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“Face It” Guide Addresses Psychological Issues Behind Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 1, 2010

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


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