A PERSONAL COSMETIC SURGERY STORY
by Denise Thomas
Cosmetic Surgery Consultant
At one time Charlotte was a beautiful woman, living in Arizona. Although a practicing attorney, she secretly battled with a disease called alcoholism. It wasn’t until she moved to Manhattan that I got to know her. I was startled to learn her actual age. She was only fifty years old at the time, but truly looked at least ten years older. The mix of sun damage from the hot Tucson sun, careless use of sun screen and over consumption of alcohol are hardly anecdotes to anti-aging!
Charlotte decided to try the Betty Ford clinic, unfortunately, to no avail. Soon after her return to Manhattan, she contacted me and we became friendly. Desperately wanting to help her, I told her abouta well known therapist who dealt with addictions. Charlotte not only agreed to see her, she loved the therapist. This prompted her to join AA, followed by another trip to Betty Ford, and, imagine, she even adopted a puppy, a wonderful idea the therapist offered thinking it might help her to have a pet in her life, to love and pamper.
One day, out of the blue she surprised me by saying, “Denise, I just might be ready for some cosmetic work. I think it might give me a boost and some courage to go forward. I feel ready for a second chance at life.”
I agreed that the time might be right, saying, “It certainly won’t cause a miracle, but if you understand that and use it as a stepping stone, why not? Just remember, you are doing this for yourself, not for anyone else.” Who could blame her for wanting to look and feel better and didn’t she deserve it? Don’t we all?
After having a wonderful face and eye lift, she was so happy, wishing she had done it sooner and very much wanting to venture out into her new world.
With her upbeat attitude and newly refreshed looks Charlotte was ready to move forward. She felt confident enough to step out and accept a Thanksgiving invitation. Although she enjoyed a lovely meal withgreat conversation, suddenly she felt a need to leave. For some strange reason she just felt lonely.
When Charlotte stepped off the elevator, there in the lobby stood a rather dapper, handsome man, holding a flower in his hand. He looked at her and offered her the flower. She smiled and accepted it. Coincidentally, he had just left his dinner invitation as well. As Charlotte later learned, this man was newly divorced and also was overcome with feelings of fear and loneliness. Later he told her he thought it was going to be so hard to find a special someone to share his life with. He confessed that even though he had been introduced to several lovely ladies, in his opinion none of them were as pretty as she, the woman who had just accepted his flower.
Thankfully, he summoned the courage to ask her on a dinner date and many more getting-to-know-each-other dates and outings, until they realized they were deeply in love. They even agree that New York winters were not for them, and are now looking for a new home in Florida.
I’m going to miss Charlotte, even though I know we will keep in touch, but I’m so happy I was able to lend a helping hand in putting her life back on track.
This is a true story. Only her name was changed to protect her identity. I do hope you enjoyed it.
Denise Thomas is a Manhattan based Cosmetic Surgery Consultant