My husband will divorce me if he finds out I've had Anti-wrinkle Injections & Fillers!

For years, I have had patients confess that they have to hide the truth and make a secret of having had anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers from their husbands.

"He will divorce me, he doesn't believe in those things, he thought I looked good for my age but I have never had the courage to tell him."

Clients have gone to great lengths to hide treatment times, booking in while their spouse is away, telling them the bruise or swelling is from laser treatment for capillaries and paying cash for their treatment, using personal credit cards and never taking a tell tale receipt.

At times, I have even been party to a little creative camaraderie and become somewhat adept at offering suitable ideas for my female clients to excuse various treatments. “Perhaps, tell them you have an allergy or an insect bite or it’s a result of dental work or even that Dr Liew is trialling new skin treatments for dermatitis.”

Shocking but true and after years of wondering why these harmless stories needed to be told, I have finally understood what the husbands at home fear

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What’s wrong with growing old gracefully?

For some reason, almost every health and beauty journalist I meet, loves to ask me the same question, regardless of where I have been interviewed. Australia, LA, New York, Paris, Shanghai or Tokyo, it’s becoming predictable.

Not wanting to sound too harsh, controversial or bold, but my answer to them is that in my opinion there is absolutely nothing remotely gracious about growing old at all. Yes, one can grow old gracefully in character, manner and poise, but visually, it is simply not physiologically possible. Don't believe me? Just look at our own grandmothers or to our beloved mothers in law.

The simple fact is that as we age, we start to look a little sad, sometimes angry and often very tired and all of this is normal, the ageing process is not kind to anyone.

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