Illustration by Jean-Philippe Delhomme.
Sometimes, says Francesca Castagnoli, finding family harmony is as easy as getting the right injections.
I knew something was wrong when my husband and sons greeted me one Saturday morning with breakfast in bed. I wanted to believe they were just being nice, but for weeks they had been walking on eggshells. My husband, David, had been saying things like, "You know I love you, right?" Conrad, our 10-year-old, started setting the table without being asked, and Dashiell, our 7-year-old, came up to me and said, apropos of nothing, "Thanks for being my mom."
Other women would probably be delighted with their family's spontaneous affection, but it just made me suspicious. Still, when that breakfast arrived and the boys snuggled up to me, I thought, You know, maybe it really is just love. I asked David to take a picture of us. And as soon as I saw the photo, I realized what the room service was all about. I looked angry. My family thought I was mad…because my Botox and fillers had worn off.
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As I age, I don't look older so much as aggravated. And I must have looked extremely aggravated after seeing the photo, because David said, "Let's let Mommy rest for a while." As soon as everyone left the room, I called my doctor Yelena Yeretsky and told her I needed a mood-altering appointment.
Dr. Y, as her patients call her, is a petite Ukrainian whose clients include international spies, escorts, hedge fund managers, and mothers like me-all people with something to hide, even if all I'm hiding is her bill. She doesn't just examine your skin; she examines your lifestyle. If you appear tired, angry, or unhappy, she understands why and knows how to fix it.
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