of years, to at least the 6th century B.C.
- I spent a day watching a woman get a face-lift, neck-lift, brow-lift, and eyelid-lift, and was amazed.
Plastic surgery is a mysterious business. The average face-lift costs $7,500, though the price can get upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on where and how it's done. Typically, none of that cost is covered by insurance. And after it's all over, patients often stay hush-hush about whether or not they've had any work done.
But in the quiet, picket-fenced town of Avon, Connecticut, patient Kim Maher and Dr. Paul Stanislaw recently let me enter their surgery room and see how plastic surgery happens up close. I was surprised by how low-tech and artful the procedure was, and fascinated by how resilient and tough human faces can be below the skin.I also learned first-hand that performing or undergoing a face-lift is an all-day slog, with hours of meticulous injecting, snipping, and stitching. The following photos give you a brief glance behind the scenes.
But a few warnings are in order first. Please don't attempt any DIY plastic surgery - the images below show the work of a board-certified professional with 20 years of experience. If you are considering such a procedure, talk to your doctor. And for those who get squeamish about medical matters, beware: The surgery isn't terribly gory, but there is a bit of blood involved.