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‘I Didn’t Recognize You!’ – The Dilemma of Clinical Cosmetology
Chitra Sanam with Dr Daniel Sister
A popular text message that’s doing the rounds in the corporate circle reads this way… ‘A 35 year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience, and so cried out to God, ‘Is my time up?’ God replied, ‘No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.’

Upon recovery, the lady decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital, but while crossing the street on her way home, she was run over and killed by an ambulance. On arriving at the pearly gates, she demanded, ‘God, I thought you said I had another 43 years?

Why didn’t you save me before the ambulance ran me over?’
Pat came the reply from God, ‘I didn't recognize you!’
Tongue-in-cheek, did you say? Yeah sure, but it does rake up the uncomfortable question about cosmetic surgery –– ‘Aren’t we going against nature?’

Try telling Dr Daniel Sister that! Dr Sister, a leading cosmetologist, who’s boudoir chic clinic in the plush Notting Hill neighbourhood is often visited by celebrity big wigs, hot shots and super models of the world, dismisses the pertinent question in one monotonic breath, “We’re using what nature has given us to carry out cosmetic treatments, so how can we go against nature?”

When you tune into Dr Sister’s warm, deep European English accent, and pay attention to the years of experience he brings to the table, you can’t help but be all ears to hear the expert speak. But what really seems to drive the point home is the cliché –– beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Well, that’s how he puts it. “Beauty is in the eye… what is ugly for me could be beautiful for somebody else. Some patients want to go to an extreme that I hate, but they love it. Ugly is personal as beauty. It depends on each individual and what they want.”

And really, who hasn’t altered their appearance at some point of time or the other? Aren’t we a nation that’s been hooked onto ‘fair and lovely’ or some such alternative for instance? And haven’t the male counterparts too joined the bandwagon?

But having said that, there are consequences to decisions made. So when the 21st century man obsesses with staying young and doesn’t think twice to go under the surgeon’s scalpel, one wonders if we’re losing our sanity for the sake of vanity. Dr Sister puts it all in clear perspective. “Years ago, life was much shorter. A woman reaching menopause was almost at the end of her career and life. But now she is still active even at that stage in life and has to compete with a younger generation. But of course movie stars and top models too send a message through their image.”

In an age where it irks one to accept that some are genetically wired to be fabulously fit and young, and that with or without exercise or healthy eating habits, or when it’s hard to accept that there are those who wouldn’t need to give in to cosmetology-related treatments, Dr Sister reassures, “Perfection does not exist! Nothing happens just like that. Being fit and looking as good as possible without any effort is impossible.” That, however, doesn’t mean you toil and sweat for results. On the brighter side of things – ‘no pain, no gain,’ is one fact that clinical cosmetology busts. “Totally,” says Dr Sister, and on that note he signs off.
Dr Daniel Sister is a UK-based surgical cosmetic guru, sought after by some of the world’s swish set


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