Faces Frozen in Time

I was watching television the other day and I heard someone say that it is difficult to find character actors to play older people these days because of all the plastic surgery.  They said that while the acting is great, the facial expressions don’t portray the character because after so much plastic surgery, the faces are expression-less.  I thought that was very sad.

A disclaimer:  Plastic surgery is miraculous.  It has saved lives and given lives to those who have really needed it.  It has also ‘fixed’ features which have been a source of shame to many.  But….as with so many things, have we gone a bit too far?  We are constantly finding new ways to slow the aging process, to be healthier and to live longer lives, and now….we have discovered how to erase wrinkles, smooth skin, and firm up the face (and other areas of the body), but what are we losing?

Personally, I think that faces that don’t (can’t) show emotion are frightening.  I want to see a beaming, broad smile when someone is happy, and I want to see a crinkled forehead when someone is filled with worry.  Lips curved downward and eyes closed and filled with tears show me that a heart is aching.  And,  eyes surrounded by laugh lines, cheeks with creases and lips with pucker marks tell me that a life has been lived in the fullest, joys have been shared and sorrows have been conquered.  I don’t want to be 16 again (well, most days), I’ve earned every one of these lines upon my face. 

I want to feel and I want my face to show my feelings.  It’s sad, Hollywood is having trouble finding mature actors that actually look their age.  Maybe it’s time for these faces frozen in time to consider another profession……playing poker???

Photo by Paul, Flicker

18 thoughts on “Faces Frozen in Time

  1. The face is like our canvas, showing the image of so much of what we feel. I’m with you on this one, there’s a beauty to seeing life and wisdom so apparently.

  2. Today I noticed that my original wrinkles have spawned tributaries. Soon my face may look like a badly cracked windshield. Yet I agree with what you’re saying, and so I embrace the changes of aging.

  3. oh so true.
    I wonder where the culture of youth has come from when wisdom is so much more important – and at least the older you get the more chance you have of having wisdom – I hope!
    blessings m+x

  4. My father was born with a double cleft lip and palate. After WW2- when they developed plastic surgery techniques to fix burn victims etc- he was able to have a plastic surgery repair as an adult- before I came along. Apparently the techniques were such back then that he spent many hours after treatment playing card patience with himself, unable to speak. Plastic surgery enabled him to have a more normal face so that people were not so fearful.

    1. What a beautiful story and I can only imagine how your father must have felt to finally be free from that terrible pain. Yes, plastic surgery can certainly work miracles. We will pray for the doctors.

  5. Yes, I understand the need for plastic surgery to repair damage from illness or injury but also question the ‘beautification’ industry. The latter is not present in my world, however. People seem happy to age gracefully!

  6. I couldn’t agree more! Some of the most beautiful people I have ever known are elderly folks with happy faces marked by wrinkles and lines and all that goes with aging. In my eyes they have grown old gracefully.

  7. Hi Andie,

    Very funny! I agree with you. It’s the botox that freezes faces in time. All Hollywood has to do is add makeup that makes people look old. But that costs extra money in production. Oh well, what are you goin’ to do? 🙂


  8. LOL – you’re right about those plastic faces being perfect for poker!

    Your face is like a map of all your experiences… each line has been earned by pain and joy. We should embrace our faces…

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