Now and then, I get lucky enough to have a patient like Kris walk through my door. She is a wonderful person and has allowed me to embark with her on the gratifying journey of making her look the way she feels inside. It has indeed been a partnership because she has done as much to improve her overall health and appearance as we have done together. It would not be possible to achieve this without her hard work and dedication, and what a trip it has been!
BEWARE OF THE SIDE EFFECT of walking into Dr. Reath’s office – it could totally change your life!
I celebrate my 50th birthday in January, and I am actually looking forward to it! I began embracing the aging process ten years ago when I decided to cut out all of the color in my hair and let my natural sparkly silver hair shine. Actually, my husband dared me to do it (because I think he had a thing for Jamie Lee Curtis at the time!), but I have received so many comments from total strangers complimenting me on my natural hair color.
This encouraged me to accept myself more and to work harder at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I cooked healthier foods, and I began to want to look better for myself as well as for my husband. However, I was tired of looking in the mirror and not seeing the person that I saw in my head.
Flash forward to 2017-
I was at a weight that I had maintained for a few years, but I didn’t like my inherited double chin or my tummy. Even losing 25 pounds and working out hadn’t changed things. I knew it was time to seek help in improving those problem areas and so made a consultation appointment with Dr. Reath. He felt that CoolSculpting, instead of a neck lift, was a better option for my chin, and a lipoabdominoplasty would fix my tummy area.
I had both procedures done that year, and I am very happy with the results. The volume of my neck has been dramatically diminished, and I don’t mind having my pictures taken now! My tummy is flat and natural-looking, and I can finally wear clothing that I couldn’t before the surgery. Dr. Reath even sculpted a bit more of an hourglass figure for me.
Although my husband loved me the way I was before, he definitely thinks I’m a LOT sexier now, and he tells me so all the time! We have been married for almost 29 years, and he can’t keep his hands off me (this is a side effect of the surgery that was not mentioned in the paperwork I signed – ha!). And, finally, I see in the mirror the woman I have wanted to be for a very long time.
We all know that there is an incredible amount of pressure from the media to look as young as possible no matter what age you are. My face is aging, and I know that I can’t stop it. However, I get funny looks sometimes when I say that my sons are in their twenties, often followed by “You don’t look old enough to have kids that age!” Of course, I love hearing that, but I know that I need to take good care of my skin and possibly consider some treatments to help me achieve a younger appearance.
In 2018, Christy gave me a HydraFacial, and I loved it! My skin felt so much smoother. I will definitely be having more of those in the future. I also tried the SkinPen, and I can’t explain the difference, but it IS there! Since having these procedures done, I’ve had people tell me that I have great skin, so I know the facial and SkinPen treatments have made a difference.
I still have a few treatments on my to-do list for 2019 that will permanently erase some pigmentation issues on my chest and neck and some visible veins on my face. I also want to try Volbella for the lines on my upper lip. I love that Dr. Reath’s office is a one-stop-shop for all of my skin care needs. His staff is fantastic, and it’s like visiting family when I pop in for a treatment. They genuinely care about their patients.
When I was having my photoshoot for this magazine, I heard myself described as “sassy,” “spirited,” and also that I had a great smile and an infectious laugh. I told everybody that I wanted to represent the silver hair contingent, and I joked that I am a 24-year old trapped in a 49-year old body. However, that body is looking better than ever!
I do not want to lose what I have gained with the tummy tuck, so I am working out regularly and eating in a way that keeps my weight steady. I feel good about myself, and I want to continue to find ways to help me maintain a more youthful appearance.
Knowing that Dr. Reath and his staff are there to support me in my journey has made all the difference in how I am embracing this milestone birthday. I feel that my best years are still ahead of me, and I am not giving up just because I am getting older. I am 50, fit and FABULOUS!
There are more Reath patient transformations featured in the sixth edition of our practice magazine Your Beauty, which just hit the stands.
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