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Should You Get Nipped and Tucked?

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Jane Baskin thinks that if you don”t like what you see in the mirror, you should feel free to change it.

“I”m a big advocate of what I call Life 2.0,”# said Baskin, a former social worker, anti-aging advocate and author of Jane of the Jungle. “What I”m referring to is the third stage of life, or the second stage of middle age. Because of the extended life span and the ability to prolong youth with medicine, diet, exercise and plastic surgery, old age is postponed.” She continues, “Life 2.0 is that time between cresting middle age and getting old. It should be as vital a time as youth. And if you feel young, you should look young, too.”#

Although Baskin opinion may be strong, the numbers bear out her message. According to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally-invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5 percent from 2009. In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010.

The top five surgical procedures in 2010 were:

* Breast augmentation (296,000)
* Nose reshaping (252,000)
* Eyelid surgery (209,000)
* Liposuction (203,000)
* Tummy tuck (116,000)

“Our life spans have increased dramatically over the last few decades, but the real question is whether we are truly living with those extra years,”# she added.

Her book is a fictional testimony to that philosophy, with a lead character who risks it all to live her twilight years with nerve instead of caution. She takes risks, finds adventure, even new love, and lives out the latter years of her life as if her story were just beginning, according to Baskin.

About Jane Baskin
Jane Baskin is a former Boston TAB features writer and clinical social worker. She lives in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and their herd of dogs and cats.