An insider’s tips for Casey Anthony if she opts for nips and tucks
By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c)www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
What might Casey Anthony do to alter her appearance if she decides cosmetic surgery can help her hide in plain sight?
The invisibile Casey?
“She could change the shape of her face with a nose job, add implants to her cheek and jaw for starters,” since that’s what media spotters will be looking for, says nationally known cosmetic surgery consultant Carol Martin (http://www.theinformedchoice.com).
And it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg these days. “Surgeons are very open to making deals right now,” says the Atlanta based consultant and author of “The Little Book of Lipo,” (Amazon.com, $19.95).
Casey Anthony lawyer, Jose Baez refused to comment on rumors that Anthony has left Florida, or may potentially change her name or undergo plastic surgery, telling Geraldo Rivera his client was acquitted by a jury of 12 … and the American public needs to respect their decision.
“She deserves the right, like every citizen in this country, to go on and live her life, and it’s unfortunate that these rumors and conversations have to take place.”
But exactly how will Anthony, an admitted and possibly pathological liar, get the help to heal internally, while protecting her privacy and safety? “We’re exploring all possibilities right now, and of course we have to take into consideration her safety. Unfortunately, we don’t have all the answers just yet,” said Baez.
If Anthony were to explore radical cosmetic surgery to change her appearance as a permanent disguise, she might consult any number of top surgeons, or a cosmetic surgery consultant like Carol Martin, a TV friendly consumer advocate who fiercely guards clients’ privacy–even from her own husband–having walked thousands of women (and a few men) through cosmetic surgeries, sharing her insider tips in The New York Times, and the benefits and pitfalls of cosmetic surgery on specials from CNN to FOX to Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, and numerous magazines.
During a face to face meeting with a client, Martin learns what they want changed and why. Then, the consumer advocate who counts 11 surgeries of her own, may share her own experience, help them pick a top doctor specially trained in what they want done after checking their safety record with inside sources, and monitor their surgery, their post-op and help plan for a safe and fast recovery.
That might include what foods to eat and avoid, to keep swelling down, and what aches, pains and bruises are normal or cause to sound the alarm.
Her clients include women on a budget, the wealthy and everyone in between, and she’s careful they are doing it for the right reasons–not to please others. “New breasts or a face lift aren’t always the magic ticket to win back a spouse if he’s cheating on you,” she says, “though it may boost your confidence and draw attention from other men, which might not be so bad.”
Casey Anthony loves, even craves attention, the record shows. But with a public outraged over her acquital for killing her two year old daughter, she may grow increasingly anxious and afraid as the vilification sinks in.
If surgically altering her identity would protect her, make her invisible and help her sleep easier (her daughter’s death notwithstanding), “that’s as good a reason as any,” she says, “if it will bring her peace of mind, some confidence and make it harder for some whacko to pick her out in a crowd.”
There are rumored tales of whistleblowers in fear, felons in witness protection or mobsters with a price on their head who have gone under the knife to put on a new face to elude those hunting them; few would question their motives.
“It’s people who are doing it with the hope of winning back a wandering spouse, getting back the boyfriend, winning a promotion or feel they are ugly, despite having just won the Miss America pageant, we need to be careful about,” says Martin. “Their expectations may be unrealistic, and no amount of surgery may make them happy with themselves, or the surgeon,” she says. “That’s a formula for conflict and letdown.”
Or major therapy until they gain enough insight into their motives. Sometimes, she’s seen desperate patients surgeon shop after being turned down by one doctor or another. “I insist my clients be honest about their medical conditions with their surgeons,” she says, “it can put their lives in danger if they don’t. Look at Kanye West’s mother.”
She was turned down for surgery, for medical reasons, but finally found a surgeon to operate, apparently unaware of medical conditions that made her high risk, records show.
If Anthony is healthy, and commercial prospects remain hot to sell her story, a million dollar deal can buy alot of nip and tuck, no problem, says Martin, and she won’t have to spend a fortune these days for major cosmetic surgery.
“The industry has taken a huge economic hit with so many people hurting and others cutting back. To save money, people are putting surgeries — and vanity — on hold and learning to live with sags and wrinkles,” she says.
Even rich people. “Wealthy people are very aware of value and don’t want to overspend if they don’t have to,” says Martin, who will not discuss individual clients, including the rich and famous, unless they go public and give permission. “Even if they have mega millions in their portfolio, many are thinking how how much they lost on paper and get into a penny pinching mode, like regular folks.”
With the downturn, and cosmetic surgery often seen as an indulgence, “a lot of people are putting it off and learning to live, temporarily they hope, with sags and wrinkles,” she says, “and some excellent surgeons are offering discounts and playing a lot of golf, hoping things will get better.”
And what would Martin tell Casey Anthony if Tot Mom asked her advice on how to alter her appearance?
There’s hair, of course, and wardrobe. But for a complete makeover that included surgery, “the most obvious would be to change her hair — dye it, cut it and also dye her eyebrows–and also reshape her eyes…She’s got big round eyes, so an eye
procedure could make them more slanted. Also, color contacts would help….”
And Jose Baez? “He might want to consider a little ‘smart’ lipo on his neck. If he’s doing alot more TV, it will make him look slimmer, and younger.”
Carol Martin advises clients all over the country and Canada. She lives in Atlanta with two stepsons, two Jack Russells and husband, journalist Art Harris (yours truly), who is always surprised when people, celebrities, too, come up and volunteer they used Carol as a consultant to get a little work done. “She doesn’t tell me a thing,” he says, “as it should be, and I don’t ask.”