Nora Ephron Did Not Need to Feel Bad About Her Neck
Every so often I read a book about age, and whoever’s writing it says it’s great to be old. It’s great to be wise and sage and mellow; it’s great to be at the point where you understand just what matters in life. I can’t stand people who say things like this. What can they be thinking? Don’t they have necks?
—from “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” by Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron, a prolific journalist, screenwriter, producer and novelist whose film work included “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve got Mail,” “Silkwood” and “Heartburn,” had a gift for writing wickedly funny, and honest, prose.
Ms. Ephron passed away this past June, and after seeing a display of her work at a local bookstore, I picked up a copy of her 2006 best-seller, “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”
In this collection of essays on life and aging, she bemoans the fact, that although you can slow the march of time across your face with wrinkle treatments, fillers and makeup, all bets are off when it comes to the neck. Efforts to camouflage the area through scarves, turtlenecks and chunky jewelry are nothing more than “compensatory dressing.”
You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.
Ms. Ephron recounts a plastic surgeon explaining that her only option was a full facelift, since when you’re talking neck, it’s all or nothing. She refused that course of action, explaining:
If I had a nice round puffy face, I would bite the bullet …But I am, alas, a bird, and if I had a face-lift, my neck would be improved, no question, but my face would end up pulled and tight.
Ms. Ephron was not aware that she did, in fact, have options. She could have gone with a QuickLift®, a lower face surgical procedure developed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy, MD, founder and medical director of The Skin Center Medical Spa. The QuickLift mini facelift addresses the sagging skin along the neck and jawline that are an unavoidable part of the aging process. Lax skin along this area can add years to a person’s appearance and contribute to a tired, worn facial expression.
Because the QuickLift permanently suspends the underlying structures of the lower face, patients see a more graceful and defined neckline for years to come. Small incisions and shorter surgical time result in less swelling and bruising, and a shorter recovery period.
If Nora was still with us, and I had the privilege of knowing her, I would tell her that she doesn’t need to feel bad about her neck (this would of course be after I’d asked her a million questions about how she created such unforgettable characters). I’d tell her about the QuickLift, and show her photos of women who have had the procedure, so that she could see for journalist self that none of them look “tight” or “pulled.” Rather, they just look like a more rested, more relaxed version of themselves. I think she would have approved.