|Dr. Fredric Brandt, 64.|
It’s been a while since we (that’s the editorial “we” which means “I”) stirred up a little controversy in this space. I thought the time had come.
Let’s talk interventions, tweaks, the futile pursuit of eternal youth shall we? Let’s talk about Dr. Fredric Brandt, dermatologist to the rich and famous. If you missed the Sunday, March 30, 2014, New York Times Style section which featured a verrrrry large picture of him on its cover page and then proceeded to devote a great deal more ink and patient photos inside the section, I thought I would take you for a quick perusal.
|A syringe for Botox which some plastic surgeons and dermatologists are now saying when used in excess makes a face look older rather than younger.|
I don’t know about you, but I have a few rather elementary, basic standards I like to apply to the doctors I might visit. I don’t think it’s a lot to ask that:
- My dentist has nice teeth.
- My nutritionist is relatively slender — not skinny, just normal is fine.
- My internist looks healthy.
- My dermatologist does not look like a frightening alien.
Oh, yes, I would like my hairstylist to have good hair.
Perhaps I’m overly demanding, but so be it.
Dr. Brandt is considered the king of Botox and he also seems to be quite enchanted with fillers. He said he likes to experiment on himself.
|Kim Novak, 81, and John Travolta, 60, at the 2014 Academy Awards.|
|Model, Stephanie Seymour, 45.|
In this case pictures probably speak volumes. All those included above were in the New York Times story so I can only assume that lots of fact checking went into their inclusion.
One would be naive to believe that in professions that revere youth and beauty that letting time march unchecked across one’s face (and neck) is an extremely difficult decision. One would also have to admit how very, very sad it is. It seems cruel to be mean to Kim Novak, but she turned her back on Hollywood when she was at the height of her stardom. It makes one wonder then why she decided she needed to visit Dr. Brandt.