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Under the Knife – Part 3

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My friend, who was in the recovery room, told me that, to break the ice and see how alert I was, one of the nurses asked me to describe my last three sexual experiences. Well, it was like one of those “When E. F. Hutton talks.....” moments. I am told I gave a her a confused look and replied, “I’m sorry; there have not been that many.”


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This is the third in a series of essays on cosmetic plastic surgery. Harvey Chickelman, a BBHQ guest writer, has agreed to share his experience with bletharoplasty — surgery to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. Harvey contemplated surgery two weeks ago, and prepared for his excellent adventure last week.

This is his “before” photo.

About 20 years ago, management consultant Tom Peters wrote a book called “In Search of Excellence” — profiles of a few American corporations with an adundance of excellence. Surely it is time for another expedition.

Do you remember going to a restaurant.... I mean a real restaurant... not a Hooters or an Applebee’s... a real restaurant... and everything was perfect? The host/hostess recognized your name immediately; you were seated right away at a choice, secluded table; the waiter/waitress got your order exactly right the first time; he/she was always there when needed, but never when not. Remember that?

(I know it is a stretch, but it does happen.)

Well, such was my experience with cosmetic plastic surgery last week. It was such a thrill to see that excellence does exist, if only on an exception basis... and if only at a cost of over $3,000.

When I arrived for my scheduled surgery, a team of professionals had everything prepared. They took my vitals, told me exactly what was going to happen, and provided me a very clean, spiffy wardrobe for the occasion. The cap was the perfect touch, but the sport coat was a bit loose. I was told there was not time for a custom fitting. That’s OK. This was a hospital, not the Men’s Warehouse.

They inserted a saline IV and gave me a pre-surgery appetizer consisting of three pills. I’m not sure what two of them were, but they clearly identified the pink one as Valium. How powerful was it? Did it have a placebo effect? I donno. Not being into the drug scene, I am not sure.

But what I was impressed with is that everyone knew exactly what they were doing and when to do it. They clearly had done this before and were fully in charge.

I can see why the Hollywood crowd loves plastic surgery so much. The outcome of the surgery aside, I am sure they appreciate everyone paying such close attention to you. It was nice, but an hour or so of it was enough for me.

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